A previously unreleased trio recording from Pat Martino provides new insight both into his obvious debt to Wes Montgomery and Grant Green — but also how his burning, blinding speed outstripped anything those old masters ever attempted, even as the guitarist opened a door for fusion’s looming ferocity.
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Don Airey, who had a vibrant career of his own prior to Deep Purple, has provided a ringing farewell for his old bandmate Gary Moore — with a final assist from the too-soon-gone guitarist himself.
Slowly at first, and then with a tornadic gush, Brian Eno and Karl Hyde begin this collaborative journey. “The Satellites” begins with an almost imperceptible pulse, then synth and sax tangle and untangle — creating an undulating dissonance, before there emerges from these whispers a canny amalgam of Eno’s ambient ruminations and Hyde’s Underworld electronica.
An enormous leap forward in both focus and experimental verve, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger has released a prismatic explosion of psychedelia, woozy but also cut through with vocal sun shards, called “Moth to a Flame.”
Robert Cray switches producers for his second album in two years for Mascot/Provogue, but keeps the same visceral guitar presence on the advance single “You Move Me.” It’s bright, then serrated — and always right up front — throughout this loping paean to wobbly-kneed passion.
The surprise, really, isn’t how much this sounds like classic-era Joy Division. Electric Litany has made a quick name for itself with its synthy, melancholic etherealism. It’s the presence at the boards of one Alan Parsons. Yes, of Pink Floyd and “Eye in the Sky” fame.
That Jackson Browne, one of the 1970s and ’80s most prolific and recognizable singer-songwriters, hasn’t already had one of these all-out, star-flecked tribute moments boggles the mind, really.
Offered with a rough-hewn, acoustic grace, Damian Joyce’s paean to the Big Apple unfolds with a warm confidentiality. But the beginning? Pure Keith Emerson.
Once the proposed title for the first album from this new iteration of Asia, “Valkyrie” finds John Wetton fashioning an epic tale of struggle and of redemption — something that couldn’t be further away from the compact pop of signature hits like “Heat of the Moment.”
Mike Love has officially released a long-bootlegged song in tribute to George Harrison, who would have been 71 on Tuesday. The Beach Boys frontman calls it “Pisces Brothers,” since he and the late Beatles star shared the same astrological sign.