Bayon was founded in 1971 in the former GDR. The nucleus of the band consists of the two multi-instrumentalist and founding members Christoph Theusner (Guitar, flute, piano, percussion ) and Cambodian musician Sonny Thet (Cello, guitar, percussion) who studied classical music in Weimar and developed an unique style of combining the Khmer-Pentatonic with elements of Classic, Jazz and Rock. Lead by Theusner and Thet the band played with changing members a mixture of Folk, Classic, Jazz and Rock. Between 1977 and 1982 Bayon released four records for the East-German 'Amiga' label. Even so Theusner and Thet concentrated since the 80's on solo projects Bayon continues to exist and released several new records.
Harvey's merger with Tear Gas, a faltering rock band, was the smartest move of his career. With a heady mix of theatrics and driving rock, SAHB quickly made a name for themselves across England, releasing this album along the way. Harvey struts and yowls and gets raunchy (prefiguring the SAHB version of "Delilah") while Zal Cleminson rips up the territory with some astounding guitar work. A great debut and a hell of a rock album.
Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger teams up with acclaimed producer and engineer David Z (Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Ana Popovic) for a soulful slice of Americana on her Eclecto Groove Records debut. Grainger's trademark fiery slide guitar and smooth sultry vocals fondly invites comparisons to American icon Bonnie Raitt on a selection of evocatively handcrafted originals, along with a few choice covers including Robert Johnson's classic C'mon in My Kitchen. Featured musicians include guitarists Josh Sklair and Kirk Fletcher, keyboardist Mike Finnigan, bassist Hutch Hutchinson, as well as drummers James Gadson and Jimi Bott.
England's Orlando Consort, a quartet of male singers augmented as needed by other performers, offers performances of Renaissance vocal music that lie midway between the traditional and the highly individualized modern. Sometimes they veer toward one of those two extremes, but often, as on the present disc, they find a happy medium. Their sound, especially in sacred music, owes much to the English cathedral tradition, but there's a well-honed edge to their one-voice-to-a-part interpretations that brings out the crowds who've recently been drawn to early music. This disc is intended as an introduction to a composer who doesn't always offer easy listening to the modern ear. Netherlander Antoine Busnois, active at the end of the fifteenth century and considered the greatest figure between Dufay and Josquin, wrote music that broke free from elaborate medieval numerology but came in advance of Josquin's perfect marriage of music and text.