On this compilation of award-winning studio recordings and passionate live performances, guitarist and composer Friedemann takes the listener through that magnificent musical scenery which he has cultivated so expertly over the last three decades. But on the way from the 1980s to 2008 there are also some previously unreleased tracks to be discovered.
Jackie McLean was a hard-bop alto saxophonist with a fiery tight tone, who recorded extensively in the ‘50s and ‘60s mainly with Blue Note Records. Although his forays with an organ was confined to two albums with Jimmy Smith Open House and Plain Talk, Cory Weeds’ decision to use an organ on this session does not stray off the mark. Condition Blue accomplishes the band’s intention, to acknowledge a saxophonist who had an exploratory vision. In a set list of either McLean originals, or compositions associated with him, this tight-knit band delivers the goods in firm, yet flexible style. The key players in this session in addition, to the cooly effective altoist Weeds, are Mike LeDonne, a B-3 player of energetic disposition, and creative guitarist Peter Bernstein. Also along is drummer Joe Farnsworth who is a propulsive player.
The Flood was founded in 1981 in the humid drying room of a Merseburg prefabricated building. Then came the turnaround and the musicians of the band took 27 years to recover from it. Now finally back and back on stage, they present: Chamber Music - lyric poetry by Irish writer James Joyce, refined with melodic rock: salty-peaty like an 18-year-old single malt. James Joyce is not only Ireland's national poet, he is also one of the most important literary figures of modern times. Already in the 1980s The Flood put the works of his book of poems Chamber Music into music and carried them into the world. More than 30 years later, it was time for a complete reworking: With guitar, vocals, flute, saxophone, piano, bass, percussion and recitation The Flood sets a great monument to the great poet James Joyce.
Fleetwood Mac was still primarily a blues band on this, their first album after the departure of founder/nominal leader Peter Green. But the remaining members, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan (plus McVie's wife, Christine, not yet officially part of the group) started broadening the band's use of blues into other contexts, and adding new influences in the absence of Green's laser-like focus…