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Anderson Stolt

 

Anderson Stolt – Look for the new review coming soon with Jon Anderson of YES & Roine Stolt from The Flower Kings, Transatlantic & more.

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The Lonely Wild ~ Chasing White Light

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This sophomore album from this Indie Folk Band is not quite like anything else that I’ve heard before. Melodic pop with a bit of a hard edge to give them that indie sound. If you like the indie sound, this could be for you. If you’re looking for something harder or even something more melodic, you may not. For me, it’s right in the middle. I like the music, the singing has it’s ups and downs. This gets 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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MJ 12

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MJ 12 is a prog fusion band which to me seems more like jazz. Featuring the bass playing of Percy Jones from Brand X, which you can definately hear in this band. MJ 12 is named after Majestic 12, which was supposedly a group of scientists in the late 40’s to investigate UFO’s. MJ 12 is an improv jazz group which blends in fusion as well as prog, but, again to me, this is jazz. Along with Percy Jones, from Brand X, you also have Stephen Moses on drums and trombone. Guitarist Dave Phelps brings in some nice Jeff Beck grooves to some of these songs, and, Saxophonist Chris Bacas, who has play with the Glen Miller Ortchestra & the Tommy Dorsey Band round out this foursome. There are 9 songs on this album and some are reall good, some, just so-so. For me, I’d give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Steely Dan with Steve Winwood Concert at BB&T, Camden, NJ. July 3, 2016

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I’ve seen both of these icons before. I’ve seen Steve Winwood with Eric Clapton, and, I’ve seen Steely Dan about 10 years ago when they put out their 2 against nature album out. Let’s start with the opener, Steve Winwood…

Steve started us off with a version of Spencer Davis Group’s I’m A Man, which, seems to be a staple of his at recent shows, Next up was Pearly Queen by Traffic followed by At Times We Do Forget. Blind Faith was next up on the list with Can’t Find My Way Home. With so many groups that Steve Winwood was in, he chose to put in a cover tune of Them Changes from Buddy Miles. Traffic, the group, came up again with The Low Spark Of High Heel Boys, then coming back around with his biggest solo hit “Higher Love”. Coming to a close, we come back to Traffic with Dear Mr. Fantasy. Steve and the band came back for an encore of “Gimme Some Lovin” from the Spencer Davis Group. There was quite a bit of improv floating about on the songs which is great. I would like to see a bit more of interaction with the audience on this outing, but, such is not the case with Steve Winwood. Steve was mostly on organ except 2 Traffic songs where he played guitar.

Next up on the bill was Steely Dan, who opened up with a jazzy intro called “November Afternoon”, then going into “Black Cow”. A lot of the album Aja was played. The title track was played next. Next up was “Hey Nineteen”, “Black Friday”, “Razor Boy” from “Countdown To Ecstasy”. Up next was “Kid Charlemagne” from my favorite Steely Dan album “The Royal Scam”. Then came “Show Biz Kids”, “Bodhisattva”, “Daddy Don’t Live In New York City No More”, next up, their first hit “Do It Again”, followed by a cover of Joe Tex’s “I Want To (Do Everything For You)”, Coming back to the jazzy end of Steely Dan with “Deacon Blues”, then, “Josie”, and, “Peg”. As I said, A lot of “Aja”. Coming back with older songs “My Old School” and “Reeling In The Years”. The encore was a weird choice, but, hey, they ARE Steely Dan. The encore was “Pretzel Logic. I do love when they throw in the rare tracks, but, I wasn’t expecting that to be the end song. Becker & Fagen were right where I expected them to be, although, I would have liked to see Walter Becker more active. He did, however, have another great guitarist right beside him splitting up the solos. The drummer was great as were the rest of the band. I would have liked to hear more of some the other albums, but, it seems like Steely Dan was set on “Aja” this go around. Almost the whole album. I would have liked to hear more from “The Royal Scam”, but, that was the last tour that I saw.

The Camden police were much more helpful than they were in the past, so I give them a notch up. BB&T is a good place to see a show, where you have a choice of sitting on assigned seats or sitting on the lawn.  I give this concert 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. All in all, a musical gem.

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Erik Norlander ~ Surreal

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First we had Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. Now we have Erik Norlander. You may know Norlander as the keyboardist from the band “Lana Lane”. She too, is on this album, at least on 1 track. There are six longer tracks on this album, and Erik does what he does best. He plays beautiful melodic music, much the same way as Rick Wakeman did on his album “The Myths And Lends of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table. 5 of the 6 tracks are instrumental, while Erik brings in Lana Lane on track 5, which is the title track. Lana is low key on this track until one part of this song. I would say close to how Robert Plant was low key on “Stairway To Heaven” until the part where he breaks out “AND AS WE WIND UP DOWN THE ROAD”. This is a great album with fantastic music from Erik, Lana, Alaster Greene on guitars, Greg Ellis on Percussion, Nick LaPar on drums, and, Mark Matthews on bass. This album gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Get this album TODAY!

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Motet ~ Totem

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For those of you who haven’t heard of the Motet, go out and buy this album. Take a bit of jazz, rock, soul, and mix them with a bunch of funk and that is what you get with the Motet. From the first song of the album until the very end you will get this great sound which you may think could be Earth, Wind & Fire, or Chicago, and I’m talking a bit of different versions of Chicago. Great production, great album. This definitely gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Withem ~ The Unforgiving Road

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Frontiers records brings us another fine band in the rock vein. The band is Withem & the album is “The Unforgiving Road”. Bringing up current music with the feeling of the 80’s lingering about. You remember the hair bands of the 80’s? Withem would fit right in with them. Poison, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, etc. Some great music to go along with the vocals, which don’t quite range up in the bands that I mentioned, but, fit the band rather well. Some nice guitar licks on “The Pain I Collected” stuck out, but, the background vocals didn’t work for me on this song. Favorite tracks are “The Eye In The Sky”, and, “In My Will”, which are towards the end of the album.  I give this a 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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