Chicago electric guitarist George Freeman was a quintessential sideman when backing bands led by Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Gene Ammons, and Shirley Scott. This is his debut recording, done in the height of the soul-jazz era circa 1969, featuring his famed brother Von Freeman on tenor sax for four tracks, drummer Billy Mitchell throughout, and either Sonny Burke or Robert Pierce on the Hammond B-3 organ. At times Freeman's sound traces to no single individual source, though it is steeped in Chi-Town blues and a progressive stance that is apart from the Wes Montgomery/George Benson school of the day.
The Pineapple Thief’s 1999 debut album given a 2017 Kscope label reissue under its original name, Abducted At Birth. When the album was first released, the name was changed to Abducting The Unicorn by the label, Cyclops Records, in order to create a connection with the previous band headed by TPT's frontman Bruce Soord - Vulgar Unicorn. Featuring strong melodies and powerful choruses, this early post-Progressive album offers a gripping insight in to Soord's songwriting talent and the birth of one of the UK's leading Progressive bands. Remastered by TPT keyboardist Steve Kitch and available as a CD in digipak with 4-page booklet. The cover and booklet art has been completely updated, using fan submitted photography to explore the theme of Abducted At Birth, to startling effect.
Omar Alfredo Rodríguez-López is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, writer, actor and film director. He is known for being the guitarist and band-leader of The Mars Volta from 2001 until their breakup in 2012, and is currently the guitarist for the alternative rock groups At the Drive-In, Antemasque and Bosnian Rainbows. He was also the bassist for the dub band De Facto. He has embarked on a solo career, both in studio and in concert, frequently described as experimental, avant-garde and/or progressive. He has collaborated with numerous artists spanning from John Frusciante to El-P.