Robyn Hitchcock is a wizard with an electric guitar and can create crackling, energetic rock & roll with the right band behind him, but sometimes it seems he's happiest when he's working all by his lonesome, and some of the finest albums in his catalog feature him in solo semi-acoustic mode (most notably I Often Dream of Trains and Eye). Shadow Cat is an accidental sibling to these works, a collection of 14 solo Hitchcock tracks recorded between 1993 and 1999, most of which haven't surfaced before.
The hauntingly beautiful voice of countertenor Carlos Mena is featured here on the Mirare début of the Disfonik Orchestra. The group’s music blends jazz and classical with other influences to produce a sound that is both unique and captivating. Under the Shadow includes a selection of some of the most beautiful works in the classical repertoire, delicately arranged for jazz band.
Despite Tom Scott's leaving the of L.A. Express, a band he helped to found, for a solo career, the quintet did carry on for two albums after he left with David Luello on saxophones. Shadow Play is the second effort, and while not as striking a jazz-fusion recording as its self-titled predecessor, it does satisfy on funk and pop grounds. Joni Mitchell backs the group wordlessly on the opening "Nordic Winds," offering a stark, progressive Euro-fusion sound to the normally sheeny L.A. Express sound. Keyboardist Victor Feldman and guitarist Peter Mannu shine here and the track feels more like late Soft Machine or early-''70s Passport than the L.A. Express.
This special DVD presentation of Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church presents the legendary guitarist in full flight at the 1970 Atlanta Pop Festival before the largest US audience of his career…