This is a perfectly reasonable recording of Bach's works for violin and orchestra and anyone who has not heard the works before will no doubt find them more than adequate. Violinist and leader Jonathan Rees is a fine player with a sweet tone and a warm style and he takes the strings of the Scottish Ensemble through thoroughly professional performances of the works. When joined by spry violinist Jane Murdoch in the Concerto for two violins and plangent oboist Nicholas Daniel in the Concerto for violin and oboe, Rees proves himself a graceful and considerate partner. Virgin's early-'90s sound is a bit thin on top but still clean and clear.(James Leonard)
Matthew Parmenter - the main man behind renowned Detroit-based progressive rock band Discipline - partners with Bad Elephant Music to release his third solo album. All Our Yesterdays is a stunning piece of work, best experienced as a single, all-encompassing musical odyssey. Each track can be taken on it's own individual merit but the full, immersive effect is most evident when they're all heard in succession. The listener is transported on an allegorical journey and emerges transformed at the close of the album. Apart from four tracks on which Paul Dzenzel appears on drums, Matthew sings and plays all the instruments - yet the album still has the feel of a full rock band. The album has been mixed by renowned producer Terry Brown (Rush, Cutting Crew) and mastered by Peter Moore.
Huminoita is a music collective from Oulu, Finland. Basically they are playing psychedelic/space rock with a shot of post, stoner and jazz, the latter due to some saxophone attendance.
This album is yet another proof of the overlapping nature of genres. All is Two mixes rock, metal and even jazz and finds new musical dimensions with each layer. The band does not twiddle. Its music has always been about wide strokes - the drums, the bass and the electric guitars build momentum, and the wind instruments and the chanting vocals raise the songs to their eloquent zeniths.