Progressive rock artist Dave Kerzner recently released his second solo album titled "Static." The album features a guest appearance from legendary Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, as well as members of Big Big Train and Porcupine Tree. Kerzner's new 14-track album plays out like a rock opera, centered around the chaos of modern everyday life. After a short piano "Prelude," the album kicks off with the 8-minute prog-rock attack of "Hypocrites" as Kerzner establishes himself as a student of early progressive rock giants like King Crimson, Genesis and Pink Floyd. Hackett makes his presence known with the guitar solo in "Static," before Kerzner picks up the tempo for the harder edge rocker "Chain Reaction." He continues with the sonic blast of "Dirty Soap Box" and the seven-minute epic piece "The Truth Behind," before finishing up his new album with the nearly 17-minute prog-rock adventure "The Carnival Of Modern Life," which ties his whole concept album together. To find out more about Dave Kerzner and his latest release "Static," please visit davekerzner.com.
Chicago native Scott Fischer is ready to return to his band after contributing to Zappacast (official Frank Zappa podcast) and performing as a member of the Rod Stewart Experience. He recently released his seventh studio album titled "Open 28 Hours" as his songwriting continues to grow toward the prog-rock genre of music. His new 10-song release begins with the funk-soul groove of "The In-Betweener" and continues with the more pop-oriented rock tone of "You & Everybody." He showcases a harder edge on the grind of "3 6 9," before the Steely Dan inspiration of "Spiders." The highlight of the album is the nearly ten-minute epic piece "Mother Of A Ship" as Fischer lets loose on this studio jam feeling, before finishing up with the acoustic rock sing-along of "Zen." To find out more about Fischer's Flicker and his latest release "Open 28 Hours," please visit fischersflicker.com.
Many may know Ed Palermo from his orchestral arrangements of Frank Zappa's music, following the artists' death in 1993, but his latest incantation features The Ed Palermo Big Band reinventing the music of Zappa and Todd Rundgren. Their new album titled "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren" features 25 tracks and over an hour's worth of interpretations of some of the most well-known songs in rock music like "Peaches En Regalia" and "Hello It's Me." Palermo and his Big Band jam on their nearly seven-minute version of Zappa's "Montana" and use there voices as the instruments during "Echidna's Arf (Of You)." The band turns Rundgren's "Broke Down And Busted" into show-tune gold, as you'd swear it was part of a Broadway musical. The album closes with a great cover of Zappa's "Zoot Allures" and the quick-moving one-minute reprise of "Yer Fast." To find more about The Ed Palermo Big Band and their latest release "The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren," please visit palermobigband.com.