Content by tag "Gong"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Gong at the Assembly Rooms Islington

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Gong, supporting Steve Hillage
Assembly Rooms Islington
London, UK
November 16, 2019

We all know that it's never literally the same river twice, but with a band it's a little more complicated. A name can mean everything when it comes to sales and marketing, so even when the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Soft Machine: Hidden Details

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Hidden Details celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Soft Machine's 1968 eponymous debut, a seismic event in the British psychedelic, jazz and rock music landscapes that still reverbates as the Canterbury scene/sound. This anniversary studio celebration also brought about Soft Machine's first tour of North America since 1974, with several 2018 shows featuring Gary Husband as guest ...

Big Bands, Orchestras and Soft Machines

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Randy Brecker & NDR Bigband
Rocks
Piloo Records & Productions LLC
2019

The easiest answer isn't always the best answer, but sometimes it is. So it's both easy and proper to point out that trumpet and flugelhorn master, composer, and bandleader Randy Brecker was kind enough ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Josh Pollock: Threnodius Daevidus - in honour of Mr Allen

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It can't be a coincidence that some of the best concerts and some of the most rewarding first-time-listen albums will come about when there has been absolutely no anticipation of the experience to come. So the advice is to put aside this text and put in a search at Bandcamp, or better still trot down to ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tom Barford, Hugh Masakela and Count Basie

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The debut album from British saxophonist, composer and 2017 winner of the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, Tom Barford, is the featured release on this show. Also featured is a great collection of early Hugh Masakela recordings, and some classic Count Basie cuts. In between jazz rock from Gong and a selection of brand new releases.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Travis & Fripp: Between the Silence

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Having reformed in 2013 with its distinctive three-drummer frontline and hitting the road for the first time in over a decade the following year, King Crimson's guitarist/keyboardist and only remaining original member Robert Fripp is another example of a musician in his senior years maintaining a more active schedule than, perhaps, at any other time in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nik Turner and Youth: Pharaohs From Outer Space

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Pharaohs From Outer Space is one of three albums launching British experimental / ambient label Painted Word. The label has been formed by post-punk band Killing Joke's bassist Youth, who describes the album--which he produced and co-headlines with Nik Turner, saxophonist with psychedelic space-rockers Hawkind--as “a nod to Sun Ra and Alice Coltrane." It is mellifluous, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brand X: Locked & Loaded

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There are a great many bands whose lineups have been so fluid that keeping track of who was in the band when is no mean feat. Few bands have, however, had as complicated a history as Brand X. Even in its latest re-reincarnation, there's been a lineup shift between the high octane fusion group's January, 2017 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Leonardo Pavkovic: Nothing is Ordinary

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More than any other person, Leonardo Pavkovic has made me write some crazy shit.

Pavkovic is the primal force behind the joyously eclectic MoonJune Records, which he established in 2001. “Established" may not be the right word: “I am truly an unusual and rules breaking call-it-record-company with a 'label' identity despite the fact that ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...