The first DVD of Finnish jazz-rock / proglegendTasavallan Presidentti will be released inNovember 2007 by Akbazar Oy. The packageincludes 80 minutes of powerful live-footagefrom groups last Six Complete-tour and 40minutes of fresh interviews as well as somerare archive material from BBC and FinnishBroadcasting Company.The live parts contain material from the laststudio album and dynamic versions of oldfavourites like Deep Thinker, Tis Me Tis You andLounge, The Bargain, Dance and Last Quarters from bands classic Lambert Landalbumending with delicious cover of Frank Zappa´s King Kong as an encore.
Web - Theraphosa Blondi. CD. (Label: RDI, Cat.No: RDI 33020)
CD version ofthis album by UK psyche prog outfit the Web.It all started back in 1967 when the musicians Lennie Wright, Kenny Beveridge, Tom Harris, Tony Edwards and John Eaton moved to London and started a band they gave a rather hopeless name: John L. Watson and The Web. Watson was an American singer who had joined the band. The year after, the band wisely changed their name to just The Web, and recorded their first album called "Fully Interlocking". This is the follow-up "Theraphosa Blondi" from1969 and has some greatly listenable moments, showing a band deep into the current of "post-pop" psyche progressive rock music.
Shortly before he appeared on the landmark Advancement LP in 1969, vibraphone virtuoso Lynn Blessing released this, his only solo album. A superb fusion of jazz and laid-back psychedelia, it features musicians such as Sneaky Pete Kleinow (Flying Burrito Brothers) and Wolfgang Melz (the Association, Gabor Szabo) and was produced by legendary jazz flautist Paul Horn (Miles Davis, Donovan). Including a handful of mellow originals alongside unorthodox covers of songs by the Beatles, the Byrds, the Who, Bob Dylan and Judee Sill, it’s a laid-back delight from start to finish. As Blessing says at the outset: Sit back, relax, and take off.
UK - Danger Money. CD. (Label: Virgin Records, Cat.No: 5037142)
Formed in 1977, this rock supergroup featured (either ex or future) members of Roxy Music, Yes, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, Curved Air and Soft Machine. The short lived progressive / jazz fusion group's line up seemed to change with every release.This studio effort features the live favourite "Rendezvous 602".
CD release from The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam, featuring Bill Bruford and Keiko Abe. The album ‘Go Between’ was originally released in 1986 but has been unavailable since 1992.The New Percussion Group of Amsterdam was founded in 1980 by two solo percussionists of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Symphony Orchestra, Jan Pustjens and Niels Le Large, specifically to bring new and adventurous percussion works to a young and modern audience. This re-mastered edition of Go Between comprises four long tracks of material written specifically for the project and its two stellar-featured artists.Bill Bruford has been in the top echelon of percussionists for almost forty years. Through bands like Yes, King Crimson and Genesis to countless sessions and also leading a number of his own groups. Bill has enjoyed success within a number of different musical fields including rock and jazz. He currently leads the successful Earthworks jazz ensemble and runs the equally successful record labels Summerfold and Winterfold.The eminent Japanese composer and virtuoso, Keiko Abe, studied percussion, composition and piano at Gakugei University in Tokyo, ultimately specialising on marimba, the instrument she was to change forever. Her formidable technical skill and powerful musical interpretation has made her a primary figure in the development of the modern five octave concert instrument, in terms of expanding both technique and repertoire
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Live At Montreux 1978 / 1984. dbl DVD. (Label: Eagle Vision, Cat.No: EREDV640)
This is the first ever Mahavishnu Orchestra DVD. With McLaughlin as the ever-present, the Orchestra line-up went through various phases and these two concerts from Montreux showcase the band at distinctively different times of their career, with the seventies show featuring later stars Jean-Luc Ponty and Michael Walden and the eighties concert featuring saxophone maestro Bill Evans. PAL / REGION 2 / MAIN FEATURE 220 minutes.
Al Di Meola - Speak A Volcano - Return To Electric Guitar. DVD. (Label: Inakustic, Cat.No: INAK7002)
After a splendid career, spanning over 30 years, exploring a variety of styles, Al Di Meola still ranks among the most popular guitar-masters of jazz and jazz-rock. With countless recordings, numerous awards, and six million albums sales later, Al Di Meola is still challenging himself and his music.This DVD filmed live on stage with Speak A Volcano in Leverkusen, Germany in November 2006, Al Di Meola rediscovered after almost 20 years of acoustic guitar his love of the electric guitar without denying newer influences. The result is a balancing act between volcanic electronic ecstasy and emotionally moving sound excursions, between zealous improvisations and intimate conversations, including many compositions of Al Di Meola himself, and five Piazzolla tunes.Bonus In conversation with Al and Al's guitar tips.Region 0 code.
Formed from the ashes of Arrival and Joe Cocker’s Grease Band, Kokomo were a fantastic live act and one of the more authentic UK funk bands of the 1970's, who drew great reviews on the seminal 1975 Naughty Rhythms tour with Dr. Feelgood. Collected here are their first two albums on one disc. Often compared to the Average White Band (Kokomo were infinitely better), their stunning debut includes an extended version of Bobby Womack's "I Can Understand It" plus eight other songs. Rise and Shine! stands as the finest British funk album of the 1970s, it is the sound of a band successfully capturing their live attack in the studio something not found on any of their contemporaries releases of the mid 70's.
Allen Toussaint - What Is Success - The Scepter And Bell Recordings. CD. (Label: Kent Soul, Cat.No: CDKEND 286)
Toussaint's second solo album, the first that he released under his own name (originally titled Toussaint) augmented with the A's and B-sides of three 45's from the same era. First out in 1970, this was largely overlooked but is now considered to be a masterpiece of the time; it is a showcase for both Toussaint’s widely admired piano playing and his unique bluesy voice. Sixteen tracks in total, including: "Working In The Coalmine", "From A Whisper To A Scream", "The Chokin' Kind" and "Number Nine."
Miles Davis - Steamin' [Rudy Van Gelder Edition]. CD. (Label: Universal, Cat.No: 7230167)
Of Miles Davis's many bands, none was more influential and popular than the quintet with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones. Davis's muted ballads and medium-tempo standards endeared him to the public. The horns' searing exposition of classics like "Salt Peanuts" and "Well, You Needn't" captivated musicians. The searching, restless improvisations of Coltrane intrigued listeners who had a taste for adventure. The flawless rhythm section became a model for bands everywhere. Steamin' from 1956 is a significant portion of the music of this remarkable group.
Featuring the cream of California’s jazzmen (including members of Gabor Szabo’s band and Bill Plummer’s Cosmic Brotherhood), this criminally-overlooked 1969 set fuses modal jazz and psychedelic rock to unforgettableeffect. Stuffed with haunting melodies, mellow vibraphone, ripping fuzz guitar and irresistible grooves, it’s a lost classic that’ll appeal to fans of acid rock and psychedelic jazz alike. First time on CD.Psych-jazz classic. Features Gabor Szabo sidemen.
Blackbyrds - Happy Music: The Best Of The Blackbyrds. CD. (Label: Universal, Cat.No: 7230194)
Compiled from their half dozen top-selling albums, Happy Music is full of the most danceable, party-hearty, spirited grooves found anywhere. For the club, the car, the crib, or wherever, it is truly sophisticated music with a truly contemporary feel. This is mainly due to the fact that these cats could really play, everything from Jazz-Fusion to straight Funk to Soul to Smooth Jazz to Urban Adult Contemporary to Pop. They were as effervescent, energetic, and tight as any band out there. Happy Music is a 14 track career spanning overview of the two-time Grammy Nominated jazz supergroup and includes the never before released bonus track "Feel Like A Kid".The Blackbyrds (formed in 1974, disbanded 1980) were the creation of one Dr. Donald Byrd, noted Jazz trumpeter in the Blue Note Records stable for many years and a distinguished protégé of Clifford Brown.
John Martyn - Man Upstairs. DVD. (Label: Voiceprint, Cat.No: VPDVD34)
Concert footage capturing an on form Martyn for German television in 1978. This performance was recorded a few months after John’s most recent album One World had been released, the set also consists of some classics from the Solid Air, Bless The Weather and Sunday's Child albums. Eleven tracks in all. STEREO SOUND / REGION 0 / CLASSICFICATION E
Earth, Wind & Fire - Last Days And Time / Head To The Sky. CD. (Label: B.G.O. Records, Cat.No: BGOCD768)
Earth, Wind & Fire’s first two albums for CBS, dating from 1972 and ’73. These albums find the group incorporating seemingly all of the genres under the sun and successfully moulding these styles into their own, notably this was when the hits started to emerge, most notably on Head To The Sky. Includes: "Remember The Children", "Build Your Nest", "Mom" and "Zanzibar." Digitally remastered and slipcased.