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Steven Wilson: Intuitive Indulgences and Pop Proclivities

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The trajectory of Steven Wilson's career, since stepping away from his longtime band Porcupine Tree to go solo, has been nothing short of remarkable. Since interviewing him in 2012 for the release of Get All You Deserve (Kscope, 2012)--an audio and video document of his world tour in support of Grace for Drowning (Kscope, 2011), his second solo album following 2009's Insurgentes (Kscope)-- Wilson has released a third studio recording, 2013's The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) ...

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Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase.

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Sometimes you never can tell. When British singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson released the old school progressive rock record The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope, 2013), who knew that it would not only turn out to be his best-selling album since walking away from Porcupine Tree to begin an increasingly successful solo career with Insurgentes (Kscope, 2009), but become the most successful album in his entire career? That progressive rock has been making a resurgence ...

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Pat Metheny Group: Travels

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Pat Metheny GroupTravelsECM Records 1983 There are some records that cannot help but become etched in the memory as a reminder of times past... a happy circumstance, perhaps, or (though hopefully not) something less positive in one's life. Today's Rediscovery is an album that, no matter the time of year, brings back memories of warm summer evenings beneath a star-lit country sky. When Pat Metheny Group--the guitarist's then-six year-old group that had, by that ...

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Soft Machine: Switzerland 1974

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Thank goodness for Cuneiform Records. Beyond releasing cutting edge new music from now-longstanding groups like The Claudia Quintet and relative newcomers like Norway's Pixel, the intrepid American label continues to unearth, restore and release wonderful archival finds like S.O.S.' Looking for the Next One (2013), and the equally impressive Flashpoint: NDR Jazz Workshop-April '69 (2011), from one of the group's reed players, John Surman. Perhaps its most important work on the archival front has, however, been in sourcing live music ...

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Sanguine Hum: Now We Have Light

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Sometimes things take a long time to gestate in the minds of musicians, but Sanguine Hum may well be eligible for entry in the Guinness Book of World Records-- if there was such a category (and if there isn't, perhaps now there should be)--for Longest Time to Bring a Musical Concept to Fruition. OK, it's a clunky name and someone at Guinness will have to do better, but with the double-disc concept album Now We Have Light, Sanguine Hum has ...

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Steve Kuhn: Non-Fiction

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Steve Kuhn Non-FictionECM Records1978 Today's Rediscovery is another title that falls into the category of “begging to be issued on CD for the first time. When ECM Records released Life's Backward Glances--Solo and Quartet in 2009--part of its Old & New Masters Edition series of box sets that gathered together various albums, some never before on CD in their full form, others never on CD before ever--there seemed to be one notable absence from a ...

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Anouar Brahem: Souvenance

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If we are, in the final analysis, the sum total of our experiences, then it stands to reason that the work of musicians (and other artists) is a reflection of the events that touch their lives. Souvenance means “recollection," and if there is not, as oudist Anouar Brahem claims, “a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia," then there's little doubt that the album's cover image--taken by Nacer Talef in the Tunisian capital of Tunis ...

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Material: Hallucination Engine

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Material Hallucination EngineAxiom1994 Some albums come along without any real intention other than to be what the are yet, without any fanfare, completely change the possible ways music can be perceived, felt and created by those lucky enough to hear them. Today's Rediscovery is one such album, a record that wasn't just ahead of its time when it was released in 1994; it seems still ahead of its time today, more than twenty years later. ...



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