Monday, March 8, 2021

March In Jazz With New Music From Hailey Brinnel, Malnoia and Dean Tsur

Jazz vocalist/trombonist Hailey Brinnel very recently released her debut album "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles." It features eight tracks that find Hailey's sound rooted in the early days of jazz, while also adding her modern spin to them. She starts off the album with the six-minute, swinging melody of "Orange Colored Sky," which give her band a chance to introduce themselves with solos. Hailey's sweet vocals skat their way through "Give Me The Simple Life" and shine bright on the classic ballad "Stardust," which truly makes her stand above the rest. She wraps up her new album with the swift-moving pace of "Easy To Love," which keeps things quick and exciting, along with the traditional "Show Me The Way To Go Home," which features a New Orleans jazzy style sound. To find out more about Hailey Brinnel and her latest release "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," please visit haileybrinnel.com.

On the horizon is the sophomore effort from the jazz trio, Malnoia titled "Hello Future." It features eleven tracks, beginning with the gentle, flow of "First Ocean," as each member is allowed to stretch out on this opening introduction. The trio combine a classical element to their jazz approach on their statement of "DemocrApp," while "TimeSaver3050" is a graceful waltz, as you feel the emotion in the presentation of the music. The tempo picks back up with the renewed energy of "Choro Humano," as each instrument continues to push the others to keep up. Malnoia close out their new album with the beautifully elegant notes of "The Last Snowfall" and the picture perfect sounds of "Tears In Rain," as the music puts you in the scene. To find out more about Malnoia and their latest release "Hello Future," please visit malnoiamusic.com.

At the close of March, we have the arrival of saxophonist Dean Tsur's latest release "Live From Lock Down." The set includes his jazz quartet, The Songbirds and was recorded in November 2020, in front of in-person technicians and an online audience. It was also filmed and will be released on a number of different format on March 26th through Outside In Music. The show contains some of Dean's favorite tracks to perform live, like the energetic opener of Charlie Parker's "Salt Peanuts" and the Gershwin classic "I Loves You Porgy," which finds Dean and pianist Yonatan Riklis performing their own duet. The band add a bit of blues to their sound with the quietness of "Spring Can Really Hang You Up," before swinging once again with the more upbeat tempo of "Fly Me To The Moon." Dean Tsur and The Songbirds finish the album with the swift-moving, eight-minute jam of "Cherokee" and the Thelonious Monk classic "Round Midnight." To find out more about Dean Tsur and his latest release "Live From Lock Down," please visit deantsur.com.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

New Music From Country Duo 3 Pairs Of Boots and Singer/Songwriter Chris Pellnat

Husband and wife duo, Andrew Stern and Laura Arias, recently released a new album as their persona, 3 Pairs Of Boots. The new release titled "Long Rider" was pushed from its original fall 2020 release to late-January and is now available on all digital platforms, as well as on CD. It begins with "Quitin' Time," which slowly, gracefully re-introduces you to their "down home" country goodness, as Laura' vocals have a nostalgic, timeless quality to it. The album softly continues with the floating ballad "Angels Of The Trail," before bringing the tempo up with the bluesy swagger of "Devil Road" and the two-steppin' tempo of "Take A Step." 3 Pairs Of Boots showcase their fragile side with the quiet, acoustic ballad "I Am The Map," before wrapping up their new album with the country rock approach of "Low" and the fun, swinging tempo of "Roller Coaster." To find out more about 3 Pair Of Boots and their latest latest release "Long Rider," please visit 3pairsofboots.com.

Singer/songwriter Chris Pellnat returns with his new album "Crossing," which was recorded during the 2020 "lockdown" due to the Corona virus. This is truly a solo album with Chris providing everything for the nine tracks that make up this release. He begins with the alternative-pop melody of "Stupid Child," then switches to the sixties, psychedelic sounds of "Concordia," before returning to the gentle, acoustic sounds of "Inner Monologue." Chris keeps things simple with blues sounding "The Good Side Of Town," before finishing with the more upbeat, pop rhythm of "No My Soulmate" and the raw, alternative buzz of "Silent Reverie." To find out more about Chris Pellnat and his latest release "Crossing," please visit facebook.com/ChristopherPellnat.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

New Box Sets From British Music Acts Be-Bop Deluxe and Fashion

Arriving March 19 from Esoteric Recordings is a new deluxe box set from the British progressive rock band, Be-Bop Deluxe's final studio album "Drastic Plastic." This new release features six discs (4-CD/2-DVD) that cover pretty much every aspect of the album, from the surround sound mixes to unreleased demos, to live radio appearances. The original album has been remastered from the original master tapes and appears on the first disc, along with some extras, like the non-album singles "Future Manifesto" and "Blue As A Jewel." Also included on the close of the first disc is a stark, take four version of "Island Of The Dead," which carries a sixties psychedelic vibe, and the groovy, jazzy instrumental "The Saxophonist."

Disc two includes a couple of Be-Bop Deluxe's live radio appearances from the BBC in 1978. The sound of these recordings is exceptional and it shows the band in top form, as they perform the new wave/punk anthems "Superenigmatix" and "Possession." The third disc of the set features a new stereo mix of the album, which gives it a cleaner, clearer sound, which is especially present in the harder rock songs like "New Precision" and "Love In Flames." Lead singer/guitarist Bill Nelson's demos make up the fourth CD in this set and may the the treasure that fans have been waiting to hear. While the recordings may be on the rougher side, hearing the development of songs like "Islands Of The Dead," "New Mysteries" and "Dangerous Stranger" give the listener a new appreciation for the final result.

The two DVDs include home movie footage of the "Drastic Plastic" sessions and the original broadcast of their 1978 appearance on "Sight & Sound In Concert" for BBC television. The set also includes a 68-page book filled with previously unseen photos and a new essay by former band member Bill Nelson, along with a replica poster and postcards. To find out more about this new deluxe box set of the Be-Bop Deluxe album "Drastic Plastic," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

Picking up where Be-Bop Deluxe left off was the British eighties new wave band, Fashion. Their second studio album "Fabrique" also get the deluxe treatment as a new 4-CD set, which includes all the songs that appeared in publication spread across three discs. Rarities includes a seven-minute promo mix of "Love Shadow" and multiple versions of "Something In Your Picture," including the hard-to-find test pressing of the song. The fourth disc of the set includes nine tracks from Dave Harris (De Harriss) and Zeus B. Held's performance in Birmingham, England back in 2019. The box set also includes a 60-page booklet with a signed certificate of authenticity, along with photos, posters and ticket reproductions. To find out more about this new box set from Fashion, please visit musicglue.com/fashion-fabrique-deluxe.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Unveils Hasaan Ibn Ali's Lost Album, Tommy Cecil & Nate Najar Deliver American Melodies While Guai Delivers New Brazilian Jazz

American jazz pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali had a unique style to his playing. He was very intense, hitting the keys with a rapid movements that almost took his performance out of rhythm, but his passion for playing was always present. Hasaan was a member of The Max Roach Trio and also played with Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and J.J. Johnson. Rumor has it that his style gave some influence to John Coltrane's solo work. Hasaan Ibn Ali first appeared on the 1964 album " The Max Roach Trio featuring Hasaan Ibn Ali." Roach then used his influence at Atlantic Records to record sessions with Hasaan as the lead, but before the album could be completed, Hasaan was incarcerated for drug possession and the album was eventually shelved. The master tapes were eventually destroyed in an Atlantic Records warehouse fire, but a copy of those tapes was recently discovered and on March 5th, Omnivore Recordings will unveil "Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album" by Hasaan Ibn Ali.

This new release features ten tracks, seven originals and three shortened versions. The album begins with the energetic romp of "Atlantic Ones," which features the swift pace that Hasaan was known for, along with saxophonist Odean Pope, bassist Art Davis and drummer Kalik Madi. Each member gets their moment to shine on the smooth melody of "El Hasaan," while "Richard May Love Give Powell" showcases a softer side to Hasaan's writing and performing. The energy picks back up with the title track "Metaphysics," as each instrument is working overtime to keep pace. The album finishes with the eleven-minute "True Train," which finds the band playing with passion, working in different time signatures. To find out more about the long, lost Atlantic Album "Metaphysics" from Hasaan Ibn Ali, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Bassist Tommy Cecil and guitarist Nate Najar have teamed up for the new release titled "American Melodies." It features thirteen tracks that have the duo recreating some of the most special songs of the American musical landscape. They begin with the Gershwin classic "Of Thee I Sing," which is handled very delicately, as if it was an old relic to behold. They pick the tempo up with the finger-plucking strings of "Minor Mishap" and "Bitty Ditty," as Tommy and Nate get right down to the root of melody of these songs. They add a bit of blues to the album in the form of "Like A Straw In The Wind" and turn Billy Joel's doo-wap classic "The Longest Time" into a graceful, gentle ballad. Tommy Cecil and Nate Najar finish off their new album with a wonderful rendition of the great Duke Ellington's "Black Beauty," along with the closing lullabye "Sure On This Shining Night." To find out more about the album "American Melodies," please visit tommycecil.com.

Finally we arrive at the debut album from Brazilian songstress Guai. Her new release titled "Dama De Paus" features ten tracks sung in her native language of Portuguese and delivered with a passion to prove something to the world. After the instrumental "Overture," Guai gracefully lets the vocals flow along to the music of "Alquimia," before the salsa flair of "Era Uma Vez" brings energy to the album. Without knowing or understanding the meaning of the lyrics, Guai's vocals are amazing and will draw you into the swinging jazz music of songs like "Nega, Nego" and "Rota de Colisao." To find out more about Guai and her latest release "Dama De Paus," please visit guai.com.br.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

New Jazz Music From Schapiro 17, Rebecca Dumaine & The Dave Miller Trio and Ian Charleton Big Band

Jazz composer Jon Schapiro is ready to release is latest studio recording "Human Qualities" on March 12th. Schapiro conducts his 17-piece band through a set of seven original tracks and one special cover song. The album begins with the high-energy, big band swinging tempo of "Count Me Out," followed by the soft, sultry sway of "Tango," which pulls you in with its relaxed melody. The Schapiro 17 turn the traditional ballad "The First Time Ever I Saw You Face" into one of their own, as the band jam as one complete unit throughout the nearly ten minute composition. They fill up all eleven-plus minutes of "Hallelujah" with a spaced out jazz fusion that take the music of Schapiro 17 to another level. The album closes with the band returning back to the nostalgic big band swing of "A Bounce In Her Step," along with the funky jazz beats of "House Money." To find out more about the Schapiro 17 and their latest release "Human Qualities," please visit schapiro17.com.

Vocalist Rebecca Dumain and The Dave Miller Trio are also preparing the release of their new album titled "Someday, Someday." It is an uplifting set of fourteen swinging numbers, beginning with fun, energetic "Just Friends," as you instantly fall in love with this combo. Rebecca's voice leads the way through Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again (Naturally)," while The Dave Miller Trio add the perfect backdrop for the title track "Someday, Someday." The wonderful lyrics of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" are perfectly given their rightful due in this jazz setting, before the band get a little funky with the beats of "Time To Get Unstuck (Happy Little New Song)," one of only two originals that appear on the album. The Dave Miller Trio add an interesting time signature to the classic "Cry Me A River" and Rebecca shines on the French traditional pop standard "La Vie En Rose/Au Privave." They finish their new album with the light-hearted sway of "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" and the jazzed up pop hit "Sunny," made famous by Bobby Hebb." To find out more about Rebecca Dumain and The Dave Miller Trio's latest release "Someday, Someday," please visit rebeccadumaine.com.

Last, but not least we have the first new recordings from jazz composer/bandleader Ian Charleton titled "A Fresh Perspective." Ian leads his 18-piece big band through ten exciting musical numbers, beginning with the upbeat, eye-opening romp of "1 West 67th Street." The relaxed feel of "Sunday Morning" just takes its time moving through each solo with no rush," while "Everything I Got" is a quick, swinging number sung by vocalist Emily Charleton. The band fully embraces the graceful touch of the well-known "Stardust" and deliver a reworking of Irving Berlin's classic "Blue Skies." Ian Charleton Big Band wrap up their new album with the quiet, elegant touch of "Tea For Two," the salsa twist of "When Sunny Gets Blue" and the eight-minute swinging finale of "Party On Park." To find out more about Ian Charleton's Big Band and their latest release "A Fresh Perspective," please visit jazzpromoservices.com/project/ian-charleton-big-band.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

New Jazz Music From The Vinnie Riccitelli Octet, David Larsen and Jack Brandfield

Jazz saxophonist Vinnie Riccitelli started out professionally in 1941, at age fifteen, performing along side his brother Joe in the Catskills of New York. He joined the Navy during World War II as a radio operator, before attending the prestigious Juilliard School Of Music. Upon graduation, he would marry the love of his life and release his first album in 1956. Vinnie would not record another album, but performed along with some of the greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Barbara Streisand, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and The Temptations just to name some of his endeavors over the course of four decades. Vinnie Riccitelli stopped performing professionally in 2018, but in 2019 an album was started which gave tribute to Vinnie Riccitelli. The album is "For The Record" and was performed by the Vinnie Riccitelli Octet, with Vinnie appearing at every recording session for the album.

The new seventeen song release features a mix of Vinnie Riccitelli compositions, along with some of his favorites from Thelonious Monk, Henry Mancini and Herbie Hancock. The set of musicians that make up the octet are some of the top session performers in jazz music and bring the music of Vinnie Riccitelli and others to life, beginning with the energetic entrance of Riccitelli's own "Minor Seventh Heaven." The classic big band sound of "Stompin' At The Savoy" is executed perfectly, while the slow sway of "Blues Dominant" gives you another great Riccitelli original full of emotion and heart. The melody of "Darn That Dream" simply flows along, while "Flying Down To Rio" is full of energy and rhythm to get your foot tapping. The album closes with the Octet's horn-infused version of Monk's "Round Midnight," along with the final Vinnie Riccitelli composition "Little Boy Blew," which swings with excitement. Check out more music from Vinnie Riccitelli on YouTube at youtube.com.

Fellow jazz saxophonist David Larsen is preparing the March 5th release of his tribute to the legendary jazz artist, Gerry Mulligan. What began years ago as a study of Mulligan's music has cumulated with the release of "The Mulligan Chronicles," which features Mulligan's music performed by Larsen, along with special guests, some of whom have played with Gerry Mulligan during his lifetime. The new thirteen track release begins with the upbeat tempo of "Walkin' Shoes," which gives the members of the band to stretch their legs with some solos of their own. The album was recorded in one session and you can almost feel the honesty of the music in songs like "Curtains" and "Lonesome Boulevard," as it was performed on that day in January back in 2020, before the world got turned upside down. The energy picks up with the swift movement of "Idol Gossip" and "The Flying Scotsman," which fully shows off Larsen's talents on the baritone sax. The album finishes with the smooth, almost spontaneous delivery of "Out Back Of The Barn" and final swing of horns on "Taurus Moon." To find out more about David Larsen and his latest release "The Mulligan Chronicles," please visit larsenjazz.com.

Let us not forget New York City native jazz saxophonist Jack Brandfield, who is ready to release his debut studio album "I'll Never Be The Same" in April. On this recording, Jack is joined by guitarist Randy Napoleon and bassist Rodney Whitaker to make the perfect soundtrack for a nighttime escape. Jack begins his new twelve-track release with "Nobody Else But Me," as each member gets their moment in the spotlight. The album feels so intimate that you feel every pluck of the strings and every breath flowing through the sax on songs like "Vignette" and "Lover Come Back To Me." The delicate touch that Jack and his band give the Antonio Carlos Jobim classic "Andorinha," shows the respect they have for the music that has come before them. They also give an elegant touch to Duke Ellington's "Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me," before finishing with the Latin swing of "Bossa Nova Ova" and the fun, upbeat tempo of "Wildwood." To find out more about Jack Brandfield and his latest release "I'll Never Be The Same," please visit jackbrandfield.com.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Discover The Worldly Sounds of Kenney Polson and Kane Mathis

West coast jazz artist Kenney Polson is preparing the March release of his new album "Colors Of Brazil." Polson has traveled the world, visiting 50 different countries and looks to bring the flavor of South America to his music with these ten newly recorded tracks. Kenney Polson was one of the few artists to perform some shows in 2020 before the world travel ban was put in place due to the pandemic. The lockdown allowed Kenney to focus on recording this new album, which kicks off with "Aquarela do Brazil," with his sax leading the way. The album is mostly made up of covers, with the lone original song "Hipnotizado" delivering a modern, smooth jazz feel with a Latin rhythm to dance to. Kenney Polson and his band inject a shot energy into the samba makeover of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and will certainly get your hips moving with the Latin flair of "Leva e Traz." He wraps up his new album with the graceful touch of "Bicycle Ride" and the relaxing sounds of "Luz do Sol." To find out more about Kenney Polson and his latest release "Colors Of Brazil," please visit kenneypolson.com.

Accomplished musician Kane Mathis had taken on the task of learning to perform new music with the 21-string Mandinka Harp (a traditional West African instrument) and the Turkish Oud (which is a short-necked lude, pear-shaped instrument). After studying these instruments for over two decades, he has now brought his learnings to a new album titled "Geminus," which features ten tracks that finds Kane switching between the two instruments. The seven-plus minute opener "Route Des Jardins" flows beautifully through the string notes of the Mandinka Harp, as you a swept away by the melody. Kane then transports you with the Middle Eastern sound of "Kurdi 7 and 9," before returning to the angelic, harp-like instrumental "Kaira." His talents on the Oud shine, as he presents "Etude (For Oud In 3 Sections)," which keeps you glued to his every pluck of the string. Kane Mathis closes out his new album with an swift, energetic run through "Gemini" and the final excursion to other worldly lands with the delivery of "Nikriz Sirto." To find out more about Kane Mathis and his latest release "Geminus," please visit kanemathis.com.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Support Women In Music, Check Out New Releases From Jana Herzen, Annicia Banks and Fely Tchaco

Jazz vocalist and guitarist Jana Herzen will be releasing her new live album on March 12th, with a vinyl edition arriving in June. The album was recorded at Joe's Pub in New York City on October 29, 2019 and features eleven tracks. The show was to preview Jana's latest studio album "Nothing But Love," which was released in January 2020, but instead has become a reminder of the need of live music to return once again. Her new live album kicks off with the bebop jazz flow of "Nothing But Love," while "Speak" is more airy, with a folk appeal to the music. Next, Jana takes you down south with the Brazilian jazz appeal of "My Latin Love," before slowing down for the gentle ballad "Night Blooming Jasmine." The energy picks back up with smooth, R&B/jazz tempo of "With An Open Heart" and the playful, addictive melody of "Like A River." Jana Herzen closes her new live album with the emotional flow of "Thinking Of You" and the poetic, graceful touch of "In The Name Of Love." To find out more about Jana Herzen and her latest release "Live," please visit janaherzen.net.

Also arriving in March is the debut EP from reggae artist Annicia Banks. Her new seven-song release titled "Up Front" finds Annica stepping up to the lead singer spot, beginning with the upbeat, island groove of "Jamaica Forever," which features support from King Kohai. The album's lead single is a cover of Dennis Brown's "Love Has Found It's Way," which combines elements or reggae with jazz and R&B, to give the song a modern dance vibe. The pure rhythms of Jamaica are heard on "Hush," while Annicia's voice simply soars on "It's Too Late." She finishes her new album with the soulful, gospel-like touch of "Restore My Soul." To find out more about Annicia Banks and her latest release "Up Front," please visit rawvuemusic.com.

San Francisco bay-area artist Fely Tchaco is preparing the release of her new album "Yita (Deep Water)" for March 8th, International Women's Day. This is Fely's fifth full-length release and features eleven tracks that have been inspired and dedicated to the African and Middle Eastern migrants who have lost their live crossing the Mediterranean Sea in hopes for a better life. The tribal rhythms of the opening track "Ato Lagoh" only begins your adventure to the style of music that may not be discussed on today's radio. The wonderful harmonies of "Cawe Yoko" are simply uplifting, Fely slows down for the quieter flow of "Blamer Les Autres." The addictive beats work back in to the eight-minute, storied lesson of "Djebi Dje" and the worldly sounds of "Zaouli." Fely modernizes her sound with the dance club sound of "Zante," before finishing her new album with the undeniable pop melody of "It's Never Too Late" and the techno-infused "Kubeli." To find out more about Fely Tchaco and her latest release "Yita (Deep Water)," please visit felymusic.com.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Let's Get Rocking With New Music From Radar, Touch and Tremendous

After a chance meeting nearly 40 years ago between David West, Rod Jordan and Gary Stevenson, has turned into one of the longest waits for a debut album. Finally, on February 19th, the band Radar released their long, overdue recording titled "Lost In The Atlantic." The new ten track release kicks off with the energetic, eighties-sounding hard rock blast of "A Trick Of Light" and the more progressive feel of "Goodbye Mr. President." The album continues to deliver that nostalgic, syth-infused sound with "Laena" and "The Calling Time," while also flexing their more aggressive rock side with "Love Wars." The album wraps up with pop sensibility of "Someone's Crying" and the electronic overload of "Olympic Runner." To find out more about Radar and the album "Lost In The Atlantic," please visit escape-music.com.

Also on the horizon from Escape Music Ltd. is the third full-length release from the band Touch. Their new album titled "Tomorrow Never Comes" features twelve tracks that simply rock, bringing their classic sound to modern times. They begin with addictive chorus of the title track "Tomorrow Never Comes," which burns with hard rock fury and energy. The guitars come out blazing on the adrenaline shot of "Let It Come" and the epic-sounding masterpiece "Swan Song." Touch come firing back with the electrifying sound of "Fire And Ice," before slowing down for the power ballad "Trippin' Over Shadows." They wrap up their new album with the straight up swagger of "Lil Bit Of Rock And Roll," the bluesy style of "Scream At The Sky" and the seventies-sounding FM radio anthem "Run For Your Life." To find out more about Touch and their latest release "Tomorrow Never Comes," please visit escape-music.com.

The U.K. glam rock band Tremendous also recently released their debut album titled "Relentless." It features ten tracks, beginning with the addictive, nostalgic power of "Don't Leave Our Love (Open For Closing)" and the glamorous power ballad "Like Dreamers Do." This trio capture the essence of classic rock with "Rock 'n' Roll Satellite" and energy of "Daniela," in order to deliver a modern glam rock sound that should be turning heads in the music industry. Tremendous deliver the British rock vibe of "Take A Good Look At My Good," before finishing their new album with the aggressive, punk-like attack of "Heart Sinker," along with the big guitar sound that motors through the closer "Copycat Killer." To find out more about Tremendous and their latest release "Relentless," please visit facebook.com/TremendousMusic.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Japan Returns To The "Quiet Life," While The Melvins Are Finally "Working With God"

English new wave band, Japan is reissuing their 1979 break-through album "Quiet Life" as a three-disc expanded set, which includes rare mixes and a live show from 1980. Japan banged out five albums in four years, before splitting up in 1982 after burning out, just as the band was achieving major commercial success. On March 5th, BMG will release Japan's "Quiet Life" deluxe edition on CD and a limited edition half-speed red vinyl version.

The original eight-song album is remastered and features that pure electronic/synthesized sound that made pop music in the eighties so addictive. The album lead off with the title-track "Quiet Life," which feels built for the dance clubs, while the atmospheric ballad "Despair" contains a timeless, relaxed quality to the song. The Lou Reed penned "All Tomorrows Parties" was also released as a single, after the group disbanded and cracked the Top 40 in the U.K. This new deluxe edition includes remixes of songs that did not appear on the "Quiet Life" album, like "European Son" and "Life In Tokyo," which appear here in their 7" and 12" remixed forms. Japan's cover of Smokey Robinson's "I Second That Emotion," was originally released as a single in 1980 to promote the album, and is included in this set in its remix forms. I wish "A Foreign Place" was included on the first disc, with the original album, as it was intended to be part of it's initial release, but is included along with the remixes and rarities.

Fans of Japan will no debut be ecstatic about the addition of the "lost " live in Budokan show from March 1980. The rough recording includes fifteen songs, which showcases another side to the band's polished studio sound and also displays their popularity in the Far East during this time period. The recording is not perfect and sounds like a bootleg recording that was cleaned up for this release. Don't get me wrong, the recording is definitely enjoyable and puts you right in the front row of the show. It includes some rare gems, like "In Vogue" and "Life In Tokyo" and closes with a punk-like version of "Automatic Gun" from their 1978 album "Obscure Alternatives." To find out more about the new deluxe edition of Japan's album "Quiet Life," please visit japan.tmstor.es.

Also, let's welcome back the Melvins with a new studio album titled "Working With God." Even though this is a new Melvins album, it actually features the line-up of Melvins 1983, which includes King Buzzo, Dale Crover and Mike Dillard. The new thirteen-track release kicks off with "I Fuck Around," which is sung in the same melody as The Beach Boys' "I Get Around" and is as addictive as hell to sing along to. The raw, hard rock sound that the Melvins are known for is still present in the tracks "Negative No No" and "Caddy Daddy," along with the classic, nostalgic punk-like fury of "Boy Mike." The album finishes with the slow grinding of "Hot Fish" and the sweet, harmonies of "Good Night Sweetheart." To find out more about the new album "Working With God" from the Melvins, please visit themelvins.net.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Celebrate 30 Years Of "Shake Your Money Maker" With A New Box Set From The Black Crowes

It has been 30 years (32 actually) since the Robinson brothers (Chris and Rich) joined forces with Jeff Cease, Johnny Colt and Steve Gorman to bring their brand of southern rock swagger to the masses as The Black Crowes. Their debut album "Shake Your Money Maker" was originally released on February 13, 1990 and became an instant success, featuring four hit singles and ushering in a new wave of southern rock music during a time when the Northwest was becoming the melting pot for new music. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark album, UMe/American Recordings have dug into The Black Crowes vault to release a new 4LP, 3CD set, which due to COVID-19 will be available in March, but available February 26th on all digital platforms.

The original 11-track release has been remastered and displays a cleaner, more clear and spacious sound, allowing Rich Robinson's guitars to breathe on their own during tracks like "Could I've Been So Blind" and "Struttin' Blues." The acoustics on "She Talks To Angels" feels more natural, as if you were in the studio, hearing him pluck the strings, while Chris' timeless, iconic vocals sound youthful and energetic on "Thick n' Thin."

The new 30th anniversary edition of this release adds ten bonus unreleased songs and B-sides, along with their hometown show in Atlanta, GA from December 1990. One of the things that The Black Crowes did was take someone else's song and turn it into one of their own, as shown in their version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy" and Humble Pie's "30 Days In A Hole." The raw, acoustic version of "Jealous Again" sounds like what it would be to hang out with the band on the back porch of one of their houses, just loose and free. The addition of a couple tracks from their early demo, when they were known as Mr. Crowe's Garden, are also a nice addition and sound like they have been cleaned up, showing the band's early country side.

Their live show from 1990 sounds amazing and finds The Black Crowes in their true element, performing live to a crowd that has supported them early in their new career. Chris works up the audience with his between song banter, while the band perform every song from the "Shake Your Money Maker" album, along with a couple extras. The extended jam during "Words You Throw Away," is pure gold, as Rich's guitar work is second to none. Once again, The Black Crowes turn The Beatles' "Get Back" into one of their own, adding a bluesy, southern swagger to the song's famous lyrics. Also, the way The Black Crowes constructed their setlist was just masterful, interweaving their hits with lesser known tracks to keep the energy flowing through the entire performance. The deluxe version of this set includes a reproduction of one of the band's early posters, along with a backstage laminate and a 20-page book with liner notes from Rolling Stone senior editor David Fricke. To find out more about this amazing new 30th anniversary set of "Shake Your Money Maker" from The Black Crowes, please visit theblackcrowes.com.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

New Instrumental Music From The David Angel Jazz Ensemble and Gregg Karukas

West coast jazz arranger/composer David Angel has teamed up with musician/producer Jim Self for a new 3-disc anthology titled "Out On The Coast." David Angel has been part of the music industry for over 60 years, first composing work for tv shows like "Bonanza" and "Lassie," before developing The David Angel Jazz Ensemble back in 1969. He has also become a teacher at a number of colleges in California. This new set of songs culminates Angel's work as a musician and a conductor, leading his thirteen-piece ensemble through 22 of David Angel's favorites. The album kicks off with the classic, big band sound of "Out On The Coast 2" and the more solo-filled sounds of "Wig," which also carries that swinging vibe. The melody slows down for the nine-minute emotion ties of "L'ilo Vasche," before diving into the smooth, elegant sounding cover of Duke Ellington's "Prelude To A Kiss." The first disc closes with a trio of epic pieces like horn-infused pace of "Ah Rite!" and David's rearrangement of Johnny Mandel's upbeat song "Hershey Bar."

The set continues with the pure, honest, heart-filled emotion of Jimmy Davis' "Loverman," while the tempo picks up with the "feel good" melody of "Leaves." David Angel invests his love for jazz music into the nearly fifteen-minute flow of "Moonlight," which just flows with magical solos and a solid, flowing melody. The set finishes with the light, airy floating notes of "Love Letter To Pythagoras," along with the rhythmic delivery of "Waiting For A Train Part 2" and the final upbeat, swinging sendoff of "L.A. Mysterioso." To find out more about the latest release "Out On The Coast," from The David Angel Jazz Ensemble, please visit bassethoundmusic.com.

Grammy Award winning musician/composer Gregg Karukas also recently releases a new album titled "Serenata." It is a solo piano piece that features fifteen tracks, a mixture of covers and originals, beginning with the elegant touch of "Travessia" and the uplifting magic of the keys in the title track "Serenata." Gregg delivers a grand gesture with the emotional touch of "Nascente," before lightening the mood with the wonderful piano key progression of "Paisagem da Janela." The way Gregg Karukas delivers the music is a work of art, as he wraps you around his finger with the beautiful sounds of "O Cantador," before closing out his new solo piano album with the classical piece "Lament (Final Embrace)" and the quiet, gentle touch of "Long Ago." To find out more about Gregg Karukas and his latest album "Serenata," please visit karukas.com.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Omnivore Recordings Reissues Two Classic Albums From Legendary Comedian Richard Pryor

Arriving February 26th, from Omnivore Recordings, are two new expanded reissues of comedian Richard Pryor's first two albums, "Richard Pryor" and "Craps (After Hours)." Richard Pryor was a comedian's comedian. He held nothing back when he delivered his brand of humor. He released his first album in 1968, after already making regular appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "The Merc Griffin Show." Pryor's debut release was recorded at the Troubadour in West Hollywood and only featured thirty minutes of his act, which included everything for farting, to girls panties, to a black superhero. Pryor's delivery was honest and truthful and raw. This new reissue includes a second disc of Richard Pryor's material, which was recorded at different clubs throughout California and first appeared on the out-of-print "Evolution/Revolution (1968-1974)" set. This new addition adds 70 more minutes of Pryor's stellar comedy, discussing birth control, asking for directions and of course the story of "Hank's Place." The quality changes slightly with each recording, but all of the jokes are top notch and showcase Pryor's spot-on deliver.

It would be three years for Richard Pryor to release his second album "Craps (After Hours)" in 1971. The album was recorded live at the Redd Foxx Club in Hollywood and showcases how Pryor's material got more raw and raunchy. He would jump right into his relationship with his wife, how they would fight and gave every joke a spin about being black and going against the "white man." It was cutting edge comedy 50 years ago, which definitely paved the way for comedians today to just be themselves and not censor their work. This new reissue of the "Craps (After Hours)" album includes seventeen minutes of bonus material, which also appeared on the "Evolution/Revolution (1968-1974)" set. His delivery of "Wino & Junkie" is pure Richard Pryor at his best, while also discussing and giving his honest insight about "Attica" on a radio show. To find out more about these two new reissues of Richard Pryor's early albums, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Let's Go Surfin' Now With New Music From Los Dedos and The Breakers

It's time to go surfin', with a pair of new EPs from new comers Los Dedos and The Breakers. Los Dedos is a surf instrumental trio that hails from Bristol, UK and they are releasing their self-titled debut album on March 3rd. This new five song EP brings you the classic surf style guitar work of Dick Dale on the opening track "Crime Wave." Los Dedos take their time on the more melodic, dark tone of "Midnight Hustle," while "The Bat" is a shot of pure adrenaline, drawing similarities to The Ventures. Los Dedos wrap up their new album with the laid back tone of "High & Dry," along with the quick-hitting "Panic Buy." To find out more about Los Dedos and their new self-titled release, please visit losdedos.bandcamp.com.

Another surf instrumental trio with a new album is The Breakers with "A Date With Destiny." It is the band's third release, since forming in Chicago in 2018. Their new seven-song album begins with the guitar wizardry effects of "Sub-Marine Time Machine," as the band create their own style of surf instrumentals. The album continues with the more traditional west coast stylings of "Turbulence," along with the raw, nostalgic sounds of "Big Question Mark." The Breakers finish their new album with the uplifting, floating melody of the title track "A Date With Destiny" and the rhythm-fueled garage rock attack of "Po'ino." To find out more about The Breakers and their latest release "A Date With Destiny,"  please visit thebreakers1.bandcamp.com.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Blackmore's Night Finds "Nature's Light" With New Release & Saxon Pays Homage With "Inspirations"

Arriving March 12th from legendary guitarist Richie Blackmore is the new album from his latest endeavor, Blackmore's Night. The new release titled "Nature's Light" is the band's 11th studio album and their first set of new music in six years. Right from the opening notes of "Once Upon A December," Blackmore and his merry band of minstrels lay down the perfect backdrop for lead singer, Candice Night to tells us a tale of a frigid winter long ago. While the band's Renaissance sound is still present on "Four Winds," their is also a touch of acoustic rock making its first appearance on the new album. The tempo picks up with the swift movement of "Feather In The Wind," before the earthly acoustics of "The Twisted Oak" are the perfect match to Candice's soothing vocals. The title-song "Nature's Light" feels like an medieval announcement with it brush, grand chorus, while "Wish You Were Here" is a poetic ballad that fills you with emotions. Blackmore's Night close out their new album with the uplifting tone of "Going To The Faire" and the six-minute epic piece which finally allows you enjoy the magnificent work of guitarist extraordinaire during his electrifying solo. To find out more about Blackmore's Night and their latest release "Nature's Light," please visit blackmoresnight.com.

Another legendary act releasing new album is the British heavy metal band Saxon and their newest release "Inspirations." This is the band's 23rd studio album during their illustrious 44 year career and this one pays homage to some of their favorite songs with a full-on covers album. The new eleven-song set begins with a raw, crunching version of The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," which gives the classic song a shot of adrenaline. Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" is the perfect fit for Saxon to cover, as the band perform a perfect rendition of this high-powered classic. Saxon add heavy metal speed to The Beatles' "Paperback Writer," taking the song's energy up another notch, while Motorhead's "Bomber" is perfectly executed by lead singer Biff Byford and the band. One of the most pleasant surprises on this new set of cover songs is their version of Toto's "Hold The Line," which adds another dimension to the band's hard-hitting, guitar riff-infused sound. Saxon finish their new album with the hard-edged strut of AC/DC's "Problem Child" and a muscled-up power ballad version of The Kinks' "See My Friends." To find out more about Saxon and their latest release "Inspirations," please visit facebook.com/SaxonOfficial.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

New Music From Metal Blade Records Artists Trial, Cult Of Luna and IOTUNN

During these cold winter months, Metal Blade Records rolled out a few hot new releases from Trial (swe), Cult Of Luna and IOTUNN. Following their 2018 tour with fellow label mates RAM and Portrait, Trial (swe) parted ways with longtime lead singer Linus Johansson and brought in former Air Raid lead singer Arthur Andersson to take his place. To introduce the new singer to the heavy metal world during this tough time, Trial (swe) decided to release a new, short two-song EP titled "Sisters Of The Moon." The title and lead song are a cover of the Fleetwood Mac single of the same name, with Trial (swe) adding an extra joint of adrenaline with their duel guitar line-up. Andersson fits in perfectly to this line-up, adding a fresh new life to their music. The other song on this release is a cover of Black Sabbath's "Die Young" (originally sung by Ronnie James Dio), as Tiral (swe) do their best to give the song it's proper heavy metal respect. To find out more about this latest release from Trial (swe), please visit facebook.com/TrialHeavyMetal.

Another new introduction comes from the Swedish metal band, Cult Of Luna. They have a new sub-label titled, Red Creek Recordings and the debut release from the label is a new five-song EP from the band titled "The Raging River." It begins with the eight-minute epic metal number "Three Bridges," hits hard with pounding drums, growling vocals and adrenaline-fueled guitar riffs. Cult Of Luna keep the attack growling with the doom metal appeal of "What I Leave Behind," while "I Remember" showcases more of the band's musical technical side. The album closes with twelve-minute journey to the band's progressive metal side with the more melodic metal appeal of "Wave After Wave." To find out more about Cult Of Luna and their latest release "The Raging River," please visit cultofluna.com.

Arriving February 26th is the latest album from the Danish metal act IOTUNN titled "Access All Worlds." The band states that they finally feel complete on this new seven-song release, as they showcase every side to their hardcore metal sound. The chugging guitars of "Voyage Of The Garganey I" motors the songs' intense sound with Jon Aldara' vocals rising above the attack. IOTUNN display a more progressive sound with the nearly twelve-minute epic "Access All Worlds," while "Waves Below" has a more mainstream metal sound that will turn you into an instant fan of the band. The band speeds the tempo up even more during sections of "The Tower Of Cosmic Nihility," before finishing with the melodic undertone of "Safe Across The Endless Night," which only adds to the band's already high level of musicianship. To find out more about IOTUNN and their latest release "Access All Worlds," please visit facebook.com/iotunn.

Saturday, February 20, 2021

New Heavy Metal Music From Newcomers Coronary, Sleepless, Lunar Shadow and Herzel

Finnish metal squad, Coronary just recently released their full-length debut album titled "Sinbad" through Cruz Del Sur Music. It features ten tracks that capture that nostalgic early days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal sound, beginning with the high-powered attack of the title-track "Sinbad." Chugging guitar riffs and swift heavy metal drumming is what Coronary is all about, as they bring the energy to tracks like "Firewings" and "Reflector." The rawness of their sound is definitely present on "Burnout," which draws up similarity to early Saxon. Coronory close out their new album with the dark, simmering tone of "Mestengo" and the aggressive pounding of "Wonders Of The World" to finish off on a heavy metal high. To find out more about Coronary and their latest release "Sinbad," please visit facebook.com/coronaryfin.

Speaking of classic metal, members of 80's death metal pioneers Dead Conspiracy have teamed up with guitarist, singer, producer Kevin Hahn to create the new band, Sleepless. They are preparing to release a new four-song EP titled "Blood Libel," which arrives March 12th through Necromantic Press Records. The trio kick things off with a renewed energy displayed in "The Man Who Could Not Sleep," as they capture your attention with raw emotion and never let it go. They speed things up with the quick-hitting attack of "Host Desecration," before wrapping up their new, short release with the classic death metal sound of "Blood Libel (A Vampire Tale)." To find out more about Sleepless and their latest release "Blood Libel," please visit sleeplessmetal.bandcamp.com.

Also arriving in March from Cruz Del Sur Records is the latest release from Germany's indie-hard rock band Lunar Shadow. Their new album "Wish To Leave" includes only six tracks, but begins and ends with two, epic progressive rock pieces that will have you want more extended musical piece from this band. They take their time building up the energy on the nearly eight-minute "Serpents Die," which showcases a band that is much more experienced beyond their years together. Lunar Shadow delivers a nostalgic hard rock vibe with the addictive sounds of "I Will Lose You" and the more intense approach of "And Silence Screamed," before finishing with the ten-minute sonic journey of "The Darkness Between The Stars." To find out more about Lunar Shadow and their latest release "Wish To Leave," please visit facebook.com/lunarshadowband.

The French epic-metal band Herzel will finally release their full-length debut album "Le Dernier Rempart" on March 19th through Gates Of Hell Records. It features only six tracks, beginning with the over eight-minute "Maitres de I'ocean," which is sung in their native language, along with the high-energy music makes this and international release that needs to be heard. Herzel flex their heavy metal muscle on the quick-hitting attack of "La Flamme" and "L'epee des Dieux," before finishing with the more melodic, guitar riff infused adventurous closer "L'ultime Combat." To find out more about Herzel and their latest release "Le Dernier Rempart," please visit facebook.com/herzelbreizhsteel

Friday, February 19, 2021

New Music From The Pretty Reckless, A Scent Like Wolves, Jarhead Fertilizer and Of Mice & Men

Hard rock band, The Pretty Reckless continue to climb in popularity with each new album they release, and their latest "Death By Rock And Roll," may be their best so far. It came out on February 12th through Fearless Records and also features a few special guests as well. The Pretty Reckless start off their new twelve song release with the hard-hitting, pounding rhythm of the title song "Death By Rock And Roll," as lead singer Taylor Momsen delivers the verses with a bluesy-style, before exploding during the chorus. The raw, grungy feel of "Only Love Can Save Me Now" is supported by one half of Soundgarden, as Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron add an extra layer of nostalgia to the song. The Pretty Reckless meets Rage Against The Machine on "And So It Went," as chants of "the world does not belong to you" and a Tom Morello guitar solo take the music up another notch with a shot of adrenaline. The music turns dark on the slow moving ballad "25," while the acoustic strumming of "Got So High" feeds the emotional side of their new album. The Pretty Reckless wrap things up with the aggressive chorus of "Turning Gold," before paying homage to the rock stars that passed away before their time in "Rock And Roll Heaven," along with a return to the blues with "Harley Darling." To find out more about The Pretty Reckless and their latest release "Death By Rock And Roll," please visit deathbyrockandroll.com.

We also have the latest release from American metalcore band, A Scent Like Wolves. Their new album titled "Mystic Auras" features ten tracks, beginning with a short instrumental which opens the flood gates to the all-out aggressive assault of "Eastern Lights." A Scent Like Wolves also invite some special guests along for the ride like JT Cavey (Erra) on the hardcore balance of "Bloom" and Brian Wille (Currents) on the intense, growling/screaming vocals of "Death Effect." A Scent Like Wolves finish up their new album with the clean melody of "Dissolve," featuring Booka Nile (Make Them Suffer), along with the final sonic metalcore blast of "Aquamarine," which continues to keep this band in the conversation as one of the best American heavy metal band around. To find out more about A Scent Like Wolves and their latest release "Mystic Auras," please visit aslwofficial.com.

As we move closer and closer to the end of the month, we also move closer to the debut release from deathmetal newcomers Jarhead Fertilizer. The album it titled "Product Of My Environment" and features eleven grinding heavy metal tracks that are not for the faint of heart. The opening growls of the title song "Product Of My Environment" strap you in and introduces you to the hardcore bashing, chugging guitar riffs and deep howling vocals that you will experience for the next 30 minutes. The 66-seconds of chaos that surround "Silence The Narc" is hard to grasp after one listen, while "An End To Your Sacred World" is an adrenaline punch right to the gut. Jarhead Fertilizer wraps up their new album with the experimental soundscape of "Agony Churning" and the final sonic blast of "Life Is Prison." To find out more about Jarhead Fertilizer and their latest release "Product Of My Environment," please visit jarheadfertilizeroc.bandcamp.com.

On February 26th we also get a new three-song EP from American metalcore band Of Mice & Men titled "Timeless." At just twelve-minutes long, the band wastes no time diving right in to the intense delivery of the hard-hitting title-track "Timeless." They follow that up with the thunderous heavy metal attack of "Obsolete" and then close out their new short release with the more mainstream, melodic touch of "Anchor." To find out more about Of Mice & Men and their latest release "Timeless," please visit ofmiceandmenofficial.com.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Robert Calvert Gets Remixed, The Strawbs Find Their "Settlement," Sandy McKnight & Fernando Perdomo Team Up To "Blitz"

Legendary British rock artist Robert Calvert was a pioneer of the modern electronic music scene, having first rose to fame as the lead singer of the seventies psychedelic, space-rock band Hawkwind, then breaking ground as a solo artist. Although Robert Calvert never found success as a solo artist, his music did influence many underground acts looking for a different outlet from the mainstream. Many of those artists are returning the favor with new remixes of some of Calvert's music, which has been collected for a new album titled "The Last Star Fighter."

It features nineteen tracks, beginning with the eighties, new wave remix of "Over The Moon," done by A Flock Of Seagulls. The album's lead single "Marathon Man" has been rearranged by indie-noise icons Xiu Xiu, delivering a hard-hitting rhythm along side a swirling melody. Another iconic punk legend Rat Scabies (The Damned) has taken on the task of delivering a new version of "Lord Of The Hornets" with a harder, edgier sound, while DJ Xeno & Oaklander give "Hidden Persuasion" a dance club makeover. The post-punk band Soft Kills lays down a dark, goth-like tone to "I Hear Voices" and Small Black remixes "Subterraneans" into a laid-back, modern R&B song. The electronic beats Die Krupps supplies to the remix of "Ned Ludd" really brings the essence of Robert Calvert's music to 21st century. The album closes with the fresh, organic sounds of Inhalt's remix of "Teen Ballad Of Deano," along with more goth-like overtones in "Flight 105" from European Ghost. To find out more about this new remix album of the music of Robert Calvert titled "The Last Star Fighter," please visit cleorecs.com.

Also on the horizon is the new studio album "Settlement" from the classic English rock band The Strawbs. The history of the band dates back to the mid-sixties and it's been four years since their last album "The Ferryman's Curse." This latest release features a dozen new songs, beginning with the title-song "Settlement," which feels like the perfect opening track, for this band which has shown they have no musical boundaries. All of the songs on this new album were recorded during the COVID-19 lockdown, as each band member worked from a remote location. The Strawbs still showcase their sixties folk-rock vibe with "Strange Time," while "Judgement Day" is a seven-minute, graceful journey about the end of time. They can also rock, as shown in the progressive piece "Chorale," before finishing their new album with the nostalgic pop melody of "Better Days" and the uplifting rock tones of "Liberty." To find out more about The Strawbs and their latest release "Settlement," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

Last January, Sandy McKnight and Fernando Perdomo teamed up for the six-song EP titled "San Fernando Beat." The two had such a good time that they decided to return with a new EP titled "San Fernando Blitz." Once again, it features only six tacks, beginning with the addictive, alt-pop melody of "West Side" and "C'mon C'mon." These two artists are undeniable together and remind me of the time when Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello worked together on a possible album that was eventually scrapped. Sandy and Fernando contain that special bond, as shown in tracks like "Pay It Any Mind" and "Seven Words." To find out more about this latest collaboration between Sandy McKnight and Fernando Perdomo, please visit sandymcknight.bandcamp.com.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Rediscover The Great Work Of Guitarist Tommy Bolin With A New "Lost Sessions" Release

Legendary guitar prodigy, Tommy Bolin, who has worked with Deep Purple and The James Gang, created an enormous amount of music between 1969-1976. So much so that they are still finding new music to release nearly 55 years after his passing. This latest find is a recently discovered collection of "lost tracks" of demos and outtakes from one of his final recording sessions which ended up creating his last studio album "Private Eyes." This new set of songs will be released on February 12th through Cleopatra Records as "Shake The Devil, The Lost Sessions."

This new twelve song set begins with a rough, raw alternative mix of the song "Shake The Devil," which carries a funky backbeat and a great guitar/horn exchange to close out the song. The alternative version of "Bustin' Out For Rosey" sounds a little cleaner and could have replaced the original release from the "Private Eyes" album. Bolin's song "Gypsy Soul" appears on here three times, with the previously unreleased acoustic version giving the most meaning and allows you a special glimpse into the creative process. Speaking of demos, there is also and instrumental version of "You Told Me That You Loved Me," which doesn't add much to song, but shows the melody for the song was already in place on this early take. The five minute "Tommy's Instrumental" is a great piece, which finds Tommy and his band just jamming in the studio, as they are all locked together in a groove. The new album closes with an instrumental demo of "Someday We'll Bring Our Love Home," which only features Tommy's guitar work on this early idea of the song. To find out more about this new "Lost Sessions" release from the late, great Tommy Bolin, please visit cleorecs.com.