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Bill Bruford: The Winterfold Collection 1978-1986

Read "Bill Bruford: The Winterfold Collection 1978-1986" reviewed by John Kelman

It's often easy to judge artists based on where they are now, but when you have a recorded legacy as rich as that of Bill Bruford, it's far better to view the body of work as a whole. As divergent as the intrepid percussionist/composer/bandleader's career has been, there are common threads running through all his work, making the earlier, electrified and amplified material on this Winterfold Collection fit contextually as a logical antecedent to his more recent unplugged and improvisation-centric ...

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Jean-Luc Ponty: Individual Choice

Read "Jean-Luc Ponty: Individual Choice" reviewed by Peter Rubie

By 1982, jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty had established an enviable reputation as a pioneer in jazz-rock and jazz fusion. He began as a young bebop player in the late 1950s with little interest in becoming another swing or gypsy style violinist. It was the “sheets of sound" music of John Coltrane that spoke loudest to him. By the early 1970s Ponty was recording and touring with rock composer Frank Zappa, and playing with John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra, as well as ...

Album Review

Allan Holdsworth & Alan Pasqua: Proto-Cosmos

Read "Proto-Cosmos" reviewed by Jim Worsley

If the song title “Proto-Cosmos" brings Tony Williams to mind then step to the front of the class. Alan Pasqua's tune is featured on the drummer's 1975 album, Believe It (Columbia). The record is considered by some to be the best fusion album of all time. In addition to Pasqua and bassist Tony Newton, a young British guitarist named Allan Holdsworth introduced himself to the masses. Fast forward to 2022 and it has been five and a half years since ...

Radio & Podcasts

The release of Proto Cosmos from the late Allan Holdsworth, plus Mark Lettieri and Gillaume Barroud

Read "The release of Proto Cosmos from the late Allan Holdsworth, plus Mark Lettieri and Gillaume Barroud" reviewed by Len Davis

The release of Proto Cosmos from the late Allan Holdsworth. New music from Mark Lettieri, Billy Cobham and Sixun. World music from Dhafer Youssef and Guillaume Barraud, from Melbourne The JaimZ Project.Playlist Allan Holdsworth “Looking Glass" from Proto Cosmos (Blue Canoe) 00:00 Robben Ford-Bill Evans sax “Passaic" from Common Ground (MPS/Edel Music) 05:36 Robert Walter “Security" from Better Feathers (Royal Potato Family) 11:18 Mark Lettieri “Duster" from Fly Through It (GroundUp Music) 16:55 Billy Cobham “Seven Eight “ ...

Album Review

Nucleus: Nucleus Live at the BBC

Read "Nucleus Live at the BBC" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini

Dio salvi la regina. E la BBC. L'emittente di stato britannica ha capito fin da subito che da quelle belle energie musicali, che spuntavano come l'erba di Hyde Park sotto al tiepido sole di quelle latitudini, passavano le scelte esistenziali e culturali delle nuove generazioni e sin dagli anni sessanta ha dato ampio spazio alla musica, premiando non solo il pop ma anche le proposte più articolate e di nicchia e ha conservato in archivio una buona parte di quelle ...

Radio & Podcasts

Allan Holdsworth, Niacin, Brand X, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets

Read "Allan Holdsworth, Niacin, Brand X, Steps Ahead and Yellowjackets" reviewed by Len Davis

We remember the late Allan Holdsworth on his birthday. The choice of three tunes from the late guitarist have been selected by Richard Hallebeek from the Netherlands, Alex Machacek from the US and Brett Garsed from Australia, and we thank them for their contribution. We also have Cab with Bunny Brunel, Dennis Chambers and Tony McAlpine, plus Niacin and Brand X. Playlist Allan Holdsworth} “Low Levels High Stakes" from Hard Hat Area (Restless) 00:00 Allan Holdsworth “Ruhkukah" from ...

Album Review

Soft Works: Abracadabra in Osaka

Read "Abracadabra in Osaka" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

«Nel 2000 mi venne questa pazza idea di aiutare il mio vecchio amico Elton Dean a organizzare una reunion dei leggendari Soft Machine...» Inizia così il racconto di Leonardo Pavkovic, patron della Moonjune Records, al giornalista Chris M. Slawecki di All About Jazz sulla genesi dei Soft Works, quartetto composto da Elton Dean, Allan Holdsworth, Hugh Hopper e John Marshall che, nel 2002, diede alle stampe l'album Abracadabra. Allora, si trattò di una delle prime reincarnazioni ...


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