New Music Monday: Buddy Guy, Yes’ Peter Banks, Dumpstaphunk, Five Finger Death Punch, Alan Parsons

This week brings more last recordings from the late Peter Banks, as the original Yes guitarist joins an all-star cast in tribute to Steve Miller, and some funky cool goodness from Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.

Buddy Guy returns with a guest-packed new double album, highlighted by a scorching duet with Beth Hart. There’s also crunchy stuff coming from Five Finger Death Punch, great world jazz from Shan Kenner, and some intriguing new blues from Moreland and Arkbuckle.

As for reissues, we have Alan Parsons, Carcass, Hall and Oates and George Thorogood, among others …

Al StewartZero She Flies; Orange (Pop/Rock)

ALAN PARSONS PROJECT – EYE IN THE SKY (POP/ROCK): Colin Blunstone of Zombies fame sang “Old and Wise,” the first APP track to ever chart in the U.K. Eric Woolfson’s way-before-its-time ode to all-seeing spy technology became the 1982 album’s title track, and went to No. 3 in America. But, alas, this album will forever be known for its opening instrumental, as “Sirius” provided the soundtrack to the Chicago Bulls’ team introductions beginning in the 1990s championship era. Each track would contribute to making this the most recent platinum release from Parsons and Co., following I Robot and then Turn of a Friendly Card. Still, when this album cues up, it’s still hard to find yourself loudly announcing: “From North Carolina — 6’6″ — at guard … MICHAEL! JORDAN!” (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Alex SipiaginFrom Reality and Back (Jazz)
AristocratsCulture Clash (Pop/Rock)
Backstreet BoysIn a World Like This (Pop/Rock)

BUDDY GUY – RHYTHM AND BLUES (BLUES): You can question whether Buddy Guy, at this or any other point, needs help from a series of guest artists like Kid Rock and Aerosmith. But you can never question Guy’s still-sizzling attitude — and, with this double-album format, there’s still plenty of the Louisiana guitar-slinger’s featured work to go around. Pay close attention along the way to the throaty belter Beth Hart, one of the duet choices here that makes perfect sense. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

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CARCASS – HEARTWORK (ROCK/METAL): With the impending release of Surgical Steel, the band’s first new album since 1996, Earache reissues what I believe is Carcass’ finest moment. Heartwork saw a shift from the grind and gore themes of their earlier work to a more refined, thrash-influenced brand of melodic death metal. — Fred Phillips

Chaka Khan and Freddie HubbardEchoes of an Era (R&B)
Chad Lefkowitz-BrownImagery Manifesto (Jazz)
Charles LloydNight in Copenhagen (Jazz)
Dan MooreMisfit Toys (Jazz)
Darden SmithLove Calling (Pop/Rock)

DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES – BIG BAM BOOM (POP/ROCK): OK, confession time. While I was publicly blaring Quiet Riot’s Metal Health, Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil and Dio’s Last in Line, I was also privately spending a lot of time with this cassette. I know it’s among the duo’s worst records, and I haven’t listened to it probably since 1984, but I bet I could still sing along with most of the songs. (More here.) — Fred Phillips

Dionne WarwickThe Complete Warner Bros. Singles; We Need To Go Back: The Unissued Warner Bros. Masters (Pop/Rock)
Earl KlughHandPicked (Jazz)

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN (ROCK/METAL): I’ve never quite known what to think of 5FDP. They’ve got a pretty equal number of songs that I absolutely love and songs that just don’t interest me at all. This album seems to continue along those same lines. — Fred Phillips

Gary BurtonLive in Tokyo (Jazz)

GEORGE THOROGOOD – GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS; MOVE IT ON OVER (BLUES): Arriving in a period of excess on both sides of popular music, be that disco or punk, Thorogood’s self-titled debut for Rounder and its 1979 follow up effort seemed to storm in from an entirely different place. These Delaware bloozers’ frame of reference was neither the Brothers Gibb or the Snot-Nosed Rotten. It was Elmore James, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, but with a serrated, road-house edge. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Harry NilssonThe RCA Albums Collection (Pop/Rock)

HOLLYWOOD ROSE – THE ROOTS OF GUNS ‘N ROSES (ROCK/METAL): Of possible interest to G ‘n R fans, this collection features demos from the earliest version of the band, featuring Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin. Note the original version of “Anything Goes,” which later appeared on Appetite for Destruction. — Fred Phillips

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IVAN NEVILLE’S DUMPSTAPHUNK – DIRTY WORD (R&B): Dumpstaphunk’s Dirty World is a layered delight, just as interesting on a close listen as Ivan Neville shares a sun-filled positivity as it as from the dance floor, where its twin-bass attack provides a thump that could bring down buildings. It’s like the Neville Brothers, with whom Ivan has worked extensively of late, mixed with P-Funk — right down to the crazy-sexy vocal asides from newly acquired ace-in-the-hole drummer Nikki Glaspie. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

John ColtraneOle Coltrane (Jazz)
John ZornDreamachines (Jazz)
Keith JarrettSomewhere Before (Jazz)
Kingston TrioDiscovery Vaults (Folk)
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.Marilyn and Billy; The Two of Us: Expanded Editions (R&B)
Men at WorkBusiness As Usual (Pop/Rock)
Modern Jazz QuartetPlays No Sun in Venice (Jazz)

MORELAND AND ARBUCKLE – 7 CITIES (BLUES): This is their sixth album, the third for Concord Records-affiliated Telarc, and, I’d argue, a new apex for Moreland and Arkbuckle. Not so much in how some of the songs are held together by the Spanish conquistador Coronado and his quest for cities of gold led him near the band’s present day hometown of Wichita, Kansas. Without getting too elaborate about it, it’s just a damn great sounding record. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Nancy HarmsDreams in Apartments (Vocals)
Nancy Wilson and Joe HendersonEchoes of an Era 2: The Concert (Jazz)
Oak Ridge Boys40th Anniversary (Country)
Ornette ColemanFree Jazz (Jazz)

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Patrick CorneliusInfinite Blue (Jazz)
Peaches and HerbRemember (R&B)
Petra - 40th Anniversary (Pop/Rock)
Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines (Pop/Rock)
Roman HollidayCookin on the Roof (Pop/Rock)
Roomful Of Blues45 Live (Blues)
SantanaThe Anthology ’68-69: The Early San Francisco Years (Pop/Rock)

SHAN KENNER – THE BEHAVIOR OF VIBRATION (JAZZ): Kenner’s brand of jazz is generously enhanced by world flavors, especially the Latin tinges, and this self-taught musician, composer, and bandleader shows off his diversity well on this new release. Kenner has an all-acoustic backing, but that doesn’t mean he plays jazz traditionally; the real charm of The Behavior Of Vibration is that in his own quiet way, he bucks against the prescription of mainstream jazz both in how the songs are played and how he writes them. (More here.) — S. Victor Aaron

Sly and the Family StoneThere’s a Riot Goin’ On: Gold Edition (R&B)
Steve StevensAtomic Playboys (Pop/Rock)
Stray CatsGonna Ball; Stray Cats (Pop/Rock)
Uriah HeepOfficial Bootleg 6: Live at the Rock of Ages (Pop/Rock)
Various artistsGoody Goody: Gems from the Reprise Vaults [Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Sinatra, others] (Pop/Jazz)

VARIOUS ARTISTS – FLY LIKE AN EAGLE: AN ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO STEVE MILLER BAND [Peter Banks, Rick Wakeman, Tony Kaye, Colin Moulding, John Wetton, Steve Morse, others] (POP/ROCK): In yet another guest-packed project, this Billy Sherwood-produced tribute finds a special resonance with the inclusion of more final music from Peter Banks. Elsewhere, Sherwood — a member of Yes in the 1990s — catches lightning in a bottle again with appearances by XTC’s Colin Moulding, Asia’s John Wetton, Rainbow’s Joe Lynn Turner, Survivor’s Jimi Jamison, Rod Argent, Nektar and, of course, a series of fellow Yes-related figures — including keyboardists Tony Kaye, Rick Wakeman and Geoff Downes. But it’s the presence of Yes’ late original guitarist that gives Fly Like An Eagle its lasting intrigue. (More here.) — Nick DeRiso

Vince Gill/Paul FranklinBakersfield (Country)

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