On Jan. 3, 1963 producer-writer Joachim Berendt organized a concert in Germany featuring some of the top American jazzmen who were then residing in Europe. Originally released as 13 songs on two LPs, eight of the performances have been reissued on this single CD; left out are five of the seven numbers from Vol. 1 (three with clarinetist Albert Nicholas and one apiece with bluesmen Champion Jack Dupree and Curtis Jones). The CD contains a pair of fine features for tenor saxophonist Don Byas (including a lengthy workout on "All the Things You Are"), ballad showcases for trumpeter Idrees Sulieman ("I Can't Get Started") and pianist Bud Powell ("'Round Midnight"), two numbers by a trio consisting of guitarist Jimmy Gourley, organist Lou Bennett and drummer Kenny Clarke, and a pair of Bill Smith originals featuring the clarinetist in a quintet with altoist Herb Geller and guitarist Gourley. A fine bop-oriented set of music by a variety of mostly underrated players.
Brain-State-In-A-Box was Neural Network's debut album, released in April 1994. Its style can best be described as "Electronic Listening Music", ranging from Ambient to more upbeat style, yet never coming close to dance/DJ material. The album received favorable reviews in the Norwegian music magazine "Puls" and in the Norwegian newspaper "Klassekampen". It was mastered entirely in Brain-State-Of-The-Arts Studios by the three members of the project; Jostein Dahl Gjelsvik, Lars Kristian Sande and Oddgeir Hvidsten.
2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this long-deleted classic from the British Ambient House outfit, originally released in 1994. Features a bonus disc containing five rare and previously unreleased remixes compiled by main Orbman, Dr. Alex Paterson: 'Sausage Tats Mit Gravy' (Dom Mix # 1), 'Star Twister' (Pomme Fritz & Apple Sauce Mix), 'Potato Fields of Electric Gliding Blue' (Ambient Mix), 'Eastern Hot Dogs in Gardens of Dub' (Lx Mix) and 'Wrapped With Salt & Vinegar' (Thomas Fehlmann Mix). Enhanced packaging contains previously unseen tour photographs, screen grabs from the 'Pomme Fritz (Meat 'n' Veg)' video and sleevenotes by long time Orb collaborator, Kris Needs.
Composer and oudist Rabih Abou-Khalil generates variety and interest by bringing aboard different guest musicians for each album. The personnel on Sultan's Picnic is so similar to that of Blue Camel that one might expect them to sound similar. But there's a key difference in the presence of Howard Levy on Sultan's Picnic. Levy is a talented harmonica player who has done a lot of offbeat work, including a stint with Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. Despite the power of Charlie Mariano on alto sax and Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, this album is dominated by the idioms of the harmonica, specifically the jazzy, quirky, lackadaisical idiom popularized by Levy's work with the Flecktones. This domination is noticeable from the beginning, on "Sunrise in Montreal."
Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter and actress. She achieved popularity in the 1960s with the release of her hit single "As Tears Go By" and became one of the lead female artists during the "British Invasion" in the United States. From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Mick Jagger. Faithfull is listed on VH1's "100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll" list. She received the World Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Women's World Awards and was also awarded the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. This best-of basically covers the years 1979 to 1994, though it reaches back to 1964 for Marianne Faithfull's first recording and first hit, "As Tears Go By," and includes "She," slated for the upcoming 1995 album A Secret Life…