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Nik Turner: Life In Space

Read "Life In Space" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The British reedman, vocalist, and former member of the legendary space rock band Hawkwind navigates the cosmos once again. For some, Life in Space may equate to solitude and awe, but Nik Turner's festive approach may be more conducive to joyriding on Comets. Indeed, the artist's vocals take on an air of innocence, often mixed evenly ...

Daevid Allen Weird Quartet: Elevenses

Read "Elevenses" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Australian, Daevid Allen was one of the original progressive rock wizards who founded Soft Machine and Gong, nestled within the British Canterbury movement and beyond. Sadly, he passed away on March 13, 2016. Elevenses will stand-- barring any reissues from the vault--as his final album and the second release by his Weird Quartet.

Allen's ...

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Larry Coryell: Aurora Coryellis

Read "Aurora Coryellis" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

In the 1970s musicians were spinning new threads on the jazz language and guitarist Larry Coryell prominently figured into these schematics while also designated as one of the grandfathers of jazz fusion, namely due to his electrified work with vibraphonist Gary Burton on Duster (RCA, 1967). This 3-CD box set complete with a detailed booklet captures ...

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Various Artists: Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors

Read "Light My Fire: A Classic Rock Salute to The Doors" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Southern California-based Purple Pyramid Records and producer, instrumentalist Billy Sherwood raised the bar with this tribute to The Doors by convening a star-studded cast, featuring classic rockers performing with progressive rock luminaries. And the jazz contingent is onboard, evidenced by jazz guitar great Larry Coryell appearing with Focus keyboardist Thijs Van Leer on “Love Me Two ...

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ROVO and System 7: Phoenix Rising

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Fabled British progressive rock guitarist Steve Hillage was a pioneer back in the 1970s via his work with Gong. His morphing of far- out, psychedelic guitar licks with cutting edge prog stylizations became highly influential. Moreover, the guitarist's solo albums during this time fused electronics with dreamy soundscapes, sturdy backbeats and memorably melodic comps. Moving forward, ...

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Nik Turner: Space Gypsy

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Nik Turner (woodwinds, vocals) was a member of the seminal British space-rock band, Hawkwind. Here, he rekindles the days of yore with a splendid new offering that proffers a fresh perspective. To a certain extent, Space Gypsy generates a contrast of how current and perhaps cleaner digital technology contrasts the warmer, full-bodied sound of analog, when ...

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Nektar: Journey To The Centre Of The Eye

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British progressive-rock band Nektar's epic 1971 Sci-Fi, spacey, psychedelic debut Journey To The Centre Of The Eye, benefits from a finely engineered re-mastering job, along with a vintage bonus disc featuring a live performance of the album. During its day, the band achieved great success outside its native UK and settled in Germany, where this production ...

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Brand X: Manifest Destiny

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Oh baby, this is why I love band reunions or should I say band revivals. For this is one on-fire, cranked-up, slammin’ and funkified fusion fest. John Goodsall, Percy Jones, and the gang whirl you around by your heels until your brain pops. Being a dormant entity for most of the ‘80s, Brand X is obviously ...

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Billy Cobham: Focused

Read "Focused" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Jazz, Fusion pioneer Billy Cobham returns with a new band and a new look, featuring the electronic or digitally treated trumpet work of Randy Brecker. Cobham, as the liners suggest places a strong emphasis on composition and tight-knit ensemble work.

Other than his now legendary work with John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra, his early 1970’s recording “Spectrum” ...