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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Bruford: Seems Like a Lifetime Ago 1977 - 1980

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With the plethora of box sets being issued these days with new masters and, perhaps even more importantly, new mixes of classic recordings, it was inevitable that the small but significant discography of drummer Bill Bruford's first steps into a solo career with his band Bruford should finally get the deluxe treatment. Seems Like a Lifetime ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Clearlight: Impressionist Symphony

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French keyboardist Cyrille 'Clearlight' Verdeaux's 1974 issued Clearlight Symphony is purportedly a venerated gem by many progressive rock enthusiasts. Here, the artist celebrates the 40th anniversary of the initial release with a new venture, featuring the original cast of GONG band-mates, Steve Hillage (guitar), Tim Blake (synth, Theremin) and Didier Malherbe (reeds). Verdeaux asked the trio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gary Windo: Deep Water

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Celebrated British saxophonist Gary Windo had an imposing musical presence as his untimely passing in 1992 left a huge void on the international jazz and rock scenes. He could seemingly gash titanium into shards via his colossal sound, linked with shimmering vibrato phrasings and serrated lines. During the 70s he was very much in- demand and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Judy Dyble: Talking With Strangers

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British vocalist Judy Dyble is one of the founding members of the celebrated folk-rock ensemble Fairport Convention. After leaving the band, she became involved in transitory but critically successful musical endeavors, and eventually retired from the music scene to raise a family. Four decades later she reinvented her career with this album, originally issued throughout Europe ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective: Live in Gettysburg

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Moog synthesizer engineer and performer Erik Norlander continues his plight, melding classic '70s progressive rock stylizations via the wholesome sounds emanating from his arsenal of analog synths and keys. With concurrent DVD/2CD releases including the studio set The Galactic Collective: Definitive Edition (Gonzo Multimedia, 2012), the artist's live experience transfers to disc in luminous splendor on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Atkins/May Project: Serpents Kiss

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Improvisation is an element that spans numerous musical genres. The ability to build an effective improvised storyline relies on an artist's creative spark, technical acumen, and communication skills through the looking glass of art. Here, eminent guitarist and producer Paul May displays an authoritative voice and highly imaginative improvisational skills during his summit with vocalist Al ...