Two years after the death of pianist-composer Thelonious Monk, this very unusual and quite memorable double-LP tribute was put together. Producer Hal Willner's most successful project, the 23 interpretations of Monk originals all feature a different group of all-star players and stretch beyond jazz. Some of the performances are fairly straightforward while others are quite eccentric; certainly the crazy duet on "Four in One" by altoist Gary Windo and Todd Rundgren (on synthesizers and drum machines) and the version of "Shuffle Boil" featuring John Zorn on game calls (imitating the sound of ducks) are quite unique. There are many colorful moments throughout the project and the roster of musicians is remarkable: Bobby McFerrin with Bob Dorough, Peter Frampton, Joe Jackson, Steve Lacy, Dr. John, Gil Evans, Randy Weston, Roswell Rudd, Eugene Chadbourne and Shockabilly, the Fowler Brothers, NRBQ, Steve Khan, Carla Bley, Barry Harris, Was (Not Was) and many others. There is not a slow moment or uninteresting selection on this highly recommended set.
Welcome to the latest mix of progressive music that makes up the contents for the new Prog magazine cover disc. We kick off with a couple of tracks taken from the much-anticipated new albums from Mostky Autumn and Blackfield, and "Tomorrow Dies" and "Family Man" most certainly do not disappoint. Then we have a trio of great new acts making their Prog debuts: Koyo, Serpentyne and Kaprekar's Constant - all with different and unique sounds, and all of whom you'll be reading more about in future issues of Prog. Beatrix Players, Grice and The Mighty Handful have all appeared on our CD before, and we welcome them back with open arms, before we close with the heavy psych vibe of Jerusalem and the eclectic approach of the aptly-named Intrigue. A great selection of diverse sounds from this wonderful progressive universe that we are lucky enough to write about.
Welcome to P52, Prog magazine's second cover CD for 2017. You don't get much bigger than Steve Hackett, here with Hungarian jazz band Djabe, lending a new twist to Steve's own The Steppes. Or Oceans Of Slumber, who boldly take on the Moody Blues' Nights In White Satin in emphatic style. Or Japan/Porcupine Tree keysman Richard Barbieri, with new, jazz-flecked solo fare, and of course Touchstone and Ghost Community, who weigh in with some grand, melodic music. Elsewhere, the UK's Beatrix Players add melancholic beauty, and Multi Story complex intrigue. New Australian bands Anubis and Hemina show there's some exciting new music being made Down Under, and Jug Bundish do the same for Costa Rican prog.
Welcome to P51, Prog magazine's first cover CD for 2017. This first CD of the new year is certainly overflowing with promise. We feature former Limelight artist Baltic Fleet alongside Polymatters and Nerissa Schwarz, who seem to veer towards the synth side of prog. Then there are some real prog bangers in the shape of Kepler Ten, Kyros, The Fringe and Seas of Mirth, who can't fail to get the foot tapping and the head nodding. There's some stylish progressive rock from Glass Hammer and Aisles, and also from newbie Bugenhagen. Ten tracks of different styles, maybe, but all of the same level of quality.
Welcome to another Prog magazine cover CD. There's well-known names in Big Big Train, Circuline, Deckchair Poets and jazz rocker Bobby Previte.
Welcome to P49, bringing you the latest selection of new progressive sounds swirling around the ether. There's a strong melodic flavour to many of the tracks on offer, with the return of Jadis and also of former TesseracT singer Ashe O'Hara with Voices From The Fuselage, not to mention European offerings Holon (Norway) and Alex Carpani (Italy). There's also some intriguing electronic prog from worriedaboutsatan, bolstered by the vocals of Anathema's Vincent Cavanagh, OddsFiche's haunting ambience and Edensong's mix of folk prog and metal. There's also psychedelia from The Honey Pot and the return of 70s rockers Jerusalem, too. A little something for everyone.
XII Alfonso, A Secret River, Different Strings, Sot, The Prognosis and many more.
Welcome to P48, featuring the latest in up-and-coming and occasionally established progressive music. There is, perhaps inevitably, a heavy Awards presence on this CD, with two winners from this year's event, iamthemorning and The Anchoress, and Elaine Samuels & Kindred Spirit and Marcela Bovio help up the female quotient. Kylver (an Awards nominee) and Desert Dragon represent something a little heavier, and Second Relation, Aisles, Cairo an Tilt lean towards the more melodic.
The Enid, Antimatter, Big Big Train, Aisles, Mystery, Panic Room, Galahad, Deus Ex Machina, Gandalf's Fist, NoSound and many more…