"Simulacra", the new and outstanding release of the Polish Modern Extreme Metallions Devilish Impressions! Without a doubt one of the most expected and addicting albums for 2012. Devilish Impressions have made a huge step forwards in all aspects on their musical career with this enriching release, a heart-felt experience for the listeners, spiced by majestic orchestrations and melodies added to the extreme metal aggressive touch, all in the right dose. A dynamic piece in all its own extreme aura! Indeed a complete release that shall please the most of the adepts of these metal genre. A masterpiece of musical art polished in all the right edges… "Simulacra" is for sure a must-have release in 2012 a product of excellence!
Here is Vince Guaraldi's breakthrough album – musically, commercially, in every which way. After numerous records as a leader or sideman, for the first time a recognizable Guaraldi piano style emerges, with whimsical phrasing all his own, a madly swinging right hand and occasional boogie-influenced left hand, and a distinctive, throat-catching, melodic improvisational gift. The first half of the program is taken up by cover versions of tunes from the Antonio Carlos Jobim/Luiz Bonfa score for the film Black Orpheus, recorded just as bossa nova was taking hold in America. These are genuinely jazz-oriented impressions in a mainstream boppish manner, with only a breath of samba from Monty Budwig (bass) and Colin Bailey (drums) in the opening minute of "Samba de Orpheus"; an edited version of this haunting song was issued as a 45 rpm single. But DJs soon began flipping the single over to play the B-side, a wistful, unforgettably catchy Guaraldi tune called "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" that opens the North American half of the album.