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Thievery Corporation: Radio Retaliation

Read "Radio Retaliation" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Della prima, travolgente, onda di artisti che ha ridefinito i confini di una globalizzazione sonora downtempo e cool [tra loro certamente gli indimenticabili Kruder&Dorfmeister], gli americani Thievery Corporation sono stati quelli al tempo stesso più coraggiosi e più discontinui, in un continuo [dis]equilibrio tra tensioni centrifughe, tentazioni mainstream-chic, virtù private e pubblici vizi, alternando raccolte di qualità altissima a ...

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Alan Morse: Four O'Clock and Hysteria

Read "Four O'Clock and Hysteria" reviewed by John Kelman

Eschewing the layered keyboards, vocal choruses, and generally “big" production of his normal gig as guitarist with neo-progsters Spock's Beard, Alan Morse's Four O'Clock and Hysteria comes out of left field. While there are unmistakable hints of progressive rock to be found, it's more fusion than prog, an album where guitar is the dominant voice. Alongside ...

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Daryl Stuermer: Go!

Read "Go!" reviewed by John Kelman

The peril of being a musical gun-for-hire is that it becomes difficult to know exactly who the artist really is. It becomes even more challenging when an artist like guitarist Daryl Stuermer works in seemingly disparate styles. Stuermer first emerged on the 1970s fusion scene, working with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and keyboardist George Duke. But he ...

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Steve Hackett: Wild Orchids

Read "Wild Orchids" reviewed by John Kelman

With the rumor mill in high gear about a 2007 Genesis reunion, the release of band alumnus Steve Hackett's Wild Orchid couldn't come at a better time. This release reminds us just how significantly Genesis changed after his departure in 1977. Virtually all affiliation with the progressive rock camp that the group inhabited during the first ...

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Proto-Kaw: The Wait of Glory

Read "The Wait of Glory" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

For my money, Proto-Kaw's 2004 release Before Became After was a modern-day progressive rock classic. Featuring Kansas founder and guitarist Kerry Livgren, that and this recording explore and extend concepts pursued by the group prior to the advent of its '70s-era commercial success. And while this newly issued studio session might not transcend or perhaps parallel ...