Virginia based instrumental quartet with influences of MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, with the guitar, bass, drums and violin format. the intricate tempo changes bring DIXIE DREGS right away to the experienced listener. The band has an excellent reputation when live on the stage. "Astronomy" is a blistering album of instrumental progressive fusion evoking bands like KING CRIMSON and The DREGS. Recommended to Fusion fans!
Gloriously atmospheric, jagged and intense, 2004's 'The Stolen Hour' was a superb extension of Hugh Hopper's 'Jazzloops' series of explorations written to accompany the distinctive imagery of American comic book artist, Matt Howarth. Assisted by, amongst others, Robert Wyatt (cornet, voice), John Marshall and Didier Malherbe, Hopper updated the Jazz-tinged Minimalist looping he initially developed in the 1960s, evoking the innovative spirit of early Soft Machine, while simultaneously suggesting new possibilities for his music. Matt Howarth's 'The Stolen Hour', the visual inspiration for this landmark in the development of Hopper's truly idiosyncratic talent, is featured as a pdf file on the enhanced CD.
Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, featuring real people, sometimes moving, in an effort to explain the series' significance.