For my 814th review I proud to present John Ferrara, bassist for the globetrotting psych-fusion stalwarts Consider The Source, brings his powerful solo compositions to life with the aid of the virtuoso percussionist Seth Moutal in their debut album Frail Things In Sharp Places to be released on June 13, 2018. On that, they play everything you hear on the album, and they try not to record it if they can’t do it live. I loved this album to start to finish with great guitar and bass riffs and fantastic percussion work. Among the tracks on this eleven song album is Grandma Jeannie which has an Indian sound, One Small I which had a relaxing sort of sound, Song For Ramida, Mouth Say Tounge, and so much more. The album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available for purchase from Bandcamp, Itunes, Amazon and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
If you take some progressive rock, add some jazz, some Americana, a bit of blues and a tad of country you get the album Inward by Montreal, Canada-based artist Ghostly Beard A.K.A. Patrick Talbot a virtuoso singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who recently came out of a 15-year musical retirement. When listening to his music, one can hear his inspiration from such legendary artists and bands as Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Michael Franks, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Genesis, XTC, and Weather Report. This May 4, 2018, ten track album which consists of songs written, and all instruments and vocals by Talbot is the third official CD release which defines the Ghostly Beard sound which is a blend of many influences and genres including such tracks as How Does It Feel, Autumn Blues, Let It Rain, Going Away and so much more. I was impressed with how well this album was written, recorded and performed. This album is available from Amazon, Bandcamp and other outlets and proceeds from album sales will be given to MusiCounts, a Canadian charity organization that promotes music education through a wide variety of programs, including scholarships and providing musical instruments and equipment to after-school music programs and other community non-profit organizations.
Ashville, North Carolina Reggae legends Chalwa is releasing an innovative and eclectic new album called Concentration Time, released April 20, 2018. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians featuring Dennis Berndt: Lead Vocals and Guitar, Dusty Brown: Bass, Nethali Percival: Percussion and Melodica, Timothy Marsh: Guitar and Vocals, Bernard Carmen: Keys and Vocals, Josh Lyn: Drums and Dub Machine and Evan Ackerman: Guitar. With it being called possibly the “Sgt. Pepper” of reggae albums and with its unique and unusual production, along with the stellar performance by the band, upon listening to “Concentration Time” one might draw that conclusion as shown with great tracks as The Journey, the title track Concentration Time, Life Goes On, Sisters Of The Moon, Bassballs and much more. This release started out as weekly studio sessions where the band was exploring different musical ideas/soundscapes with no intention of creating an album. We were just having fun every Monday and Tuesday night for months with no expectations. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. I am looking forward to hearing more from this band as I am a fan of reggae after seeing Bob Marley in the early 80’s. This album is available for purchase on the band’s website and on Bandcamp and I will update when I know more outlets.
Things Are Looking Up is the second album by an Aussie-American Acoustic Driven Quintet from Long Island, New York called The Walk-A-Bout to be released on June 15, 2018. This great album has the sounds of Rock, Jazz with some great ballad thrown in as seen with such tracks as the title track Things Are Looking Up, That’s The Way It Goes, Consequences, Drifting Tide and more. I was impressed with the vocals and instrumental back up as well as how it was written, performed and recorded. This album will be available for purchase on their website http://www.walkaboutband.com, Amazon, Itunes and will update you when more outlets are found.
For my 784th review, I am doing something I rarely do and that is to review a single song. Bellwether Serenade is inspired by the alto sax that Bryan Cumming bought from Sally Weatherford, whose husband Don Belcher, bought it when he was in high school in 1953. This soft jazzy composition was written by Bryan and played on Alto Sax along with Kelli Cox on piano, John Vogt on bass and Adam Mormolstein on drums and is from the sessions of May 2016 when they recorded Come Out Swinging album with a live band in the studio. They recorded twenty songs during that recording session in which ten of the songs became the album Come Out Swinging. The other ten songs including this beautiful song are on their new album to be released sometime next year. Bryan also sent me an earlier version of this great song that was for an earlier home-made version of the Come Out Swinging album which I liked just as well. Impressed with how well this song was written, performed, and recorded. I will keep you updated on when this song is released and where you can purchase it.
B4Ever Now is the March 1, 2018, EP release by Marcelo Paganini, a French/Brazilian composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, keyboards, harmonica, cavaquinho, bass, percussion, drums), arranger, sound designer, and movie maker. This progressive rock-jazz fusion for the digital space age album with guitar and vocals is out of this world as seen on such tracks as Crying With A Smile, Last Bart To San Bruno, the title track B4Ever Now, and 2012 Space Traffic Jam. I was amazed by how well this EP was written, produced, recorded and performed and is available from CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 776th review, I am proud to announce the release of Another Day by Cross and Jackson, a March 9, 2018 album on the Cross and Jackson Record label and distributed by the Cherry Red Records label. David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator. This new studio album also features Mick Paul on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and was produced by Jake Jackson. The 12 new tracks on this album showcase the talents of Cross & Jackson with a jazzy rock style and in some tracks a haunting sound that would work in a soundtrack for a horror film. Among the great track on this album are Bushido, Last Ride, Going Nowhere, Breaking Bad, Mr. Morose, Anthem For Another Day and much more. I was amazed by how well this album was performed, recorded, produced and written. I recommend that you take a listen to this album on Spotify and if you like it, you can purchase this album on Amazon, Itunes, Cherry Red Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Soul Redemption is the debut release from guitarist/vocalist Flav Martin and drummer Jerry Marotta. This nine song album is filled with fresh, modern adult rock and a sprinkling of traditional world pop flavor released March 1, 2018, on the Olin-McGraw Records label. Listening to this album I hear a mixture of Jazz, Pop, Latin and other flavors. I was impressed such tracks as the title track Soul Redemption, Please, Rio De Janiero, Wild Moon and so much more. This album has great vocals and instrumentation as well as it being well written, recorded, produced and performed. This album is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, Bandcamp and everywhere else where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Inter-fusion is a 2018 fusion rock project from guitar legend, Shuggie Otis which features commanding drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Beck Bogert & Appice) and stellar bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm/Roy Harper) and was released on April 20, 2018, on the Cleopatra Records label. Shuggie Otis is a singer-songwriter, recording artist, and multi-instrumentalist. This album is a mixture of Rock, Blues, and Jazz as heard in such tracks as Aphelion, Ice Cold Daydream, Woman, and much more. This album was well written, recorded, produced and performed. You can purchase this great album from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Cleopatra Records and everywhere else that CD’s, Vinyl and digital downloads are sold.
Guitar Masters Collection is a CD collection from Grammy award-winning producer Brian Tarquin featuring the cream of the crop guitarists such as Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Stanley Clarke, Zakk Wylde and much more. This album which mixes Rock with Jazz and Funk was released on March 23, 2018, on the Cleopatra Records label. Among the great tracks on this ten track album are Tocar Modera featuring Larry Coryell & Brian Tarquin, Funk Me Tender featuring Steve Vai & Randy Coven, an awesome remake of the Stevie Wonder classic I Wish featuring Zakk Wylde & Randy Coven, Hair featuring Joe Satriani and Stanley Clarke, Mother Load featuring Leslie West from Mountain & Randy Coven plus so much more. This great compilation was well written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a big fan of great guitar works, you will want to own this album which can be purchased from Amazon, Itunes, Cleopatra Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.