Truckfighters is one of those unfortunate bands that is doomed to go through constant and destructive line-up changes, dropping members like flies. Since 2008, Truckfighters has gone through two drummers and a guitarist. Their second drummer left due to an injury and was replaced by their original member who left again very shortly after. The second guitarist Fredo abandoned ship in early 2008 and Truckfighters wall of guitar sound was greatly diminished as a result. Mania is Truckfighter's third studio album and although it is still a great effort by the band (which is now only Ozo and Dango), the lack of a second guitar is quite noticeable.
Micky Moody has worked alongside some of the greatest singers in the business, including Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale, Frankie Miller, Roger Chapman, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe and Graham Bonnet. As a studio musician he has recorded for the likes of Meat Loaf, Sheena Easton, Ben E. King, Mike Oldfield, Gerry Rafferty and many more. So it is of some interest that he has written and produced an album of guitar instrumentals. A definite case of "let the fingers do the talking" (or in this case, the singing!) 'Electric Journeyman' features twelve tracks that capture Moody's rock/blues/funk/jazz influences.
Reunited (partially) in 2006 by the acclaim of their fans, Os Mutantes sound just as vital as they did back in 1968 on Haih…Ou Amortecedor…, their first record together in 30 years. Unfortunately, the original trio is only one-third represented. Specifically, there's no Rita Lee (who was replaced in 2006) and no Arnaldo Baptista (who appeared in the 2006 reunion but decided to continue as a solo act). Still, the band – now a seven-piece – gets songs from Tom Zé and Jorge Ben, as well as the band's prime songwriting linchpin, Sérgio Dias.
Sweden’s leading acoustic trio mark their 20th year together with a studio recording of new tunes. The band and its mostly original repertoire are already legendary among string players all over the world, and Väsen Street will only further their status with its brilliant ensemble interplay and brain-sticking melodies.
They say that reincarnation is making a comeback. If that is so, it has never been more true than in the new CD by the Onesko, Bogert and Ceo Project – aptly called 'Big Electric Cream Jam.' These three blues-rock virtuosos channel the feeling, emotional content, and musical virtuosity of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker, respectively, and, believe it or not, take the music up a notch. Most of all, they capture the live excitement and power of the original trio and do it justice – no mean feat! Overall, the inspired playing on this CD makes one not only appreciate Cream on a deeper level, but establishes Onesko, Bogert and Ceo, three veteran players in their own right, in a category of their own whose musical chops show the wisdom of their years, with a debt, no doubt, to the original trio…
Paidarion is a new group from Finland playing Folk-influenced progressive Rock with gospel-oriented vocals. Some members from the groups Mist Season and Progression have participated in the Paidarion-project. Although Paidarion's music is related to Mist Season, it relies more on rock and ballads. The CD has been mixed by the Finnish Prog Legend, Tommi Liuhala (who ever since the 70's has worked with for ex. Wigwam, Kalevala and Haikara). Hauras Silta-CD contains 12 melodic songs from different situations in life. The music could be described as prog/gospel with country- etc. influences. The instrumental parts of experienced musicians color the vocal parts of Kristina Johnson and Jari Markkula with many kinds of lights and shadows…
A high point of the Moroccan music festival is without doubt the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco. Al Di Meola’s fantastic appearance in 2009 also represented a summit of different cultures and religions – Al Di Meola (guitar), Peo Alfonsi (2nd guitar), Fausto Beccalossi (accordion), Gumbi Ortiz (percussion), Victor Miranda (bass), Peter Kaszas (drums), and with special guests from Morocco, Said Chraibi (oud), Abdellah Meri (violin) and Tarik Ben Ali (percussion). On his third trip to Morocco, the public gave this exceptional guitarist a rousing reception and showed ist openness towards Western music – and Al Di Meola wowed the audience with a special repertoire.