This is the difficult third album with which they overshoot the mark and risk to escape their roots… but they don’t care". Andy Tillison, singer, songwriter, and keyboardist of the Swedish-British prog rock group The Tangent pulls his own leg and at the same time kiddingly prepares the gentle listener for a few changes. However, the innovations A Place In The Queue can offer, one and a half year after the brilliant The World That We Drive Through, will send every fan into raptures. A Place In The Queue is not really a concept album but all songs deal with the idea that our place in society is similar to a queue where everybody lines up…
The eighth studio album of this prog-rock supergroup feat. Andy Tillison, Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings), Theo Travis (Steven Wilson Band, Gong, Robert Fripp), Luke Machin (Maschine), and Morgan Ågren (Frank Zappa, Kaipa, Devin Townsend, Mats/Morgan Band) perfectly combines all elements of THE TANGENT’s sonic palette. While the album’s sub-title “The Music That Died Alone – Volume 2” alludes on their debut opus, musically references to Earth Wind & Fire, Isaac Hayes, Steely Dan and Tower Of Power melt with the band’s trademark “Canterbury in exile“ approach whereas the symphonic orchestration of its predecessor “Le Sacre du Travail” was abandoned in favour of a more traditionally rocking basis. The surreal artwork was created by Ed Unitsky.
The 1988 edition of The Jazz Messengers, which drummer Art Blakey had been leading for 33 years, showed a great deal of promise. Comprised of trumpeter Philip Harper (soon to form The Harper Brothers), trombonist Robin Eubanks, the tenor of Javon Jackson, pianist Benny Green and bassist Peter Washington, this band (whose average age without counting Blakey was around 25) performs one original apiece by Green and Jackson along with five older songs on this enjoyable release. The music may not have contained too many surprises or been startlingly new, but the results are quite pleasing.
The Minutemen were a rock band from San Pedro, California. Through interviews with members Mike Watt (bass) and George Hurley (drums), the band's story is revealed. Commentary from other performers such as Flea, Greg Ginn, and Henry Rollins illuminates the band's place in the Southern California music scene and their contribution to music. Concert footage and old interview footage show Watt, Hurley, and departed singer/guitarist D. Boon, who died in an automobile accident in 1985.