Brainville is a collaboration between Shimmy Disc founder Kramer and three of the legends of Canterbury rock, Gong founder Daevid Allen, Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper, and Pip Pyle, who drummed for Gong, Hatfield and the North, and National Health. Despite three of the musicians having made their names during the psychedelic and progressive rock eras, the band's music has a contemporary sound. Kramer collaborated with both Allen and Hopper on two albums each and so it was only a matter of time before he collaborated with both at once.
NYC Rhythm & Blues examines the modern school of rhythm and blues spawned by a new breed of young players out of New York, Boston and points in between. An eclectic mixture of blues, rock, jazz, funk and even twang, this new style is electrifying the club scene across the northeast circuit. Hailed by Guitar magazine as "the brightest new star in the genre since Larry Carlton, Gil Parris is credited with pioneering the style and now leads the scene with unquestionable authority. Extracted from Gil Parris: Inside Out, this 2 CD-ROM edition of NYC Rhythm & Blues focuses on comping, soloing and developing improvisation skills.
This CD from Steps Ahead is probably most notable for introducing the fine keyboardist Rachel Z. Also in the group at the time were leader Mike Mainieri on MIDI vibraharp and synclavier, saxophonist Bendik, bassist Jeff Andrews and drummer Steve Smith. Put out by Mainieri's NYC label, this mostly high-powered performance consists of group originals, generally by Mainieri and Bendik.