‘The Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla,’ released on August 20, 2008, found Emerson fully – and finally – embracing his storied past.
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Whatever the circumstances of his early passing, Ronnie Montrose’s music spoke to larger things — to outer-limits explorations on the guitar, to rafter-rearranging loudness, to fun.
Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes and Marc Bonilla – The Boys Club, Live From California: The Complete Concert (2013)
An intriguing (though, unfortunately, only partial) collaboration, The Boys Club, Live From California: The Complete Concert has certainly taken a circuitous route — having long appeared as a bootleg
‘Everyone would have to leave their guns at the door’: Danny Seraphine broaches idea of reuniting with Chicago
Robert Lamm recently dismissed the idea. Peter Cetera has said he’s not interested in touring like they do. But Danny Seraphine, the long-gone original drummer, would still like to broker a reunion with Chicago.
‘I think it’s really deep’: Danny Seraphine on CTA, getting over Chicago, and carrying the jazz-rock torch
In adding muscular horns to California Transit Authority, Danny Seraphine has fulfilled the promise of one of the best songs on CTA’s hard-grooving new release Sacred Ground: He’s come full circle.
It’s not just that Chicago doesn’t sound like old Chicago anymore. In fact, nobody does. Or, more correctly, nobody did. What’s left of the original band, having now issued just one original album since 1991, has been supplanted.
‘Not a weak spot on it’: Danny Seraphine’s California Transit Authority returns, this time (yes!) with horns
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qK1C_yIglFA&w=500&h=305] California Transit Authority, which boasts a throwback sound to leader Danny Seraphine’s co-founding stint in Chicago, didn’t feature horns at first. But all of that is about to change with its forthcoming new studio effort.
Ronnie Montrose would have been 65 on November 29, 2012, and former musical collaborators like Marc Bonilla say this first birthday without him is going to be particularly hard.
Despite having collaborated with him for years, in some ways Marc Bonilla is still that kid watching as Keith Emerson took the stage in Oakland for 1974’s Brain Salad Surgery tour with Emerson Lake and Palmer.
There is a visceral power in these recordings, as the Keith Emerson Band performs within this orchestral torrent — blending the keyboardist’s long-held passions for rock and classical, finally, in the most complete of ways.