Sunday, March 8, 2009
This cd fell in the right hands. Funnily enough, I published a book (sequel autobiography of Sybil Jason) called Five Minutes More. I'm a great fan of swing and big band, a youngish person who believes that rock is not king, it's nearly one of many equal princes. Blue Sky 5+ 2 needs all the publicity they can get, because they're keeping alive a fantastic genre that age 30- people are foolish to ignore.
The stuff on this cd swings, just like its contents should.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Rick Frank is the able drummer, joined on
Island of Introspection
Hymn to Kalopi
You and the Night and the Music
Mark Snyder - bass
Brade Hatfield - piano, keys
Bruce Abbott - sax
Jim Robitaille - guitar
Oscar Stagnaro - bass
Paulo Stagnaro - percussion
Brad Hatfield - piano
and together they blend an instrumental jazz album that rocks and rolls and mellows. One of the best tracks is the 5-minute Hymn to Kalopi, a brilliant mood of softness written by Snyder. Bleeds very well into Minor Blues, though doesn't catch as much magic, but all in all, this is a lovely one-unit cool jazz album that puts its songs before the solos (for a change), and I for one am glad to hear such compositional shift again.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I agree with previous reviews of this cd. It is one of the best jazz releases of 2008. Even though I'm listening in 2009. It's a distinctly guitar-drive jazz album, almost classical in orientation.
4 on 6
Goodbye Porkpie Hat
Do You Know What It Means (to Miss New Orleans)
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano
Those are the stars, along with
Troy Chapman - guitar
James Hinkley - cello
Keith Bowers - guitar
Michael Yocco - bass
Roget Bennett - drums
Each contains "the sophistication and coolness of modern jazz" and they are right to call themselves such.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Well, this cd was a GREAT surprise! I had no idea there was something like this on the market, or I would've bought it long ago. I'm a big progressive rock fan. Perhaps not towards the arty direction, but the pop direction of Queen and Yes. Because do know you what's on here? It's
Won't Get Fooled Again by The Who
Killer Queen by Queen
The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin
The Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd
Available Light by Rush
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da by The Police
Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
Why Should I Cry For You? by Sting
Elephant Talk by King Crimson
Istanbul Not Constantinople by Four Lads
Heart of the Sunrise by Yes
As you can tell, they've got a few of my favorite lads in there, blowing the lid off the conventions we associate with prog - which is the whole point of prog in the first place. Congrats for doing that! There are music people taking prog and its "rules" too seriously, and it's about time someone bent this steal into new playground material.