From Capitol Records and Guitar Monkey Entertainment comes this live concert release featuring a set by country Music superstar Keith Urban. Filmed in December of 2004 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles California, Urban unleashes his incredible guitar skills and perfect pitch vocals onto an audience that gives back the same energy Urban exudes onto them. Beginning the show with songs from his most current release, "Be Here," Urban whips the crowd to their feet with, "These Are The Days," "Days Go By," and his current single, "Better Life."…
Paradox Of Choice is a new studio album by Belgian progressive rock band Mindgames. Progrock with refreshing, surprising, big fat chords, heavy tunes and classic arrangements. From melancholy, penetrating sadness to sunlit speed and bombastic outbursts!
Italian band TUGS was formed sometime in the 1970's, but in their initial phase that lasted until the mid 1980's they didn't manage to record any material. Some 20 odd years later Tugs reunited, and work commenced to finalize and record the material they had created when they first started out. Come 2013 and this process was finalized with the release of their debut album "Europa Minor" on the Italian AMS label. One thing that struck me when listening to this album was the frequent use of piano textures, especially on the first ten of the twelve tracks. A detail that generally makes me suspect that many of the compositions started out as piano creations that have later been expanded with arrangements of a more sophisticated nature. If this is the case for this band as well I don't know, but it was a distinct association I got on many of these songs.
If you liked the melodic and harmonic tunes of Traces o'red, this album surpasses all expectations. It sounds spectacular. No synthetic drums and bass. This is the real thing. Traces was also a great album to contain much midi, but this album does it superbly without any computersound. Also a faboluos song from their early days. So this band really deserves great recognition worldwide. Check it out. It is plain and simple geniality.
With stunning acoustic guitar duels, two young men from the south of Germany gathered a loyal following with their brilliant dialogues. Ralf Illenberger from Stuttgart and his partner Martin Kolbe from Herrenberg, were drawn in by the folk and guitar boom that was everywhere in the seventies. In 1977 they got together and developed their style with the first albums “Waves” and “Colouring The Leaves”: they conjured up huge, orchestral sounds, using dynamism and melodies rather than technical blending.
Though the comparison has often been applied to him unfairly, it's fair to say that Scarecrow is to John Cougar Mellencamp what Born in the U.S.A. is to Bruce Springsteen: a hugely popular hit that solidified both his fan base and his critical reputation. The one important difference is that U.S.A.'s message was largely misinterpreted (Ronald Reagan co-opted the title song in a manner that's tragically ironic), while Scarecrow's ode to Mellencamp's native Indiana comes through loud and clear.
While the music for the first ACT album by the great-great-granddaughter of Leo Tolstoy was all specially composed by Esbjörn Svensson, this "beautiful singer with classiness coursing in her blood" (Tonart) has dedicated her latest totally to her home country. MY SWEDISH HEART is an expression of love and a tribute to the great Swedish jazz composers from Lars Gullin to her contemporaries. Sweden developed a particularly active jazz scene before all other European countries, helped by the fact that many American greats didn't just tour in Sweden but also made their homes there. The list is long and impressive: Stan Getz, Art Farmer, Dexter Gordon, Sahib Shihab, Ben Webster, Idrees Sulieman, Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, to name but a few. The musical exchange of these great talents with the local scene resulted in a long list of exceptional local jazz musicians: Lars Gullin, Arne Domnerus, Ake Persson, Rune Gustafsson and Bengt-Arne Wallin. All were accepted as equals by their American friends and peers, even in the 1950s. The album releases from that time bear witness to the high level of musicianship. For her new album Viktoria Tolstoy has immersed herself deeply in Swedish jazz culture and selected a special homage from the large choice available.