As He Now Appears is the instrumental debut album by Elliot Nelson, a British born instrumental solo artist, composer, and producer from the north of England released on August 7, 2020. Elliot is the son of Be-box Deluxe frontman Bill Nelson and on this album, he brings to this album a mixture of various music genres from electronic, jazz, ambient classical, and experimental rock. This eleven-song album features such great tracks as the title track As He Now Appears, The Ethereal Balloon, God’s Pythons, From The Blonde To The Beast and so much more. I was impressed with the performance on this album as well as the brilliant songwriting talent and a superb recording. This is an artist I am looking forward to hearing more from in the future. This amazing release is available on digital download from Bandcamp and other music outlets.
Invisible” is the second solo album by California born but Indiana based drummer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Nick D’Virgilio (NDV) and comes almost two decades after his debut solo offering. The lineup on this release features Nick D’Virgilio on drums, loops, and vocals, Jonas Reingold on bass, Randy McStine on guitars, Jordan Rudess on piano & synths, and Nick D’Virgilio, Kat Bower, Beth Cohen, Nathan Heironimus, Sophia D’ Virgilio on background vocals. This fourteen track album scheduled for release on June 26, 2020 collection of songs that make up the story of a man who is unhappy with where his life has ended up. Listening to this album I hear a mixture of classical, progressive rock, jazz and with a little funk thrown in with such great tracks as Turn Your Life Around, Money (That’s What I Want), Mercy, Overcome, Wrong Place Wrong Time and so much more. This release features an amazing performance, great songwriting, and a superb recording. This is an album I would highly recommend to your music library which is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from his website https://www.nickdvirgilio.com/ and many other music outlets. This is definitely an album I would love to own on vinyl.
The Return, the highly anticipated second recording by the eclectic music ensemble, Deep Energy Orchestra will be released on February 21, 2020, on Trey Gunn’s 7D Media record label showcases the compositions of Jason Everett aka Mister E and features the artists Fareed Haque (Billy Cobham, Zawinal Syndicate), V. Selvaganesh (Shakti with John McLaughlin), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Neyvili Radhakrishna (Jonas Hellborg), Ujwal Nagar (Advaita), Suhail Yusuf Khan, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. This nine-track album blends sounds and rhythms from Progressive Rock, Classical, funk, Indian, and Flamenco styles on such tracks as Moksha (which is in four parts like a symphony) Grapes For Khan, Mysterious World and much more. I was quite moved by this performance as well as the songwriting and recording. This album will be released on February 21st from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets on CD and digital download.
Arias & Serenades is the April 10, 2007 album by the accomplished pianist, guitarist, composer, studio producer and a member of the popular singing group Canada’s Three Tenors Charles Di Raimondo who enjoys a successful career in Canada and the USA. He is in demand as a tenor soloist at concerts, recitals, festivals, and major corporate functions. This fifteen track album of operatic arias and serenades showcases his amazing tenor voice on such tracks as Mattinata, Granada, Agnus Dei Lamb Of God, Amor Ti Vieta, O Sole Mio and much more. I enjoyed this release from start to finish with an amazing vocal performance and recording. This is my third review for this accomplished tenor and I am looking forward to hearing much more from this artist whether it is older recordings or future releases. This album is available on CD and digital download from many outlets where music is sold.
A great way to spend Christmas Eve is to get a nice package from Canada and in it was a seamless and heartwarming mix of Classical and Contemporary Christmas favorites called The Christmas Collection by a classically trained singer/songwriter/pianist from Toronto, Ontario Canada Charles Di Raimondo. Charles gives us his unique style and powerful voice on such tracks on this twelve track album that was released November 14, 2103, on the CD Productions Records label such as O Holy Night, What Child Is This, Panis Angelicus, The Lords Prayer, and much more. I enjoyed this CD from start to finish as was quite impressed with how he made these Christmas classics his own with an amazing performance and a superb recording. This is definitely an album you will want to add to your Christmas music library which you can get your copy from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and many other outlets where CDs and digital downloads are sold.
With the holiday season coming around the corner, it is nice to find new holiday albums to mix in with the standards that we have heard year in and year out. A great example of that is the November 9, 2010 holiday album The Magic Of Christmas by Canada’s own Quartetto Gelato, a 12-track collection of classic and timeless holiday songs set to lush arrangements released on the Linus Entertainment Records label. This quartet consists of the late Alexander Sevastian on accordion, Colin Maier on oboe, clarinet, and English Horn, Liza McLellan on cello and bass and Peter DeSotto on violin, mandolin, and vocals. This quartet put their touch on Christmas classics such as White Christmas, The Christmas Song, Ave Maria, I’ll Be Home For Christmas plus two compilations Christmas Medley and a classical Christmas piece called Christmas Concerto. I was moved by how well this album was arranged, performed and recorded. If you are looking for a Christmas album that is different from what you hear every year, pick up a copy of this one on CD and digital download from Amazon, Itunes, and all other music outlets. To learn more about this quartet, go to their official website https://quartettogelato.ca
Lavoro D’Amore (Labour of Love) is a highly listenable amalgam of symphonic progressive rock, modern classical, ethnic folk, with psychedelic touches and Avant flourishes released March 16, 2015 by Saint Petersburg, Russia progressive rock band Roz Vitalis consisting of Vladimir Efimov on electric Gibson guitar, Alexey Gorshkov on trumpet, Yury Khomonenko on drums and percussion, Ruslan Kirillov on bass guitar and ukulele, Vladislav Korotkikh on flute, Ivan Rozmainsky on grand Steinway piano, harpsichord, Hammond RT-3 organ, Tesla Delicia mini 2, Elka Rhapsody 490, other keyboards, and metallophone, Philip Semenov on drums and percussion, and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky on electric Fender guitar, acoustic guitars, and bass guitar. This eleven-track album features such great tracks as the title track Lavoro D’Amore, There Are The Workers of Iniquity Fallen, Need For Someone Else, What Are You Thinking About and much more. This great album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is my third review for this band and plan to do more in the future. You can find your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this great band and their music by going to their Bandcamp page https://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com
Patience Of Hope is the September 28, 2012 album by Russian progressive rock band Roz Vitalis released on the Mals Records label featuring Vladimir Efimov on guitars and keyboards, Yuru Khomonenko on percussion, drums and accordion, Ruslan Kirillov on bass, Philip Semenov on drums, Vladislav Korotkikh on flutes and Jew’s harp, Ivan Rozmainsky on piano, harpsichord, Hammond, keyboards, and metallophone and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky on guitars and bass plus other guest musicians. After listening to another album of theirs The Hidden Man Of The Heart, I knew I had to hear more from this band, so when I got the opportunity to hear this great album I was excited. This eleven-track release which I consider a classical crossover album with a little progressive rock thrown in features such great songs as the title track Patience Of Hope, Seeds Fell Among Thorns, Gorgeous Cliffs, Touching Among The Mystery and much more. I found this album very relaxing and was impressed with their songwriting and performance style as well as its recording. This is the second of several reviews I will be doing for this band and you can find your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this great band and their music by going to their Bandcamp page https://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com
The Hidden Man Of The Heart is the March 30, 2018 album by Russian progressive rock band Roz Vitalis featuring Vladimir Efimov and Vladimir Semenov-Tyan-Shansky on guitars, Ivan Rozmainsky on keyboards, Alexey Gorshkov on trumpets and guitars, Vladislav Korotkikh on flutes, Ruslan Kirillov on bass guitar and Philip Semenov on drums. This fourteen track album features a mix of rock, classical and a bit of jazz with such great tracks as Passing Over, Blurred, Fret Not Myself Because Of Evildoers, the title track The Hidden Man Of The Heart, Psalm 6 and much more. This is the first Russian progressive rock band I have heard and I was quite impressed with their songwriting abilities, their amazing performance and how this album was recorded. This will be the first of several reviews I will be doing for this band and you can find your copy of this album on CD and digital download from Amazon, Discogs, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets. You can learn more about this great band and their music by going to their Bandcamp page https://rozvitalis.bandcamp.com
Transitions is the fifth contemporary classical/minimalist album by Malcolm Galloway, singer/multi-instrumentalist and composer of award-winning progressive rock band Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. This release is more of an EP than a regular album since it only has three tracks Pattern Jugglers, Slow and the title track Transition. I found this album to be a great relaxing album and I was impressed by how he was able to create this great piece of work with him playing all the instruments. This EP was well written, recorded, performed and produced. I plan in the future to review his other recordings as well as his work with Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate. You can get your copy of this EP by going to https://malcolmgalloway.bandcamp.com/releases