Essential French progressive rock band Carpe Diem has a new album titled Circonvolutions (Musea FGBG 4960). The band’s influences include rock, classical music and jazz.
The current lineup includes Christian Truchi on piano, keyboards, lead vocals; Alain Faraut on drums; George Ferrero on bass, vocals, guitar; Gilbert Abbenanti on guitar and e-bow; Gérald Macia on acoustic and electric guitars, violin; and Claude-Marius David on tenor and soprano saxophone, flute, percussion.
Jane Getter Premonition, a rising progressive rock supergroup has announced two UK shows in support of the recent release On (Madfish). The group is led by guitar wizard Jane Getter, who will be joined by keyboardist Adam Holzman (Miles Davis, Steven Wilson), bassist Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai); guitarist Randy McStine, and drummer John Mader (Steve Miller, Pat Benatar).
“I’m really excited to be bringing my band to the UK!” said Jane Getter. “We will be playing the exciting and hard hitting music from our newly released album, On, along with a few older hits from Three and See Jane Run. Get ready for some intense jams!”
On was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York and includes an outstanding line up of progressive rock, jazz and rock musicians: keyboardist Adam Holzman, bass player Bryan Beller, jazz-rock drummer Chad Wackerman and special guests including vocalist Corey Glover, jazz-metal guitarist Alex Skolnick and British saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist Theo Travis.
Guitarist and composer Jane Getter has performed with many jazz and rock luminaries while acquiring increasing recognition as a bandleader, gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Brother Jack McDuff. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Dance or Theatre in the mid 1990’s.
Her debut album, Jane, in 1998 received worldwide critical acclaim and the 2006 follow up, See Jane Run, was released on Alternity Records (home of Allan Holdsworth). In 2012 she released the progressive jazz-rock album, Three. Getter also received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live Band.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, better known as ELP, one of the seminal bands of the progressive rock era, have signed their catalog to BMG.
The ELP deal includes rights to at least 17 albums by the supergroup, including the trailblazing debut album Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970), Tarkus (1971) and probably their best known album Brain Salad Surgery. It brings together rights previously split between North America and Europe, with BMG now holding rights for the World excluding South East Asia.
BMG promises a significant reissue campaign, with BMG gaining access to the prized ELP archive including original master tapes, demos, alternate versions, radio sessions, videos, rare photos / memorabilia and bootlegs, from the influential musicians.
ELP were formed in 1970 by charismatic keyboard player Keith Emerson (formerly of The Nice), vocalist and guitarist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and drummer/percussionist Carl Palmer (formerly of Atomic Rooster). The group combined jazz and classical music with rock. By 1974 they were as big as Led Zeppelin as a live draw.
Dawn Treader is one of the finest electronic music release of 2015. It’s the latest recording by Chronotope Project, the ambient electronic music project of multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Ericson Allen. What’s great about this album is that Chronotope Project has develop a superb mix of meditative, ambient, and sequencer-based electronics with world music elements, specifically Japanese music and American Indian flute melodies.
Jeffrey Ericson Allen does it all in his home studio. He composes and records his music using a combination of analog and digital synthesizers, cello, Irish whistle, recorder, koto, Tibetan and quartz singing bowls, hand percussion and the Haken Continuum Fingerboard, a controller and synthesizer developed by American engineer Lippold Haken.
Dawn Treader is an exceptionally good ambient album overflowing with mesmerizing acoustic and electronic soundscapes and melodies.
Yuka & Chronoship, one of the finest progressive rock bands frrm Japan with a third album titled “The 3rd Planetary Chronicles”. This is symphonic progressive rock at its best. The band leader is keyboardist, composer and vocalist Yuka Funakoshi. She uses a wide-range of keyboard sounds, from majestic symphonic and solo synths to exquisite grand piano.
Although influenced by earlier progressive bands, Yuka & Chronoship has develops its own sound, characterized by keyboards and vocals supported by electric bass, drums and guitars. Although the keyboards dominate most of the album, Yuka treats the listener to fabulous interplay with guitarist Takashi Miyazawa who sometimes sounds remarkably similar to Alan Holdsworth.
“The 3rd Planetary Chronicles” presents a variety of musical moods, from magnificent orchestral and mellotron passages to outstanding piano solos and transfixing crystalline electronics.
The fascinating album artwork is by Hideji Oda, a Japanese manga artist associated with the Nouvelle manga movement, known for “Dispersion”, “Coo’s World”, and “Miyori’s Forest”.
The lineup on “The 3rd Planetary Chronicles” includes Yuka Funakoshi on keyboard and vocals; lyricist Shun Taguchi on bass and keyboards; Ikko Tanaka on drums; and Takashi Miyazawa on guitar.
Sometimes we highlights some of the best tracks on the album. In this case, however, all tracks are equally memorable. “The 3rd Planetary Chronicles” is an exceptionally good progressive rock recording by some of the most talented musicians in Japan.
Celebrated English progressive rock musician Anthony Phillips released a 3-CD Definitive Edition of his classic album “The Geese & The Ghost” (Cherry Red) earlier this year.
“The Geese & The Ghost” was the result of practically four years of hard work by Phillips, in collaboration with Genesis bassist Mike Rutherford (who co-wrote three of the pieces on the record), beginning with a series of recordings made on a TEAC 4 track tape recorders, progressing to sessions on the barge studio of engineer Tom Newman.
Anthony Phillips, who was one of the original founders of Genesis, invited drummer Phil Collins (Genesis), John Hackett, Viv Mcauliffe, Jack Lancaster and many others. The Geese and the Ghost finally appeared in 1977 in the United States of America on the Passport label and in the UK on the Hit & Run imprint.
This definitive production of The Geese and the Ghost has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes by Simon Heyworth and includes a stunning new 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the album by Andy Myles and Simon Heyworth, along with a CD of demos and early versions of the tracks on The Geese and the Ghost.
The bonus tracks are completed with the addition of both sides of an abortive single from 1973, Silver Song and Only Your Love (previously unreleased). Both tracks feature Phil Collins as vocalist. This 3 disc clamshell box edition includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with new essay by Jonathan Dann and fully restores the original UK album artwork.