Steve Howe belongs to a group of distinctive guitar virtuosos who have emerged from the field of rock music. While he dedicates himself, together with his colleagues from Yes, to the art of the wall-of-sound style, the British musician, rooted in the tradition of jazz, blues and country stars such as Les Paul, Wes Montgomery and Chet Atkins, normally chooses a more quieter sound on his solo efforts. After the acoustic song collection ‘Natural Timbre’ and the etheric album ‘Skyline’, there is much more variety on the new work ‘Elements’. And it’s a new event in the home of Howe because the master‘s two sons, Dylan and Virgil, belong to the latest band project called Remedy.
STEVE GRIMMETT'S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult '80s British metal act GRIM REAPER led by singer Steve Grimmett, released its new album, "Walking In The Shadows", on September 23 via Dissonance Productions. "Walking In The Shadows" is a true pedigree Heavy Metal classic. Make no mistake British Metal legends Grim Reaper have returned with a storming slab of metal. This is an adrenaline fuelled release! Metal fans will not be disappointed. True to their roots this is true heavy metal, fist pumping, sing-along, great riffs and great songs.
Steve Coleman's achievement in creating a musical environment for serious improvising that sets aside acoustic, swing-based rhythms for electric, funk-influenced ones that don't fall prey to repetitive fusion formulas is one of the great creative accomplishments in jazz over the last 20 years. The Tao of Mad Phat, recorded live in the studio before a small invited audience in an attempt to capture the looseness and ambience of the Five Elements' live performances, may be the ideal entry point to sampling that criminally underrated feat.
After two late-'60s albums on Columbia, Johnny Winter hit his stride in 1970 working with Rick Derringer and the McCoys, now recruited as his sidemen and collaborators (and proving with just about every note here how far they'd gotten past "Hang on Sloopy"). In place of the bluesy focus on his first two albums, Winter extended himself into more of a rock-oriented mode here, in both his singing and his selection of material. This was hard rock with a blues edge, and had a certain commercial smoothness lacking in his earlier work. Derringer's presence on guitar and as a songwriter saw to it that Winter's blues virtuosity was balanced by perfectly placed guitar hooks, and the two guitarists complemented each other perfectly throughout as well.
Live concert from the English rock band's performance at Camden Palace in 1985. Songs performed include 'Fool for a Pretty Face', 'All or Nothing' and 'Tin Soldier'.