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MILES DAVIS - The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions Classic Fusion | review permalink
DIXIE DREGS - Live At The Montreaux Jazz Festival Classic Fusion | review permalink
BILL BRUFORD - Bbc Rock Goes To College: Live 1979 Jazz Related Rock | review permalink
ARCANA - Arc Of The Testimony (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
CHUCK MANGIONE - An Evening of Magic: Live at the Hollywood Bowl Pop Jazz/Crossover
JAN HAMMER - Oh Yeah! Classic Fusion | review permalink
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JONAS HELLBORG - Octave of the Holy Innocents (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
TERJE RYPDAL - The Singles Collection Classic Fusion | review permalink
JONAS HELLBORG - Art Metal (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion | review permalink
THE CRIMSON JAZZ TRIO - King Crimson Songbook, Volume 1 Post Bop | review permalink
JEFF BECK - Performing This Week...Live At Ronnie Scott's Classic Fusion | review permalink
JON HASSELL - Last Night the Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes in the Street World Fusion | review permalink
DAVID EARLE JOHNSON - Time Is Free Classic Fusion | review permalink
RAINER BRÜNINGHAUS - Freigeweht Classic Fusion | review permalink
GARY BURTON - Dreams So Real Post Bop | review permalink
L SUBRAMANIAM - Conversations World Fusion | review permalink

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Jazz Genre Nb. Rated Avg. rating
1 Classic Fusion 19 3.95
2 Pop Jazz/Crossover 5 3.30
3 (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion 4 4.00
4 Jazz Related Rock 3 4.33
5 Vocal Jazz 2 3.50
6 World Fusion 2 4.00
7 Post Bop 2 4.00
8 Post-Fusion Contemporary 1 3.50
9 Swing 1 3.50
10 Jazz Soundtracks 1 4.00

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DIXIE DREGS Live At The Montreaux Jazz Festival

Movie · 2005 · Classic Fusion
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This was the Dixie Dregs lineup that I first come to know live and otherwise. The Montreaux Jazz Festival performance was used for side two of the LP Night of the Living Dregs. I had no idea the concert was filmed. This represents the band at their prime. Keyboardist Mark Parrish, would soon be replaced by T Lavitz, who is a better keyboard player, but this as this performance testifies, he was no slouch either. Oddly enough, the back cover of this DVD shows a band picture with the original keyboardist from Freefall, Steve Davidowski (guess there was only room for one Steve in this band). Steve Morse was at his most inspired around this time, even though he has certainly grown in skill over the years.

The set list is a little disappointing as it lacks some of the prime cuts from What If (Night Meets Light, Odyssey, Travel Tunes, What If), but I'm not complaining. Now I have something more than just memories of the many Dregs shows I saw back then. It is more of a forward looking set which includes Attila The Hun, that didn't show up on an album until three years later. Also of note, but of less interest to progressive rock fans, is the bluegrass style ditty, Kathreen, never released on a regular album, but only showed up on their demo album, The Great Spectacular, from 1975. If you have a copy of that album, you have something rare, indeed.

Thrown in for bonus are two live TV appearances, one on American Can'tstand (Bandstand) and one on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert. On the former, you get to see them both try out a vocalist, in an attempt to appeal to a more mainstream audience, and with Mark O'Connor, who only played with them for one album, but a few great live shows before the band disbanded for a few years.

As great as the band studio albums were, the live shows took things to an even higher level. Now you can see what you missed, unless you didn't.

JOHN ZORN Nosferatu

Album · 2012 · Jazz Soundtracks
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Bram Stoker is 100 years dead as of April 2012. Imagine that. Nosferatu is actually the name of a movie released in 1922 based on Stoker's novel Dracula but the studio wasn't able to get the rights the novel. The music was created for a modern Polish stage production that is supposed to be "of" the novel. I wasn't able to verify what they are actually calling the play, but anyway...

I was a big horror movie fan and also a movie soundtrack fan when I was a kid before I got into prog and jazz and classical so I had to go for this album and it has some of all of that all rolled together. Before you even get to the music you have to take a look at and a feel of the package. The Tzadic label gets two thumbs up for all the CD album packaging and artwork I have encountered so far. The outer cover is a velvety textured black cardboard with dark red slick textured lettering and a little bat on the front. The back is also smooth and velvety with dripping blood from the top edge. The booklet is more of a matt finish but also uses slick clear lettering on the front and clear slick blood streaks running down from the top edges of the pages in various patterns. The booklet has a few pages of pictures from the production (play, dance?) and it looks like it would be really good to see. Maybe it will make it to DVD one day.

Two other albums come to mind and they are Philip Glass's Dracula soundtrack for the Bela Lugosi movie that did get the novel rights and Harold Budd's (not at all about Dracula or Nosferatu) She Is A Phantom. The latter album comes closer to it for having vibes and a more atmospheric quality to the music. Put the three together and you'll have a nice spooky trio.

The track names are fairly indicative of the music you get as the characters and story themes inspire the music. Desolate Landscape starts out the album with foreboding dark ambient music. Mina mellows it out a little while with piano and vibes. The Battle of Good and Evil noisy as you would expect from a battle between good and evil. John gets to in a little of his trademark sax strangling of course. Very industrial sounding a little Nine Inch Nailsish.

Sinistera and Van Helsing have that spooky vibes driven sound that makes me think of the Budd album. Fatal Sunrise brings back some mellower sax work and Bill Laswell steps forward with some atmospheric bass. Hypnosis comes in and spins around your head vibes and electric piano. The Lucy theme has some similarities to another piece from another album, but I can't quite put my finger on it right now. All of the non-undead persons titled pieces on this are really down to earth, mellow, and contemplative. Nosferatu on the other hand is screwy and creepy with rat noises and Zorn's breath.

The Stalking is one of those trademark Bill Laswell ambient dub style pieces. It's a long stalking too, as all stalking should be I guess. Old horror movie stalkings tend to be that way. It's the longest piece. The bass plods on along and creepy keyboards and squealing sax drift in and out and about. The Undead is a quiet piece with John on piano. Death Ship sounds like a creaky old vessel on a dead sea. Jonathan Harker has Rob Burger, the main keyboardist in the group, taking center stage in a duet with the group's percussionist, Kevin Norton, on vibes.

Vampires At Large, bass and electric keyboards lurking about. Renfield, piano and vibes again, hesitant, a little mysterious. Stalker Dub wraps it up, figures, did you remember to shoot it in the head with a silver bullet? No wait? that's all wrong. The stake, the stake, aieeee!!!

ARCANA Arc Of The Testimony

Album · 1997 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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Imagine Tony Williams, Bill Laswell, Pharoah Sanders, and Buckethead walk into a bar…

You don’t have to.

Apologies to Byard Lancaster, Graham Haynes, and Nicky Skopelitis. You guys apparently also walked into the same bar at the same time and the end result is one intense album, but I’m not familiar you guys.

This is oh my God intense instrumental music. Also Tony William’s last album before he died.

Ironically I was browsing around for Buckethead stuff and ran into this, Arcana, which also happened to be the name of the company I was working for at the time.

Spacey jazz rock with a little metal seasoning. So synthymetaljazzrockfusion? Not well known but well worth getting to know.

WILDING BONUS Pleasure Signals

Album · 1978 · Classic Fusion
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If you haven't heard this one it's sort of like a long lost Brand X album. I confess to knowing nothing more of Wilding and Bonus beyond this album. The music here is very much in the vein of '70's Brand X and has appearances by Phil Collins, John Goodsall, John Giblin, Robin Lumley, Morris Pert.

But even if you take away the nekkid women cover it's still a really fun instrumental album and very much in the vein of what Brand X was doing at the time.

I should probably rectify the lack of familiarity with Danny Wilding and Pete Bonus. Also fortified with Bayette and Rebop Kwaku Baah.

JOHN ZORN Ipsissimus (with Moonchild Trio)

Album · 2010 · (Post-70s) Eclectic Fusion
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What can one say about this album? The cover sleeve blurb says "Weaving sonic dramas around the legacies of Magick and Alchemy." Okay, I'll buy that and I did. "Powerful secrets are realized through intensity and extremes of experience." John Zorn. Can't say I wasn't warned.

Seven Sigils kicks the album off in high gear with a heavy driving bass line by Trevor Dunn thunderous drums from Joey Baron and then its whoooaaaa de deen heh hah he huh heh whoooo de naahh - Mike Patton doing scat language vocalizations, and then John Zorn appears and starts to strangle a saxophone. But it works and that's the important thing. However this one album I probably never ever ever be able to play for anyone I know in its entirety in one sitting. Maybe only many of the parts for a few seconds at best.

It really is like a soundtrack to a really intense horror movie. Not one of those boring slasher affairs but one that keeps you on the edge of your seat in a more intellectual fashion. Maybe more like a David Lynch flick. In fact you could pair this up with either the Lost Highway soundtrack or Octaves Of The Holy Innocent by Hellborg/Buckethead/Shrieve. The Book Of Los eases the tension of the opener a little, but still has a spooky aspect to it. Marc Ribot's guitar takes center stage on this one, the searing guitar branding your ass flesh. And thennnneeeooogghhh lalalala nnnddduu mmmsoo tnndkllll. OK, you really have to have a little sense of humour with the vocalizationsAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrruuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

So anyway, be expected to be taken on a ride of dissonance and wonder and darkness and harmony and horror and beauty and whatever the hell else you want in it or aauurrgghh. If I had an odd division in my collection, I'd have to place it there.

On a final note. The art of the cover isn't dead with the CD: this one's a digipak with three dark themed paintings I don't recognize. It is contained within a gold slip cover that has an equilateral cross cut out in the center of the front and a circle on the back, revealing two of the paintings.

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    I'll try to drop in a link after I get home today.  But there's an interesting live piece with Lou, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn you can watch on YouTube.


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