"The Pearl of Great Price" is the collaborative effort of Jeremy Morris and Vitaly "Progressor" Menshikov. Jeremy has released albums ranging in style from acoustic guitar, piano, pop-style worship songs to progressive rock. Progressor is best known for his work with the band X Religion, based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Jeremy lives in Portage, Michigan, USA. "The Pearl of Great Price" is an instrumental album, the sound of which is best described as a blend of Space Music and Guitar Hero, with a dose of Krautrock thrown in for good measure. The atmosphere is full of synthetic sounds, befitting the space genre (blowing winds, slowly changing keyboard textures, electronic twittering and chirping), but is often overlaid with soaring guitar work…
Arguably, the members of Pleasure were among the unsung heroes of 1970s funk and soul. The band enjoyed a small but enthusiastic cult following, but one thing that it didn't have was a lot of major hits on R&B radio. For the most part, R&B radio ignored Pleasure, although quiet storm formats did play some of its more mellow album tracks. The exception to that rule came in 1979, when black radio proved to be quite receptive to "Glide."
"Sweden posesses incredible gems in Lars Jansson and the Bohuslan Big Band. The Bohuslan Big Band is a true ensemble, playing in a way that is rare these days as more and more large ensembles fall by the wayside. Thank godness this wonderful group has managed to survive. They've done well to choose Lars Jansson to compose this project. His playing and writhing exude beauty - inviting you in with melody, line, warmth and power. It is performed here in such a lovely way - with a perfect blend from these marvelous musicians whose long experience in playing with one another allows the spirit of the music to float freely to our ears." ~ Maria Schneider
If it were the heyday of '70s arena rock, L.A.-based hard rock outfit American Pearl would be just as cool as Foreigner, Survivor, Kansas, and Boston. Those smiling hard rock days called for epic-happy vocals and melodic guitar solos; American Pearl captures such memories and maintains a gnarling edge on their self-titled debut. Spiraling guitar riffs and punk rock attitude pinpoint this four-piece as just another alternative rock band. Not angst-powered like Limp Bizkit and Godsmack, American Pearl is reasonably harsh but in a rock & roll way on cuts like "California" and "Free Your Mind." "Automatic," the chosen closing track for Wes Craven's Scream 3, throbs with frontman/Chris Cornell sound-alike Kevin Roentgen's gritty vocals. It still feels like the first time, no Foreigner joke intended.