The Presidente is a joint project Pim Koopman and Okkie Huysdens. Wilhelmus Frederikus (Pim) Koopman was the drummer and percussionist of the Dutch progressive rock band, Kayak. As a musician, writer, producer and arranger, Koopman was also involved in two other bands: Diesel and The President. The President was a collaboration with Okkie Huysdens. Okkie Huysdens - Dutch singer, keyboardist, songwriter, recording engineer and producer. Active in several bands since the late 1960s, Huysdens was subsequently a member of Himalaya (1970-1971), Heart (1973-1975) and Limousine (1975-1976). He also joined Rainbow Train from 1975 until 1979. During the early 1980s he worked on the Stars On 45 project and was a member of The President (1983-1985).
Perhaps the pairing of Cassandra Wilson and Billie Holiday carries a whiff of inevitability, but there's nothing predictable about Coming Forth by Day. Released to coincide with Holiday's centennial in 2015, Coming Forth by Day explicitly celebrates Lady Day by drawing upon standards she sang in addition to songs she wrote, but Wilson deliberately sidesteps the conventional by hiring Nick Launay as a producer. As a result of his work with Nick Cave, Launay mastered a certain brand of spooky Americana, something that comes in handy with the Holiday catalog, but Coming Forth by Day is never too thick with murk…
Reissue with the latest remastering and the original cover artwork. Comes with a description written in Japanese. John Hicks works in some really wonderful company here – a trio with bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Idris Muhammad – both of whom really add a lot to the date! We're always big fans of Lundy's sound on bass – and his approach here has the same warm-rolling quality you'd find in his own best 80s work – really helping to push Hicks' lyrical agenda on the piano with a rhythmic support that's tremendous. Muhammad's pretty great too – definitely on the understated side of his talents, that nicely subtle sound he developed in the 80s – and Hicks, as always, is more than a cut above most of his contemporaries, and continues a long legacy of extremely soulful work on the keys of the piano.
A box full of quality live heavy metal? Yes, this is all you want for collection! Enforcer in top form. Live and furious. When it comes to good old heavy metal, Enforcer is one of the genre’s best and most relevant representatives. Enforcer knows how to do heavy metal properly. Influenced by the best bits of 70s and 80s heavy metal, Enforcer has created its own distinct sound and kept getting better at their craft as they’ve been constantly touring the world.
"Atom By Atom", the new studio album from British heavy metal veterans SATAN. The CD features ten songs + 2 bonus tracks (japan press), including a collaboration with ANGEL WITCH's Kevin Heybourne. SATAN is one of the most important groups that emerged in the early NWOBHM era. Their unique mixture of heavy and power metal spirit with thrash riffage brought a handful of unforgettable tunes and revolutionized heavy music as we know it.
Excellent compilation of the best jazz and gypsy jazz guitarists and musicians, highly recommended!