When you create a list of things that you would like to do or accomplish in your lifetime, it becomes your "bucket list." Well, one such "bucket list" features a new album from legendary artists Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. This trio, who have named themselves, The Bucket List, have recorded an album of 12 instrumentals that showcase the wonderful talents of each member of the band. We begin with "Sometimes 11," which starts out like a beautiful, wide-open jazz number, before taking off into more progressive rock territory. Levin's bass leads the way on the funky breaks of "Fearless," while Keaggy's guitar work on "Midlife Crisis" is exceptional. The album continues with the quieter, experimental rhythm of "Stella Luna," as drummer Jerry Marotta pours his heart into this performance. The band expands their sound with the interesting tones of "Phil's On," before closing their new album with the beautiful melody of "Caravan" and the sunny jazz sounds of "Blue Hawaii." To find out more from The Bucket List, please visit jerrymarotta.com.
The new progressive rock band, DarWin recently released their full-length debut album "Origin Of Species." It features the work of legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, Judas Priest, The Who) and veteran bass player Matt Bissonette (David Lee Roth), with guest appearances from Greg Howe, Jeff Babko, Dennis Hamm and Ernst Tibbs. The new release is a concept album about the future of the world as chaos and confusion ensues. It is broken up into two separate acts, as things kick off with the aggressive feel of "For Humanity" and "The Last Chance." The tempo slows down for the more melodic tones of "Taking Chances" and "Escape The Maze." The first part of the album closes with the addition of The Chamber Orchestra of London filling up the grand appeal of "Forever."