This one's an interesting collaboration between Aco Bocina (Italian Gypsy guitarist/mandolin master) and Fanfare Ciocărlia (fire-breathing twelve-piece Romani brass party-band from a village called Zece Prăjini).
So the CD is actually under the name of Aco Bocina, with Fanfare listed as "guests".
Guests. Ha. Let me tell you a little about Romani Brass band music. It's energized, wild stuff like you can't believe -- loud, fun, insistent and very, very greasy. Fanfare Ciocărlia is no exception. These Bands usually include trumpets, tenor horns and BIG baritone horns, tubas, clarinets, saxophones, bass drum and percussion. Wikipedia has it that Fanfare Ciocărlia works in "Turkish, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian musical styles" with a bit of international radio, Hollywood and Bollywood in the mix as well. "They are best known for a very fast, high-energy sound, with complex rhythms and high-speed, staccato clarinet, saxophone and trumpet solos, sometimes performed at more than 200 beats per minute. They are also known for using no sheet music in their performances, sometimes randomly blasting their horns and clarinets in the middle of a song, and for playing old, battered instruments onstage."
They were invited to play at Danny Elfman's 50th birthday party. What can I say? I love this stuff.
Aco Bocina, whose name is on the CD, is another kind of Gypsy performer, In the spirit of Paco Lucia or the Gypsy Kings. One review talks about his mandolin playing this way:
"...He plays mandolin turning it upside-down and sliding strings onto the blue jeans. He rubs them onto the right thigh making them whisper, implore, cry, whimper, vibrate, talk, excite, move. He makes music (a lovely music) even so, besides playing in "classic" way (handling the instrument according to the Academy and the tradition) ... He either drives mad young people or is popular among mature audience." (Translated from an Italian site.)
I'm pretty sure this CD would no doubt be snapped up immediately except the cover misses the most astoundingly great thing about it: Fanfare Ciocărlia, for the comparatively photogenic appeal of Mr. Aco Bocina, who's no slouch on the guitar, either.
Give this one a try - hope I convert another listener to Romani Brass band music. Fun stuff! Review Date: 10/30/2011
I like this recording by Jon Sonnenberg. It's acoustic, but not particularly folky.. has both serious-musician attitude and a light heart -- and the I'm a fool for anyone who invents his own musical instruments. A shame there isn't more about this here in the database -- so I'll try to fill in, just a little.
The Forgotten (instrumental)
The Door With 5000 Locks
Everything Lies In Ruins
Freedom Is the Edging to the Garden On the Right
World of the Future
Your Side of the Mask
One source online says, "For more than a decade, Jon Sonnenberg (member of Travelogue and more) has charmed listeners with his ability to blend intricate sounds and textures with pleasant melodies. Whether creating sounds electronically, electrically, or acoustically, the layers and quality of Sonnenberg's work enables one's imagination to see beyond the confines of commercial music. His new album, Acoustic Selections, features reconfigured and rerecorded versions of his previous electronic "greatest hits." Some of the 27 instruments that Sonnenberg plays on his album he made himself...."
Have a listen! It's up on Amazon and elsewhere. Original stuff with an acoustic heart.
A quote sets the tone for this ambitious, poetic work:
"...from Cook to Caedmon tides regulate things at Whitby. The ordinary octaves of people and their lives, all flows with the music of the Place, the Sea and its Tides. In the Georgian Drawing room that is England, Whitby is the Angel on the Mantlepiece."
Charles O'Connor's rich, nuanced Resolution Suite, "Angel on the Mantlepiece" describes a time, a place and a mood as rich with tradition as it is lively and contemporary. This music of the British Isles is very much out of the ordinary.
Ocean of Storms
Concertina • Bing Pipe Organ • String Section
Concertina • String Section • Piano
The Grand Tour
Piano • Accordion • Mandolin Section • Ukelele • Drums • Acoustic Bass • Percussion
When the Long Trick's Over
Concertina • Ukelele
Concertina • Violin • Harpsichord • Melodeon • Ocarina • Percussion
Ocean of Storms
Concertina • String Section
Concertina • Melodeon • Violins Mandolin • Kalimba • Percussion Harpsichord • Guitar • Jews Harp
Guitars • Ukelele • Acoustic Bass • Drums • Pipe Organ • Percussion • Accordion • Ocarina
Grand Piano on: Skinners Treat • In Your Own Time • Comes a Calm • Chocolate Cats • The Grand Tour
Melodeon on: Skinners Treat , Accordion on: Bottom Buttons • Angel on the Mandepiece • The Grand Tour
Read more at http://www.horslips.ie/charles/AngelWeb.html Review Date: 3/5/2017
"A full length CD of ambient chillout beats; an 11 song journey through the depths of Chushen & Cugin's electronic rhythms. This unique collection of tracks is a fully mixed spectrum of music, embracing the sounds of acts like FSOL, Banco De Gaia, and Pink Floyd."
from the LaLaLand label website http://www.lalaland.cc/ (see https://web.archive.org/web/20030621164641/http://www.lalaland.cc/)
"Nelson Martin (aka Chushen) and Bill Grasso (aka Cugin) grew up in the dance-heavy music scene of early '90s Orlando, FL, a place where DJs were outnumbered only by tourists in mouse ears. Already avid record collectors and all-around studio scientists, Chushen and Cugin began performing at local events around the Sunshine State in 1997 and soon became a staple at local clubs and parties there. The duo's DJ sets and live performances are truly a must for the serious electronic music fan and are known to set both mind and body into a state of perpetual motion. Animism, their first full length, combines elements of breakbeat, ambient, downtempo, and electro into funky psychedelic soundscape aimed straight for the cerebellum. Chushen and Cugin's tracks have much in common with the likes of The Future Sound Of London and Irresistable Force, sounding more like natural occurrences then controlled experiments. Offering a convincing argument for the "all natural phenomena posses a living soul" debate, Animism features plenty of good vibes."
reviewed by Mat Mahoney, on Epitonic website, last updated:11/26/02 (see https://web.archive.org/web/20030627114518/http://www.epitonic.com/artists/chushenandcugin.html)
2. The Righteous Life
6. The Sutra
7. Primitive Animism
9. The Bodhi Tree
10. Lots of Friends
Antarctica, a recording by Ian Tamblyn is described as "Musical exploration of Antarctica; includes sounds of Weedell seals, Emperor and Adelie penguins, and Arebus ice cave". It is a blend of gentle, acoustic music (instrumental) and site-recorded natural sounds.
Tamblyn notes, "I composed this CD after spending some time at McMurdo Base in Antarctica where I was diving under the ice with a group [of] scientists who invited me there. I recorded nearly everything I could while travelling around Ross Island environs.
When I returned home I started integrating these sounds with the musical impressions . It took me several years to complete the project."
Tamblyn has recorded at least five other albums in Folk style, including "Angel's Share", "Raincoast", "Voice in the Wilderness", "The Body Needs to Travel", and "Superior:Spirit and LIght". His CDs (and samples of his music) are available via CDBaby.
Musicians - Guitar: Scott Garcia, Flute: Caroline Chan, Piano & Keyboards: Kavin Hoo. Composer is Kavin Hoo. â€¨â€¨
Far from being just another swirly New Age generic, this CD has really stuck with me as something I come back to and like for the music itself. Because I've enjoyed it so much, I thought it was a shame that no credits were offered for it, as if no one but the label had anything to do with it, so I went out looking for something to tell me who was behind it.
Kavin Hoo is a pianist, born in Malaysia, and a Berklee School of Music graduate who runs his own studio. He works with musicians in Asia and here to produce highly polished "smooth jazz" records from his own music studio, but this recording is would not be described that way. Most of the tracks are contemplative and gentle with a kind of underlying energy that is not based on rhythm, but balance. Melodically, it is keyboard based, but the sounds range from traditional, very melodic, song-like pieces to electronically treated tones that sound like gongs or bird-like whistles. One piece has a very different feel, with an acoustic guitar that sounds lifted directly from a folk-rock record.
I never knew this until I tracked down the origins of this recordking, but apparently, the album is "built" in several pieces, intended to lead the listener into a state of focused concentration. Here is what the "Lifescapes" catalog has to say about it. Take with a generous helping of salt: I thought the CD was remarkably nice on its own terms, and I'd like to find other music by Kavin Hoo, "scientific" or not.... Enjoy!
"Hidden within this beautiful music are rhythm and harmonic structures designed to increase mental focus and improve memory retention...."
""Art of Concentration" is a CD designed to help increase mental focus and improve memory retention. Using the theory of Pyschoacoustics, Binaural Beats and FFR (frequency-following response), the CD empowers the listener to study, read or work more efficiently instead of harder. This is done by tapping into the subconscious mind to generate brainwaves that boosts your metal health being and creative states. Created by the acclaimed producer of "Pure Relaxation", the "Art of Concentration" also showcases his signature new-age arrangements and provides a beautiful musical backdrop to the scientific nature of the CD."â€¨â€¨
1. Convergenceâ€¨2. Clouds of Seedâ€¨â€¨3. Whispering Thoughtsâ€¨ â€¨4. Timelessâ€¨â€¨
- Utilizing Beta brainwaves. This 18+ minute segment may be used for any activities that require increased mental awareness and focus. Beta brainwaves reduces the amount of mindless "mind chatter" and can enhance the effectiveness of such activities like studying, working or exercising / dieting.â€¨â€¨
â€¨5. Consciousnessâ€¨â€¨6. Unspokenâ€¨â€¨7. Galatea's Loveâ€¨â€¨
- Utilizing Alpha and Beta brainwaves. By adding higher frequency Alpha brainwaves, this 15+ minute segment puts you in a relaxed yet focused state that aids in problem solving and increases memory retention. â€¨â€¨
â€¨8. Metamorphosisâ€¨â€¨9. Regenerationâ€¨â€¨10. Embraceâ€¨â€¨â€¨â€¨- Utilizing Alpha and Theta brainwaves. According to researchers, Theta brainwaves are associated with creativity and a state of deep relaxation with high receptivity for new experiences and learning. Listening to this 17+ minute segment will rejuvenate your mind and help unblock mental barriers. Perfect for brain storming sessions, learning new languages or breaking bad habits.â€¨â€¨You may listen to each track separately or as a whole. Listening from track 5 to 10 at night may also lead to deeper sleep and greater relaxation.â€¨" Review Date: 4/19/2009
SADS is a band of Kiyoharu (Kiyoharu, member of the Visual Kei group Kuroyume/黒夢), Sakashita, Masarou and Eji that plays a pretty straight blend of post-punk, grunge and glam rock influenced music. Kiyoharu still maintains his eclectic vocal approach, however, which gives their sound a nicely unique flavor despite being a bit more conventional in overall style.
Here we have the Glorious Mr. Rutter and the luminous voices of the Choir of New College, Oxford to give light to his works and those of others. Here is some further information about this disc:
John Rutter (Conductor), Charles Villiers Stanford (Orchestra), Edward Higginbottom (Artist), Charles Gounod (Artist), Edvard Grieg (Artist), Gerald Finzi (Artist), Alexander Tikhonovich Grechaninov (Artist), Sir Henry Walford Davies (Artist), Sergey Rachmaninov (Artist), John Tavener (Artist), John Taverner (Artist), Claudio Monteverdi (Artist), Gioachino Rossini (Artist), Olivier Messiaen (Artist), Arvo Part (Artist), Edgar Leslie Bainton (Artist), Helen Tunstall (Artist), Edward Higgenbottom (Artist), Choir Of New College Oxford (Artist)
1.What Sweeter Music
Composed by John Rutter
2.The Blue Bird
Composed by Charles Villiers Stanford
3.Te lucis ante terminum (after Casal's Song of the Birds)
Composed by Edward Higginbottom
with Helen Tunstall
4.Crux fidelis (after Handel's Ombra mai fu)
Composed by Edward Higginbottom
with Helen Tunstall
5.Ave Maria, for voice & piano (or other vocal arrangements; after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
Composed by Charles Gounod
with Helen Tunstall
6.Ave Maris Stella, for double chorus
Composed by Edvard Grieg
7.Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice for chorus & organ (or orchestra), Op 26 Amen
Composed by Gerald Finzi
8.Second Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 29 Veruyu (Creed)
Composed by Alexander Tikhonovich Grechaninov
9.God Be in My Head
Composed by Sir Henry Walford Davies
10.Lugebat David (after Faure's Pavane, Op. 50)
Composed by Edward Higginbottom
11.Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37 Nyne otpushchayeshi (Lord now lettest thou)
Composed by Sergey Rachmaninov
12.Beati Quorum Via, Op. 38/3
Composed by Charles Villiers Stanford
13.Song for Athene, for chorus
Composed by John Tavener
14.Vespers (All-Night Vigil), for alto, tenor & chorus, Op. 37 Blazhen muzh (Blessed is the man)
Composed by Sergey Rachmaninov
15.Mater Christi, antiphon for 5 voices
Composed by John Taverner
16.Ave maris stella, for soprano, tenor & chorus (from Vespro della Beata Vergine), SV 206/12
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
Performed by Capricorn [ensemble]
17.O salutaris hostia, for mixed voices
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
18.O sacrum convivium!, for voices, I/18
Composed by Olivier Messiaen
19.Magnificat Antiphones (7), for chorus O Weisheit
Composed by Arvo Part
20.And I Saw a New Heaven, anthem for chorus & organ
Composed by Edgar Leslie Bainton Review Date: 10/14/2008
Safam, the Boston based six-man band, has dominated Jewish music in America with their "Jewish-American Sound" since 1974. Often copied, never duplicated, they are originals -- original music, original lyrics, original arrangements -- their songs have become a fabric of our Jewish lives. Songs like Leaving Mother Russia, Amnesty, Just Another Foreigner, Moranno and Nachamu Ami by group composers Joel Sussman and Robbie Solomon have become classics and have kept Safam at the forefront of the Jewish music scene.
Safam's music covers the wide breadth of American musical styles while maintaining a decidedly Jewish flavor. They use many settings -- whether it be Rock & Roll, Pop, Folk, Latin, Chassidic or Cantorial -- to create their tapestry of music. Safam's eclectic approach to its music has enabled it to reach out to Jews of all ages and denominations. With ten original recordings, a double Chanukah & Passover CD, and their Greatest Hits Collections, Safam has already earned a vital place in mainstream Jewish-American culture.
Safam is renowned not only for its highly regarded recordings, but is equally acclaimed for its inspirational and entertaining concerts. Typically, Safam performs for fundraisers, cultural events and conventions sponsored by synagogues, Jewish Federations, schools, youth groups and national Jewish organizations. Through its music, humor, passion and sensitivity, Safam instills in its audiences a sense of pride about being Jewish in America.
Safam audiences range in age from nine months to ninety years -- a testament to the diversity of style and content Safam presents. Laughter and tears -- singing and dancing -- nostalgia and hope are among the whirlwind of emotional reactions that one experiences during a Safam concert. Review Date: 12/23/2011
Artwork – Michael Motley (2)
Edited By [Digital Editing] – Kevin Campbell (2)
Executive-Producer – Jonathan Scheuer
Producer – Steve Peters, Tom Guralnick
Recorded By [Digital Recording] – Steve Peters
Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Electronics – Tom Guralnick
Recorded January 25-27, 1994 at The Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque.
"These live improvisations were performed on tenor and soprano saxophones modified with homemade mutes and electronic processing, and augmented with invented and appropriated wind instruments. These various elements are assembled within a sculptured construction which come to be known fondly as the 'Mobile Saxophone & Mute Unit,' the structure of which allows the performer easy access to the many components while encouraging lively physical movement within its boundaries."
A Perfect Evening for Flying Carpets - Kevin Braheny/Tim Clark
Mothers of Rain - Tangerine Dream
Drive - Patrick O'Hearn
Silence of the Eclipse - Christopher Franke
Night Fire Dance - Andreas Vollenweider
Angels of Dawn - Dik Darnell/Bryan Savage
Inner Sanctum - Mars Lasar
Journey of the Warrior Soul - Steve McDonald
Galactic Chalice, The - Constance Demby
Silver Ball, The - Harold Budd/Brian Eno
Mystery Road - Jonn Serrie Review Date: 8/9/2015
A lovely Windham Hill sampler, with -- as has been noted -- apparently nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas.
Points to the label for the major marketing-ploy that cost nothing but a snowy picture and the word "Christmas" in the title, but let's lay that aside for the moment. There's no denying this is a beautiful record, produced by no less than Michael O Domhnaill himself. The credentials are impeccible here, and the music is authentic -- though not "traditional", full of warmth and delicately rendered. The mood is gentle, here.
So ignore the title if you're imagining the worst (pennywhistle renditions of O Little Town of Bethlehem? no) and just enjoy it for the serenity in the music: after all, you'll be enjoying Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill's beautiful voice, James Galway's flute, the close harmonies of Nightnoise and more in the same gentle mood besides.
Or hold it for December anyhow: this record could very easily become entwined with your own traditions, even if there isn't a Christmas Carol in sight, here. Very well worth having for the beauty of the music and the mood of Ireland -- recommended.
"[David] Greenberger is a musician – former bassist in the Boston-based Men & Volts – intimately aware of the power of music. And over the years, he’s created an amazing collection of spoken-word projects – including collaborations with Los Lobos, NRBQ’s Terry Adams, John Sebastian, members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, 3 Leg Torso and the Shaking Ray Levis.
He doesn’t play an instrument on the CDs, though. He doesn’t sing. He doesn’t write the material.
He simply speaks. Reciting the words of others that he’s collected in interviews over the years, allowing his voice to be heard as the voice of the hundreds of everyday elderly people who we somehow never get a chance to hear.
The tales that he tells are in equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, and it takes a very empathetic, versatile batch of musicians to find the proper musical balance to match the stories.
Milwaukee music scene veteran Paul Cebar and his band of fellow Milwaukeeans play jump blues, jazz and R&B. And it just so happened that last year, Greenberger found himself as the artist in residence under the auspices of the Center on Aging and Community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The collaboration is sublime.
The music swings and clatters and echoes deep in the recesses of the mind of the listener, reinforcing anecdotes and stories pulled into the light and set in front of the microphone, often for the very first time.
A really nice recording by the very wonderful Kavin Hoo -- ordinarily a solo pianist, but in this case, the arranger for an entire array of beautiful and spare pieces with a kind of Chinese feel about them. Traditional instruments are involved. Lovely music, much better than average.
Be aware, however, that the tracks here are exactly the same as the Lifescapes title, "Just Relax Orient", UPC 797307107722. Review Date: 9/6/2016
Classical compilation from Pilz Vienna Masters series
1) Danzi Symphony D minor op. 24 Allegro vivo
2) Haydn Symphony No. 94 'Surprise' Andante
3) Mozart Rondo 'Alla Turca' A major KV 331/3
4) Beethoven Septett E flat major op. 20 Thema con variazioni
5) Schubert Moment music f minor: Air russe
6) Beethoven Symphony 7A major op. 92 Allegretto
7) Schubert: Walzer op. 9 a.
8) Mozart: Andante fur Flute and Orchestra C-Dur KV 315
9) Mendelssohn Bartholdy Venezian, Gondellied A minor op. 62, 52
10) Brahms: Symphony D major op. 73 Allegro con spirito
11) Wagner: Lohengrin - Wedding March
1) Sinding: Fruhlingsrauschen op. 32
2) Gustav Holst The Planets - Venus
3) Liszt Valse oubiliee No. 1
4) Brahms Rosemary
5) Grieg: Ballade G minor op. 24
6) Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 Allegro scherzando
7) Schumann Symphonic Etudes op. 13 - Finale
8) Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra Review Date: 6/19/2011
Here's an accurate tracklisting for this two-disc set, UPC 607618025021
All Ones And Zeros
The Simple Solution
Song for Elizabeth
Musik der Frühen Jahre
So Far Gone
High Times And Low Lives
This Aint Happiness
All Ones And Zeros (Demo)
A Little More Drones
Don't Ever Change The Way You Feel
An Introduction To The Ambient Sounds Of The Early Years
All Ones And Zeros (Video)
All Ones And Zeros (Video)
So Far Gone (Video) Review Date: 1/26/2016
2002. CHRIS MURPHY and PONTICELLO'S tribute to 1940s jazz, blues, and gypsy music. "The Escape Artist" is jazz, swing, ragtime, gypsy, and klezmer music meet at a speakeasy for an after-hours party. 10 original swinging numbers! Ponticello"Violin , bass, and drums form the core of this unorthodox LA-based trio..... the band's wildly diverse repertoire, ranging from spaghetti western, gypsy and klezmer tune to dark and brooding compositions is somewhere along the lines of Dirty Three - and practically everything in between." -- 9/3/03 Willamette Week
Ponticello: Chris Murphy (guitar, mandolin, violin); Ted Kamp (guitar, trumpet, bass); Michael Partlow (drums).
1 Nobody Knows Nobody
2 Escape Artist
3 Woman on My Mind S
4 Find a Way
5 Call It Quits
6 This Part Of Town
7 Shooting Star
8 Amaretto Waltz
9 Two Guitars
10 Too Dark to See
The Brothers Cazimero have played together for more than 25 years. Theirs is a soothing, laid-back Hawaiian style, for at leaset 36 albums: 20 of these are on the Mountain Apple label.
The Cazimeros have been honored with 25 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, and "Some Call It Aloha...Don't Tell" was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album. In 2006, they were inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame.
Their phenomenally popular 1976 and 1977 albums (The Brothers Cazimero, Music of Polynesia and The Brothers Cazimero vol. II, Music of Polynesia) were reissued in 1992 as a single disc, on Mountain Apple. Review Date: 2/20/2017
The Fishbox Collection (a compilation):
Mercury – 512 407-2
Alternative Rock, New Wave, Indie Rock
1 Siouxsie & The Banshees – The Passenger 5:09
2 Mission, The – Deliverance 6:00
3 Jingo De Lunch – The Crawl 4:52
4 Danzig – Long Way Back From Hell 4:33
5 Fall, The – White Lightning 2:10
6 Phillip Boa & The Voodooclub – Container Love 3:51
7 Yello – Bostich (New Life Mix) 3:59
8 12 Drummers Drumming* – Suicide Summer 4:52
9 Ocean Colour Scene – Sway 3:42
10 House Of Love, The – Shine On 3:58
11 Catherine Wheel – Black Metallic 7:18
12 All About Eve – The Dreamer 3:52
13 Rausch – Walk On Water 4:02
14 Tears For Fears – Mad World 3:27
15 Boomtown Rats* – I Don't Like Mondays 4:20
16 Nina Hagen – Ruler Of My Heart 3:56
Five works by Cuban composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia.
"...the five pieces collected on this CD may come across as rather minimalist at first listen, but in fact they are both complex and sensuously lovely, even when their harmonic movement is gradual and the gradations of movement are subtle.
This album opens with the title work, which is scored for a traditional ensemble of guitar plus string quartet, but uses battuto and plucked harmonics to produce highly unusual and deeply beautiful sounds. The other works are not quite as gripping; the piece for double bass and tape and the one for saxophone and tape are both more interesting conceptually than sonically, but "Timbres Artificiales," for solo guitar, uses scordatura in a way that is both surprisingly and conventionally lovely.
The album ends with a live performance of an orchestral work titled "Vedute Sonore da Bellagio," which is well performed under less than ideal circumstances. This is not a perfect album, but it's certainly an impressive one, and leaves the listener looking forward to the next collection of pieces by this composer."
About the composer:
Emigrated to Miami, Florida, 1961; then to Maryland. Doctorate in composition from University of Miami where he studied with Dennis Kam. Studied privately with David Del Tredici, John Corigliano and Morton Feldman. President and Founder of the South Florida Composers Alliance. Director of the New Music Ensemble and the Electronic Music Studio at the State University of Florida.
Alpha Wave Movement-Lucid Recollection Of An Aquamarine
B So glObal-Those Little Blue Galaxies Again
Bad Data-Deep Freeze
Lightwave-Infinite Vs. Unfinished
Michel Redolfi-Immersion Totale
Mushroom Nation-Helsinki (Pancake Mix)
23 Degrees-The End Of New Beginnings
You don't need to have seen 2002's "Frontier House" to find this music absolutely beautiful. Composed by Edward Bilious and featuring the solo acoustic guitar-work of Kristoffer Ricat, Frontier House's music stands alone quite nicely, with a timeless acoustic fresh-air sweetness that it's hard to imagine any other early-21st century "reality show" would have offered.
Does knowing the premise help? Three modern families try to live in Montana Territory as if it were 1883. The music doesn't need to capture any of the conflict inherent in the set-up, and nothing "modern" intrudes here. This is the beauty of the soundtrack: were it not for the show, "Frontier House" would still work beautifully as a gentle, mountain-grown set featuring classical and steel-string guitar, fiddles, harmonica, autoharp and dobro. Full-diclosure: you will hear a bit of the old faux-19th-century synth-keyboards, but they don't take much away from the rest.
A very nice recording, overall. And -- for what it's worth, I've never seen "Frontier House" either, but I liked the music! Review Date: 3/31/2017
Sweet, sweet, fresh, cool music. No need to make assumptions about what's inside, based on the cover or the title -- what you get here is smooth, gorgeous music with just an edge of jazz to it. Powerful, urgent percussion (think funky bass and dark, low drums) plus cool electonics and looped, muted trumpets plus a touch of Japanese beauty. Very easy on the ears, in the very best way.
"Kurt Riemann's latest work is a musical homage to the planet, seen as a living being who "...is all around us, giving and sustaining life...always maintaining the balance necessary for the survival of her creatures." The 14 short tracks are like musical snapshots of different geographical areas and aspects of the planetary process.
From the gradual unfoldment of the opener "Dawn" to the elegaic final track "Apotheosis," we are led through spaces that are by turns beautiful, murky, powerful, and serene. Kurt Riemann's background in classical music is everywhere evident, as he skillfully orchestrates each piece, many of them so full of subtle details and structural developments that it is hard to believe they are only three or four minutes long.
World music touches abound, as on the visionary "The Dreaming," where the trance-like drone of the dijeridoo summons us into another dimension, or on "Bali/Cicada" with its galloping gamelan rhythms. "Mind in the Waves" features gradual piano crescendos that climax in a wash of breaking waves, while "Dance" explores complex disjointed rhythms, with crashing gongs, stinging sequencer patterns, and Middle Eastern melodic fragments.
The centerpiece of the album is "Arctic Light: Spring, Summer, Autumn," a space music tour-de-force, resplendent with shimmering synthesizer flurries, modulated drones, and starry sound effects. Elsewhere, looming cellos, swooning violins, thundering tympani and delicate bells add to the melange of moods and atmospheres, fleshing out the picture of the "larger nature" that connects all the creatures of the planet. Gaia is not easy-listening background music, but is a mature multi-faceted work full of treasures for those willing to give it their attention."
(Allmusic) Review Date: 8/12/2017
How many compilations feature not one but TWO tracks by Screamin' Lord Sutch?! I ask you.
Wild Thing:The Troggs
Run for Your Life: Eric Burdon
The Stroll: The Diamonds
Young Blood: The Coasters
Chantilly Lace: Tommy Bruce
Spooky: Dennis Yost
See You Later, Alligator: Bill Haley
Monster Rock: Screaming Lord Sutch
Out of Limits: The Marketts
Rock and Shock: Screaming Lord Sutch
Just to clarify -- as an Amazon reviewer explained it:
There is another audio cd titled Guitar By the Sea by NatureQuest that is sometimes confused with this cd. The NatureQuest cd contains "15 tracks, this cd has 9 tracks. The cd is very soothing, with gentle guitar strings playing against the soft background of ocean waves..."
A very nice recording.
On Majestic Moods; Sunshine Mountain Productions. From 1998. Review Date: 8/18/2017
1. Prologue (1:05)
2. Samarkand (5:24)
3. For Love (3:42)
4. Himalayan Cedar (4:39)
5. Lago Titicaca (4:36)
6. Apple Tree (4:28)
7. Dream of Bhutan (3:27)
8. Rainbow (3:23)
Sojiro is known for playing the ceramic ocarina. He was born in Tatebayashi city, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. He heard this instrument for the first time in 1975 and released this album in 1988. The music on this CD has a clean, simple sound, squarely in first wave of "New Age" and features the pure sound of the little flute-like instrument masterfully played, backed by synthesizers. His other albums include “Ayumi”, “Orion”, “The Quiet Earth”, and a series called “Ocarina Etude”. Review Date: 11/24/2010
Ashley Paul is a performer and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation. Her solo albums have received high praise being chosen in Wire Magazine "Top 50 Releases of 2013, Pitchfork "Best Experimental sounds of 2013", first on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore's "Tongue Top Ten" in Arthur Magazine and included on NPR's All Songs Considered "Best of 2010". She has been interviewed or featured in Wire Magazine, BOMB, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Spex, The Sound Projector and Foxy Digitalis.
For more information and reviews: http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec413-0 Review Date: 10/1/2017
1. Full Circle
2. I Think I Love You Too Much
3. I Can't Get My Hands on You
4. How Long Can a Man Be Strong
5. Let It All Go
6. Hell to Pay
7. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
8. Something to Hold on To
9. How Much
10. Highway of Dreams
11. Life Beyond the Sky Review Date: 5/10/2013
Crystal-beautiful classical guitar music on Philips label, and if I read the booklet correctly, the performers are The Romeros. The content reads like a serious best-loved list of classical guitar compositions in the Spanish tradition, and the Bizet "Carmen" suite is not to be missed. If you know The Romeros, you will appreciate this arrangement, a complex all-guitar ensemble, actually conveying the entire orchestral music of Bizet's opera. Wonderful
This has to be an early entry in the then-new "Compact Disc" technology because the CD title does not really reflect anything about the classical-guitar content, but does include an array of Audio Test Signals for the "high tech" audiophile. Note also the urgently dramatic soound of Flamenco dance by Paco Romero.
A beautiful, carefully made "audiophile" recoding, probably from 1990. Very worthwhile.
1. Carmen: Suite no 1 (Bizet)
2. Op. 37: no 5, Andaluza Danzas (12) espańolas for Piano (Granados)
3. Op. 165 "Espańa": no 2, Tango Hojas de album (6)
4. Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] Cantos de Espańa (Anonymous)
5. Jeux interdits: Romance (Albeniz)
6. Op. 71: no 8, Rumores de la caleta Recuerdos de Viaje (Celedonia Romero)
7. Malagueńa (Tarrega)
8. Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Albeniz)
9. Op. 47: no 3, Sevilla Suite espańola (de Falla)
10. La vida breve: Spanish Dance no 1 (Villa-Lobos)
11. W 20: no 2, Schottish Chro Suite populaire brsilienne
12. [Flamenco] Soleares
13. [Flamenco] Zapateado (includes the sound of Flamenco dance by Paco Romero)
14.-29. Audio Test Signals
Playing Time: 76 min.
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording Mode: Stereo
SPAR Code: DDD Review Date: 9/24/2016
South California Purple
25 or 6 to 44
Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?
I'm a Man
Jimmy Miller / Steve Winwood6
Questions 67 & 68
Medley: I'm a Man/25 or 6 to 4/Beginnings Review Date: 4/30/2017
"Brand new full length from Miminokoto. Highly recommended for fans of Tokyo-Underground, classic era PSF and contemporary Japanese outfits such as LSD March and Suishou No Fune. Featuring members of Acid Mothers Temple, Overhang Party & Che-Shizu.
Seven tracks, recorded at Peace Music by Nakamura Souichiro in late 2010, including an amazing cover of the late Jutok Kaneko's (Kosokuya) Milky Light. Get deep into the decadent death doom of Miminokoto."
The musican here is English singer/songwriter Kennedy Greenrod, aka the Thin Man. This is a warm, earthy record, with witty, surprising lyrics set against a kind of rowdy, raunchy, crunchy carny-sideshow sound that made me think of No Smoking Orchestra. The singer's vocal style is perfect for the clever lyrics: he offers them up in a dry, almost laconic delivery that has some of the stretchy twang of Mick Jagger, but is delivered about an octave lower. I have to like the real-instruments lineup backing him up, too. Again, this is more like an Eastern European bar band with some punk rowdyness, featuring woozy horns, a banjo, a concertina, and maybe even a cello in there to class things up a bit.
I read a review that offered a few references to get you in the right wheelhouse for this record. The review mentions "Transylvanian tin pan alley" (check) and "Rain Dogs era Tom Waits"(yep) and says this: "[H.M.S. Mondegreen] glows with the warmth of near-drunk musicians gathered around a gypsy campfire, and the fact that it feels as accessible to the weary traveler as it does a twelve-toed carny makes it that much more unique." Yes and yes. Enjoyable, smart, upbeat and highly unusual. Review Date: 12/16/2016
What a voice! Smoky and lean and feral, with a quality like coarse-ground coffee over a campfire.
Brothers Lorenzo, Paco, and Juan Antonio Salazar are part of a Spanish Gypsy family that also includes flamenco singer Porrina de Badajoz (their uncle) and members of the hit female Latin pop duo Azucar Moreno (their cousins), according to AllMusic, and they've invited in Jose Miguel and Antonio Carmona (both of Ketama fame) and guitarist Gerardo Nunez as well. While this isn't a recording for flamenco purists, that strong coffee quality goes very well with the slinky soft cream that winds through this recording: elements of Latin pop and salsa give this record a contemporary feel. But ohhhh that voice. That voice. AllMusic says "Highly recommended". Try it.
"This double CD was released in 1998 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Horizon Music. The album contains rare and previously unreleased tracks by 13 innovative contemporary instrumentalists. Artists such as Christopher Franke of Babylon 5 fame, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Johannes Schmoelling, Lightwave, Conrad Schnitzler, Klaus Krüger and Michael Hoenig contributed music to Infinite Horizons."
Fan review: "An excellent compilation album of electronic music with hints of Techno and ambient. The whole history of electronica and Krautrock is covered in this collection, in some sense. There are so many wonderful sound explorations on this set.
Lightwave's 'Martian Cycles' is an excellent live performance, proving electronica does 'work' in a live context. Star Sounds Orchestra's 'Anakant' is much closer to what 31st century outer space dance music will be than 100 George Lucas bar scenes."
(learn more here: http://www.groove.nl/cd/5/53379.html)
Christopher Franke - Metaphonic Chronicles
Star Sounds Orchestra - Anakant
Roedelius - Excerpt From Sinfonia Contempora Nr. III
Lightwave - The Lowell's Vision (live)
Klaus Kruger - Gumbo 94
Klaus Kruger - Syndrum 2E
Keller & Schonwalder - Teutonisches Wüten (live)
Conrad Schnitzler - 00/109-12
Propeller Island - One Idea Gives A Thousand Thoughts
Michael Hoenig - The Vertical Rotating Horizon (live)
Conrad Schnitzler - 00/110-6
Jörg Thomasius - Sitarius Afi III
Lightwave - Martian Cycles (live)
Johannes Schmoelling - Lamentation Of An Ancient Tree
Namlook & Rob Gordon - She Ship
Conrad Schnitzler - 00/110-8
Klaus Kruger - 11x17
Jolliffe & Jolliffe - Live At The Bell Review Date: 6/25/2017
It's PowerPop Geek Heaven! International Pop Overthrow festivals feature between 25-180 of the best pop bands from around the world, in fast, energized 30 minute sets. Nothing like it -- pure fun and sharp lyrics from bands from around the world and hordes of powerpop fans loving every minute.
Got to love the reviews: The SF IPO offered up "your RDA recommended allotment of procrastination, self-indulgence and low self esteem...catchy melodies, grinding guitars, and fluffy billows of lush harmony"! Limited edition, on on THREE discs.
Read about the bands from IPO 17 in SF: http://internationalpopoverthrow.com/artists/ipo-2014-artists/ipo-san-francisco-2014/
Read about International Pop Overthrow festivals: http://internationalpopoverthrow.com.
See the comprehensive tracklisting for all three discs: http://popgeek.highwire.com/product/va-international-pop-overthrow-volume-17-2014-3-cd-set
Straight ahead original jazz tunes performed by a quartet that includes piano, bass, drums, and saxophone, featuring features Eddie Marshall on drums, Terry Miller on bass, and Larry Schneider on alto and tenor saxophones. Release Date: 1992
1. Another First Year 5:09
2. Barkadiddy's Bagatelle 3:49
3. If It's You 7:30
4. First Rain 5:34
5. Blues for the Milpitas Symphony Orchestra 5:05
6. Never Without You 3:25
7. Rory's Lullaby 5:20
8. Bain Kittle (In the Middle) 5:37
9. Hester, It's Time To Go Home 2:04
10. Afternoon with Michel 4:21
11. Now It's Time To Say Goodbye 2:39
From the KVMR Listeners Guide Review - Dale LeBlanc Johnson - USA
(also made the DJ's five top favorites for the year, along with the CDs of three other Grammy nominees.)
Lisa Haley is one of a kind, a Southern Californian whose music has traveled the world, with her authentic Louisiana Cajun blood. This is her 6th album and as always, features her Blue Fiddle and her husky voice. This release is inspired by the NOLA Mardi Gras traditions. Lisa has always had top-notch musicians to back her and this one is right on track.
The title cut is the way to get the party started, but the story itself is about hurricanes and people problems. My favorite cut of all is the medley "Mardi Gras Party/Little Dreamer" which shifts from a good-groove zydeco fast two-step to a slow "Baisse bas" waltz. Boozoo Chavis' "Paper in My Shoe" is given a high-energy spin. "Zydecosis" is Lisa's funky zydeco trademark. "Mardi Gras" features her husky voice. The most beautiful tune is one Lisa penned ten years ago, when she found out she had a half brother â€“ "Louisiana."
From the Zydeco Road Review - K-Paule Pachter - USA
The "Queen of West Coast Zydeco" has much to celebrate these days. For starters, Lisa Haley's latest release entitled, "King Cake" has been nominated as part of the induction class for a 2007 Grammy Award. After fifty years and a serious grassroots effort on the part of numerous Cajun and Zydeco artists, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has established a brand new Grammy Award category recognizing the unique contributions of Cajun and Zydeco artists, and Lisa Haley is certainly within striking distance of the gramophone statue with this exceptional recording.
"King Cake" is Lisa Haley's sixth CD and perhaps her most ambitious to date in terms of material and the A-list of musicians providing support. She has taken some brand new material such as the title track, which pumps new life into the Zydeco genre along with "Mardi Gras Party/Little Dreamer," which defines the joyous spirit that is Zydeco. She's reintroduced previous recorded material such as "Louisiana," "Rubboard Stomach," and "Don't You Tell Your Mother" just to let the new listener know that her previous body of work is emotional, hard-driving and as authentically Louisiana as that of her biggest fan, Clifton Chenier. And if that?s not enough, she offers up a killer cover of the Boozoo Chavis classic "Paper in My Shoe."
Haley's voice is still as gritty and soulful as they come, and her mastery of the bow burning up her blue fiddle is still unmatched by many artists. Haley has recorded both a musical commentary on the rebirth of New Orleans in a post Katrina environment and an album of hope based upon her selection of material.
Backing Haley up on "King Cake" are some outstanding musicians that know how to play Zydeco and Swamp-Pop music. They include: Jim E. Christie (drums); George Hawkins, Jr. (bass); Skip Edwards (Hammond Organ, keyboards); Chuck Alvarez (guitars), and of course Lisa Haley (violin, viola, mandolin, rubboard, jaw harp and vocals). Throw in the likes of KebMo' on harmonica and Leland Sklar on bass and you understand why "King Cake" is Grammy Award material.
Haley writes, "If we succeed in making music to make your heart sing, heal your hurts, and sow the seeds of Joy into your soul, we have done out duty." Haley and "King Cake" succeed big time and earn my highest 5-pepper rating. Review Date: 12/29/2008
This recording is by Kitaro. One published description goes like this: "Kitaro crafts this musical journey from the ancient chronicle that recounts the birth of Japan and its people. Featuring the string section from the Skywalker Symphony, along with Kitaro's signature keyboard and flute sounds. This is the tracklist:
AKA Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia, they have also been known as known as Thee Disciples ov Gaia and Sluagh Ghairm. Described as a "mysterious formation from Holland" (Tilburg), this group specializes in blends of deep techno, subtle trance and ambient soundscapes.
The group has included Bobby Reiner, Boris Hiesserer, Joris Hilckmann, Reinier Brekelmans, Reinoud van den Broek, Robbert Heynen (eXquisite CORpsE) and Tim Freeman.
"Just as lighthearted ambient house began to hit the mainstream in the early '90s, Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia foreshadowed a move to sinister downtempo music, more influenced by Coil and Psychic TV than the Orb. The Dutch group's shadowy nature and lack of connection to the close-knit dance community mystified some (their live shows were often performed behind large screens), but the band's sound -- organic tribal-trance with an understated use of samples -- became quite influential, as many groups mirrored the move to darker rhythms later in the decade."
read more from AllMusic, here: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/psychick-warriors-ov-gaia-mn0000320221/biography
CDBaby says this about Last Caravan: "Drawing from the richness of the Flamenco and Latin traditions, Last Caravan ignites a fire within the gypsy heart. Their original musical compositions blend intoxicating global rhythms and sensual melodies taking the listener on a voyage that celebrates the joys and sorrows of the human spirit. Float effortlessly on tropical island breezes, traverse ancient desert landscapes, and explore the allure of romance and passion through the music of Last Caravan.
If you took rhythmns of the Gipsy Kings, added melodies of Ottmar Liebert and Jesse Cook, and alternated the excitement of a live album with the polished sounds of the studio, Last Caravan is it!" Review Date: 1/11/2010
LIfescapes recordings always provide excellent value for what they offer. Titles vary, and some are really outstanding. This one is well made, and provides a gentle, dignified background for quiet tasks and relaxation. Here is a tracklist:
Deeply I Slept