I'm a big fan of Copland. His music can be dramatic, sad, joyful, and just plain fun. I also think his music is a good vehicle for personal expression of the performer/conductor. I don't think this is true for all composers–-I cringe at some interpretations of Bach–-but I usually enjoy it when a performance of Appalachian Spring or Bill the Kid contains some individual stamp that indicates the performer is really feeling and enjoying what they are doing. The combination of Copland's timeless compositions and subtle playing effects can be very sophisticated indeed.
When one thinks of Texas the thoughts that come to mind are; Longhorns, Ten Gallon hats, southwestern food, people all called Bubba and good ol’ hospitality and not really Progressive music. The stereotypes are abundant about one of the biggest states in continental USA but those stereotypes are shattered by a band from Austin, Texas… The Aaron Clift Experiment. If you are into Glass Hammer and Echolyn you will certainly enjoy If All Goes Wrong. The Aaron Clift Experiment is yet another excellent American band creating their own niche in the prog rock genre.
Multiple platinum winner, hit songwriter and producer Lee Aaron presents her new album “Diamond Baby Blues”. The classic hard rock and heavy blues album features 12 new recordings anchored in the tradition of the musical giants of the late 60s and 70s. The heavy riff “Diamond Baby”, the epic ballad “The Best Thing” and the glam rock pounding “American High” mix effortlessly with the creative reinterpretations of Deep Purple’s “Mistreated”, the Koko Taylor hymn “I’m a woman “and a surprising Rolling Stonesmoderate interpretation of Janet Jackson’s” Black Cat. ” The album, recorded together with the canadian rock legend John Webster, is a prime example of ther signature mix of powerhouse vocals, great guitars, organic keyboards and a rhythm section that rocks as hard as it rocks. If there is one line from “Diamond Baby Blues” that could best describe the artist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, creator and interpreter the world has come to know and love as Lee Aaron, it might be “I’m a Woman…I can cut stone with a pin”.