The Red Planet by Rick Wakeman & The English Rock Emsemble

The Red Planet is a studio album by English keyboardist and former member of Yes, Rick Wakeman, released on 19 June 2020 on the R&D Media and Madfish Music Records label and featuring an alternative line-up of his backing band, The English Rock Ensemble which features Dave Colquhoun on guitars, Lee Pomeroy on bass and Ash Soan on drums. Wakeman revealed that it will take form as an instrumental progressive rock album that is “keyboard-heavy” in a similar style to his 1973 debut, The Six Wives of Henry VIII.   This eight-song album with connections to space features such tracks as Ascraeus Mons, Arsia Mons, Olympus Mons, Pavonis Mons. This great release features an amazing performance, excellent songwriting talent, and a superb recording.  I have been a big fan of Rick Wakeman since his days this yes and his earlier solo work.  If you are a big Rick Wakeman fan like I am, you will definitely want to add this album to your music library.  This awesome release is available on Vinyl, CD, and digital download from Amazon and many other music retailers.

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As He Now Appears by Elliot

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.

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Nothing At All by Jason DeGeorge

This morning I want to present Jason DeGeorge’s instrumental cover of Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite’s Nothing At All from the upcoming album Realizing Me. This single features Jason DeGeorge on guitar, piano, and organ as well as bassist Mike Klemish and drummer Chris Badami.  I was quite impressed with Jason’s amazing guitar work which he puts a lot of feeling into this song.  This single showcases a great performance and a superb recording.  If the rest of the album is as powerful as this one track, I know that it will be a best seller.  You can purchase your copy from Amazon, Spotify, and all other music retailers.

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Destinations by Darryl Way

Destinations is the new studio album by Darryl Way,  the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist, and composer and features ten new rock instrumentals, with a variety of influences and sound effects enriching the style and delivery of the pieces.  On this ten-track album that was released February 20, 2020, on the Right Honourable Records label, Darryl introduces himself as a guitarist as well as performing in his more familiar role as a violinist with a mixture of progressive rock and jazz on such tracks as Metropolis, A Rainy Day in Vienna, Rivieria Blue, Freedom Road and so much more.  I was quite impressed with the performance on this album as well as his songwriting and the recording.  This album is available on CD and digital download from Amazon, Apple Music, Discogs, and many other music outlets.  You can learn more about this artist, his music and much more by going to his official website http://www.darrylway.com  In closing, I want to thank Billy at Glass Onyon PR for sending me the digital download copy of this album.

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Lucky Hand by Steve Dawson

Lucky Hand is Steve Dawson‘s first record of instrumental music since Rattlesnake Cage came out in 2014 and represents a high point of more than two decades of musical searching released June 15, 2018, on the Black Hen Records Label. This release is comprised of ten instrumental tracks of solo, duo and full-bodied string works, which Dawson has never released music as sweeping, dynamic and visually suggestive as this features such tracks as The Circuit Rider Of Pigeon Forge, Bentonia Blues, Old Hickory Breakdown, the title track Lucky Hand, Bugscuffle and much more.  I was impressed with Steve’s performance on this album as well as how it was written and recorded.  With Peggy Lee (cello), Jesse and his brother Josh Zubot (violins) and John Kastle (viola) – contributing to the session along with Steve on the guitar, this is an album that you need to take a listen to and add to your library.  This release is available on Vinyl, CD and digital download format from Amazon, Discogs, Black Hen Music, and many other music outlets.

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Insufficient Necessities by Chris Haskett And His Ongoing Dysphoria

Insufficient Necessities is the November 15, 2019 EP release by Chris Haskett And His Ongoing Dysphoria on the Dencity Records label. Joining Chris Haskett on guitar is Collin Van Gerven and Mike Baxter on bass, Joran Jansen on drums, Tom Maassen on percussion and Helena Handbaskett on keyboards.  This four-track instrumental rock Ep features the tracks Dodge Em, Ivy City, Hoof-Dee!, and Going Back.  I was quite impressed with the performance of this EP, as well as how it was written and recorded.  I just looked at his website and I am interested in hearing his earlier work.  This album will be available on November 15 in CD and digital download from Itunes, Bandcamp, and other outlets.  To learn more about this amazing artist, go to his official website https://www.chrishaskett.com

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