Shape-shifting Progressive Jazz

Dusan Jevtovic – Live At Home (Moonjune, 2018)

Live At Home showcases the talent of innovative Serbian guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and his formidable band. On Live At Home, delivers a superb set of progressive jazz-rock fusion.

Spain-based Jevtovic is not a showoff guitarist. Instead he uses his guitar in multiple ways, creating a certain ambience, delivering altered walls of sound, distorted guitars, some solos and improvisations as well. His colleague, guest keyboardist Vasil Hadzimanov performs an excellent set of mesmerizing electric piano segments that at time channel Chick Corea.

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Jordan Rudess From Bach to Rock European Tour 2018 Announced

Acclaimed keyboard player and composer Jordan Rudess, member of the progressive metal band Dream Theatre, will be touring Europe this spring. Rudess will be presenting a solo performance titled From Bach To Rock: A Musician’s Journey.

Rudess’ solo concert will travel through his captivating musical journey, from classical music to rock. Rudess was a young Juilliard piano prodigy destined for a classical music career and he evolved into a keyboard rock star marvel. While Rudess’ work in Dream Theater is within a heavy metal context, his solo work tends to be more classical and progressive rock oriented.

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ECM Announces Thomas Strønen's New Album Lucus

Thomas Strønen Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucus

ECM Records has announced the release of Time Is A Blind Guide – Lucus, a new album by Norwegian drummer and composer Thomas Strønen. The Lucus release date in January 19, 2018.

Lucus includes Ayumi Tanaka on piano; Håkon Aase on violin; Lucy Railton on cello; Ole Morten Vågan on double bass; and Thomas Strønen on drums and percussion.

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Kit Downes To Release Obsidian

Kit Downes – Obsidian

British organist Kit Downes is set to release a new album titled Obsidian (ECM records) on January 19, 2018. Obsidian features Kit Downes on church organs and Tom Challenger on tenor saxophone.

In November 2016 producer Sun Chung followed Downes to three English churches: the Snape Church of John the Baptist, Bromeswell St Edmund Church and Union Chapel Church in Islington, London. Downes played the church organs in these very different acoustic spaces. Most of the album is solo organ work. He is joined on one piece, “Modern Gods” by saxophonist Tom Challenger.

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Premiata Forneria Marconi's Emotional Tattoos

Premiata Forneria Marconi – Emotional Tattoos

Premiata Forneria Marconi – Emotional Tattoos (InsideOut Music, 2017)

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) was one of the finest European progressive rock bands in the early 1970s. They are now signed to InsideOut Music and this is the band’s first release on their new label.

Like other iconic progressive rock bands of the 1970s, PFM had two stages, a progressive rock era and a commercial pop/rock phase. Emotional Tattoos takes you to the melodic rock and pop style, with catchy songs and ballads. There is only one progressive rock piece, a great instrumental titled “Freedom Square.”

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Prospect of the Deep Volume

Azonic – Prospect of the Deep Volume One (Indivisible Records, 2017)

Prospect of the Deep Volume is the new album by experimental guitarist Andy Hawkins. The album features a wall of distorted guitar sound over which Hawkins develops long tone guitar improvisations. On this new Azonic project he’s joined by percussionist Tim Wyskida on timpani, concert bass drum, and gong who contributes mesmerizing beats.

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