Post Tagged with: "Progressive Rock"

Quickies: A return to rock with four new releases

by Pico It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled… -Led Zeppelin What can I say, I’ve let a lot of release dates on the mainstream side go by without any mention. And so, it’s catch-up time. Three major acts, plus an act with a major cause. No jazz in sight, just the straight dope on righteous rockRead More

Oz Noy – Schizophrenic (2009)

Oz Noy – Schizophrenic (2009)

by S. Victor Aaron “Guitar virtuoso” for some can conjure up images of lightning fast shredders and gadget-filled guitar pyrotechnics. Some of these guys are pretty amazing technicians, to be sure, but a lot of them forget about applying their ample technique to songs that are any joy to listen to. But Oz Noy is not one of them. Israeli-bornRead More

One Track Mind: Ozric Tentacles, "Armchair Journey" (2006)

One Track Mind: Ozric Tentacles, "Armchair Journey" (2006)

By Pico Sometime early on in the life of this site when I penned my first review of a progressive rock performance, I mentioned something about listening to prog rock perhaps a lot more than I write about it. Since we started up more than three years ago, only 12 posts have fallen in the “proggers” category; this one isRead More

Umphrey's McGee – Mantis (2009)

Umphrey's McGee – Mantis (2009)

photo: Kevin Browning by Pico It’s finally here, folks. Well, besides the Obama Administration, that is. Regardless of your politics, if you’re a fan of Umphrey’s McGee, you know that your day has arrived. Mantis, the first UM album conceived entirely in the studio, hits the streets today. Simply the best improv rock band in the country today and withRead More

The Best of 2008, Part 1: The Mainstream

The Best of 2008, Part 1: The Mainstream

by Pico It’s less than one week to Christmas, ladies and gents. Still trying to figure out what to give your loved one or boss that perfect music gift? Worse yet, you’re born before around 1965 and can’t figure out the Fleet Foxes from Black Diamond Heavies or Kanye West and don’t really care to? You’ve come to the rightRead More

David Gilmour – Live at Gdansk (2008)

Missing in the eternal argument embodied in their 1970s lyric — Which one’s Pink? — was my idea that it was neither Roger Waters nor David Gilmour. Maybe there would have been no Pink Floyd, not really, without Richard Wright. That’s what I hear in “Live at Gdansk” with Gilmour and Wright, recorded in 2006, but issued just days afterRead More

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

Quickies: Shaun Barrowes, Keith Emerson, Lindsey Buckingham, Jay D'Amico Trio

It’s been since the beginning of August since we’ve last done a “Quickies” here, so we’re long overdue for another one. There’s been a bevy of music put out during these last eight weeks that our full-fledged reviews don’t begin to cover, and a lot of it noteworthy. Gosh, I might be back with another “Quickies” next week just toRead More

Brian Eno – Eno Box II: Vocals (1999)

It might be best to take Brian Eno — the electronic mastermind behind some of the most important modern rock albums by the likes of David Bowie, Talking Heads and U2 — in smaller doses than this three-disc set allows. A thinker, a tinkerer, he’s always risked much — not least of which was failure. Still, swallowed whole, “Eno BoxRead More

Quickies: Bennie Maupin, Porcupine Tree, Dewey Redman

by Pico This version of Quickies focuses on new rock and old jazz. One thing they have in common: it’s all good. >Bennie Maupin The Jewel In The Lotus Multi-reedist Bennie Maupin first made his mark contributing that bad-assed bass clarinet to Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew and then joined Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi space-funk fusion group, staying on with Herbie toRead More

One Track Mind: Bruford Levin Upper Extremities, "Cracking The Midnight Glass" (1999)

by S. Victor Aaron From the first two words of this group, you already know that it’s a combo that features King Crimson’s all-everything rhythm section of Bill Bruford (drummer extraordinaire) and Tony Levin (bassist extraordinaire). This side project of theirs produced just a self-titled studio album in 1999 and a live document (BLUE Nights) the following year. In spiteRead More

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