he album is a continuation of Bush's multi-layered and multiple musical pursuits and interests. If not her strongest work – a number of songs sound okay without being particularly stellar, especially given Bush's past heights – Red Shoes is still an enjoyable listen with a number of diversions…
Chick Corea's Elektric Band II found bassist John Patitucci, drummer Dave Weckl and guitarist Frank Gambale going out on their own and being replaced by Jimmy Earl, Gary Novak and Mike Miller. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal was the only sideman from the first Elektric Band to stick with Corea. Although the new members are not as distinctive as their predecessors, the high-quality material played on this release (which includes Jimmy Heath's "CTA," "Blue Miles" and a variety of Corea originals) is very jazz-oriented and occasionally there are straightahead sections. This set is recommended even to listeners who have not yet acquired a taste for fusion.
Two of the works on this CD follow the 4 movement Classical era format while the other two show the decided influence of the Italian overture. The Spanish royal court and wealthy noblemen imported a generation of Italian musicians including Domenico Scalatti, Gaetano Brunetti and Luigi Bocherini. These composers inspired the local talent, and this disc highlights the results.
First released on vinyl on their own Blue Beat label back in 1984, the Blue Beat Party album is the definitive 'Aussie' ska album, with Strange Tenants giving their fans what they wanted - up tempo songs to skank to. Full of classic ska tracks, exhibiting their brilliant song-writing and musicianship, the Blue Beat Party album has become an iconic album in the history of Australian ska. Now in digital form, the world has a chance to share the power ska sound that is Strange Tenants.