Jeff Hobbs ~ Upward

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While I wasn’t sure what I was going to get, when listening to this album, I found myself liking some of it, & other songs, I didn’t like. I’m not saying that the talent is not there. It is! Jeff Hobbs is a good songwriter. The guitar playing is solid. The music is solid. I’m assuming that his backing band, The Jacks, were playing with him on this album, but, I don’t know if that’s true. There are no credits on the album, which, bothered me, as I like to read about the people playing along with the artist. I found that Jeff Hobbs vocals work better on a faster, more upbeat song. Some of the songs sound country, some sound like rock. My favorite track on the album is “String & The Kite”. This is Jeff Hobbs 2nd album. His first was put out in 2006. 11 years later, this is what you get. Give it a listen. What do you think?  I give this 3 Music Guru Stars.

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Jethro Tull ~ The String Quartets

Tull String Quartet

 

I’ve always liked Jethro Tull, and even though this is not Jethro Tull, this album Rocks…classically. The album has Violins, Viola, & Cellos playing most of this music. Ian Anderson, the master of the flute & front man of Jethro Tull, and some people don’t know that his name isn’t Jethro Tull, plays some guitar & sings as well as the flute. On Aquafugue, which takes Aqualung & Fugue & mixes them together. Some of the other songs do this as well. Whether you like clissical music or not, you will love this album. This album gets 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars…maybe more with repeated listenings.

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Deep Purple ~ Infinite

Deep Purple ~ Infinite

Once again, I have a CD / DVD set, this time from DEEP PURPLE. This band has been around  since the 1960’s & listening to this album, I know how they still reign supreme as one of the great Rock ‘n’ Roll bands.  This new album titled “Infinite” isn’t “Machine Head”, which is Deep Purple’s masterpiece, but, man, is this good. Having only 10 tracks, which takes me back to when albums only had 10 tracks, but, most of these tracks sound just like Deep Purple. The band did have different sounds & members since 1968, This one would make it into my top 5. Standing up against “Shades Of Deep Purple”, “Machine Head” & “Perpendicular”, this album rides along with these great DP albums. The band  members are Ian Paice (Drums, Percussion), is the only original member since 1968, Ian Gillian (Lead vocals, Harmonica, Percussion), being THE VOICE of Deep Purple throughout most of their career. There were some years without Gillian, but, when you hear DP, you think of Gillian as that voice. Roger Glover (Bass), being right there with Ian Gillian for time in the band, starting in 1969 until present with some breaks in between, Steve Morse (Guitars, Back up vocals), one of the new guys on the block, while not new to music fans, will remember him from the Dixie Dregs. Steve, even though, during his time, was rated best guitarist, but, when you ask people of some of their favorite guitarists, do they mention Steve Morse? THEY SHOULD. He is one of the most under-rated guitarists of our time. Listen to any of his work, I’m sure you’ll agree with me. Don Airey, replacing Jon Lord on the keyboards is a hard task, but he does a fine job of it. The new album “Infinite” has 1 cover song, “Roadhouse Blues”, which they do a great job on. While not always a big fan of cover songs, this band makes it work, with solos from Steve & Don while Ian Paice & Roger Glover keep the rhythm going (A little jam from Roger as well). The record is produced by Bob Ezrin, one of the great producers of my time. He has worked with people like Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, Kiss, Phish, Peter Gabriel, Bonham, Kansas, & many more. On the DVD, there is a great moment, while in the studio, that Bob Ezrin brings young children into the studio to play “Smoke On The Water” for Deep Purple. The kids were great, & Deep Purple thought so too. This album / DVD gets 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. BUY IT TODAY!

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Coming Soon…

Coming soon, reviews of the NEW Deep Purple album & Paul Butterfield from VINYL, the Flamin’ Groovies & Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen & more. Stay tuned…

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Siena Root ~ A Dream Of Lasting Peace

Siena Root

 

Another album that will make my Best of 2017. Siena Root takes Organs, keyboards, guitars, bass & drums (Percussion) with vocals to a great level. They took the band to an isolated place with their instruments & analog tape rolling and came out with this masterpiece. This album takes you back to the good old days of the 70’s with a thing of their own to make it current enough for everyone. There are hints of Iron Butterfly, Uriah Heep, & Steppenwolf thrown in there, which really sound great,  with their own sound to bring something new to the table, while hidden inside lies a blues track that floored me. There is organ playing that stands out, but at the same time, lies back, when it needs to. Siena Root has me hooked. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Neal Morse 2015 Morsefest Box set

Morsefest Boxset

 

This one took me even a bit longer than the ELP Box set as there is not only 4 CD’s of great Prog music, but, also 2 DVD’s that I get to watch as well. I could hear Mike Portnoy pound his way on the drums, like a madman, but, with such precision, following along with Randy George on the bass, Bill Hubauer on Keys & vocals, Eric Gillette on guitars & vocals, and of course there’s Neal…Musician Extraordinaire. Neal has a way of not only writing, playing, & singing great music, but he always makes the audience WANT to join in. There are some guest stars along for the fest. Nick D’Virgilio & Phil Keaggy, who most Progressive Rock people have heard of. Also, there were real strings playing during the show. Cello, Violin, & Percussion also filled the musical air these 2 nights. On the DVD you really get to see each musician shine. I knew these guys could play, man, Randy George was all over that bass neck & I always love watching Mike Portnoy play. I’ve never been a drum fan, but there are a few. Mike Portnoy is one of them. I was wondering, when I listened to the CD, who was singing 2nd lead, only to find out on the DVD that it was Bill Hubauer. Beautiful vocals there. Eric Gillette also has some great vocals as well. At one point, there was a flute on stage. Eric Gillette did the lead guitar on most of the songs, and, again, he did a great job. This set is really really really good. You should definately go out & buy this disc set, so you can not only hear, but see the great performances. This is 2 nights of Morsefest that you won’t want to miss. There is so much more to see on the 2 DVD’s than what you think you hear on the 4 CD’s.  I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Mashkoor Ali Khan ~ Transcendence

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This world music album, musically reminds me of Ravi Shankar. however, this music, unlike Ravi, has vocals. The music does sound very similar, but, as I kept listening, the vocals kept throwing me off. The vocals were not bad, not that I understood any of it, as it seems, to me, that perhaps he was chanting. This would be excellent listening while doing yoga, or for some meditating. For listening, it’s not my cup of tea. It may be yours. Give it a listen & let me know what you think. I’d rate this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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