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simakDialog: Demi Masa

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simakDialog's Demi Masa, one of the best releases of 2009, rejuvenates fusion music and takes it to an entirely new level. The soloists are extraordinarily good on this combination of guitars, electric bass guitar, and keyboards with Indonesian kedang percussion, assisted by percussionist/vocalist Emy Tata, singer Mian Tiara and soundscapist Dave Lumenta--but more on this later. ...


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Alex Maguire Sextet: Brewed in Belgium

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Alex Maguire has built an extremely strong reputation as a multi-faceted keyboard player over the past few years. He has, in addition to small band settings like this one, held the keyboard chair in the late drummer Pip Pyle's group Bash! and, after that, participated in a reunion tour of Canterbury legend Hatfield and the North. ...


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Soft Machine: Drop

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Despite significant ambivalence about Soft Machine around the time of this recording, it was the furthest out that the group ever ventured, and its closest approach to free jazz. It also possessed the freest drummer to ever grace a rock group. Australian Phil Howard was, in fact, free by most jazz standards, but by jettisoning the ...


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A Tribute to Brian Davison

Read "A Tribute to Brian Davison" reviewed by Gary Gomes

Brian Davison, a drummer of no small stature, passed away April 15, 2008.Why should you care? Because Davison was one of the most criminally underestimated and unfairly unrecognized musicians to emerge from the UK in the late 1960's.Davison was best known as the drummer with the Nice, Keith Emerson's group ...


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Mitch Mitchell: In Memoriam

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When the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced? initially appeared, all of the attention was focused on the guitarist--understandable, as this was his group, and the guitar sounds were unique extensions of blues, rock and electronics (the latter particularly) that had never made their way to the general record buying audience (greater displays of virtuosity could ...


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Absolute Zero: Never Acquiescent

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It seems unlikely that certain types of music will ever be popular, although there are times when they come close. Rock music has always maintained a coterie of fringe musicians who have maintained their interest in creating a unique musical vision instead of acquiescing to the current style, idiom or fashion. Absolute Zero fit into that ...


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