Keith Emerson & Robert Berry 3.2 ~ The Rules Have Changed



This album was to be both a tribute to Keith Emerson & a follow up to the album To The Power Of Three by Emerson, Berry, & Palmer, otherwise known as 3. This album certainly does continue that wonderful 3 sound. Unfortunately, Carl Palmer was not involved with this, while Keith Emerson, who recently passed away, did help with the songwriting & arrangements. Robert Berry does play all of the instruments, which at times, does sound like Keith Emerson. Robert Berry is a great musician, as anyone who has heard his stuff would know. I noticed that his voice, to me, seemed to have gotten better with age. I really like this album, & is the closest that I’ve had to an ELP album since Emerson & Lake Live. Unfortunately, this was only a concert of the 2 of them playing their old music. I did love that album as well, but, with this album, we get new Emerson music (sort of). There are 8 songs on this album, although it’s listed as 9. “One by One” starts off with a nice piano opening, then goes off into that wonderful 3 sound that came out way back in 1988. Going into string mode & synth mode as Keith did. “Powerful Man” almost starts off with the sound of “8 Miles High” that was a hit for 3 back then. You can tell that Carl Palmer is missing from the song “The Rules Have Changed”. Robert almost went Greg Lake with “This Letter”, but then he goes all Emerson about halfway through the song. If you’re a fan of ELP or 3, you will love this album. I give this album 5 out of 5 Music Guru stars. I wish that Carl Palmer would have been involved however, but Robert Berry did both Keith Emerson & Carl Proud with 3.2.

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Aisles ~ Live From Estudio Del Sur EP

aisles Live


This band is HOT! REALLY HOT! Their past albums were great. This EP which shows the new concept of the band playing previous songs from their history. Included are “Clouds Motion”, which is their first song that they recorded, “Shallow Daft”, “Still Alive” & “Club Hawaii”, which show where the band is currently at. The music & vocals are great. There is a guest vocalist, CATALINA BLANCO, from the band TEFIRET. Aisles are Rodrigo Sepulveda on guitars, Juan Pablo Gaete on keyboards, Sebastian Vergara on vocals, Felipe Candia on drums, German Vergara on guitars & Daniel Concha on bass. If you want a taste of what this band sounds like, this it it. The band is great. Buy their albums…all of them. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I give this 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Jimmy Haslip – Scott Kinsey-Gergo Borlai ~ Arc Trio

Arc Trio


This 10 track albums brings 3 of the finest jazz musicians together for some fine music. “Owasso”, which starts you off, is a rhythmic feeling song, starting off with drums, then bringing in the bass, then, finally the keyboard. “West Orange” was a bit more focused and also features some nice sax by Steve Tavaglione. The third song “Conchita”, when I first listened to this song, I did not like. Upon a second time, hearing it, I find myself liking it quite a bit more. “Viera” is a fine improv song that just goes in all different directions, except the horns, which keep you grounded. “Joan Miro” seems out of tune at times, mostly due to the keyboards. This could be fixed with a different keyboard sound setting. Vinnie Colaiuta fills in on drums on “Sprite”, which is probably my favorite song on the album. “Palo Alto” features Gary Novak on drums for what to me, even though it is jazz, seems more like new age…I like it. “I’m Hip” seems to go way out in the improv style, but, is still focused. “Goan Wanderer” goes back to the New Age sound, but, not as good as “Palo Alto”. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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The Aaron Clift Experiment ~ If All Goes Wrong

Aaron Clift


This album starts off strong…very strong. Big drums start off the first song “Faith”, which, at first listen, I didn’t like the vocals, but, upon second listen, found myself feeling that the voice does work. There are moments, when I still don’t like the vocal track, like the song “Savage In A Fancy Suit”. It does sort of fit the song, but, it just doesn’t work for me. The whole album is musically beautiful & most times, more often than not the vocals are where they need to be. Maybe I need a little harmony in spots that I didn’t hear. Again, I really think this is a strong album & certainly, you should give it a listen. I rate this 4 out of 5 Music Guru Stars, which could move to 5 out of 5 with more tries. Let me know what you think? Most of the music & lyrics are written by Aaron Clift & Devin North I do apologize to Aaron Clift, for taking so long to review this. I’m glad I finally had the chance to listen to this wonderful album. The band is Aaron Clift on vocals & keyboards, Devin North on bass & guitar, & Tim Smith on those wonderful drums & percussion. There are a few added musicians on specific songs. “Absent Lovers” makes me feel like I’m listening to a KANSAS song, with the great songwriting & a great violin part by Charles Anderson. Once again, give this one a try. It will not disappoint you.

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Vanilla Fudge ~ Spirit Of ’67

Vanilla Fudge


Vanilla Fudge is back? I don’t know if this is a permanent thing, but, I hope that it is. The band is Mark Stein on keyboards & vocals, Vince Martell on guitars & vocals, Carmine Appice on drums & vocals, and new band member Pete Bremy on bass & vocals. While Vanilla Fudge’s biggest hit was a cover of the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, this whole album is a cover album. The band picked the year 1967 for this album, with songs like “Gimme Some Lovin'”, by Steve Winwood & Spencer Davis, Jagger & Richards song “Ruby Tuesday”, The Who’s “I Can See For Miles”, Smokey Robinson’s “The Tracks Of My Tears”, The Monkee’s “I’m A Believer”, written by Neil Diamond, Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” written by Steve Stills, The Door’s “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”, Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade Of Pale” and starting the album off with another Motown classic “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”. As Vanilla Fudge is apt to do, they change it to a different song, in some cases. The songs retain their own, but, updated to different types of genres. “I Can See For Miles” is slowed down a bit, as is “Ruby Tuesday”, while “The Tracks Of My Tears”, “Whiter Shade Of Pale” & “The Letter”, were done a bit faster & harder. I really liked this album, even though I’m not normally a cover song guy, but, Vanilla Fudge seems to always make their cover songs, their own. I give this album 5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars. Favorite songs are “I’m A Believer”, “Ruby Tuesday” & “I heard It Through The Grapevine”.

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Rick & Jenda Derringer Do The Beatles



Rick DerringerRick Derringer, being one of my all time great performers does OK with this release. Most of the singing is done by Jenda with Rick in the background. Rick does sing lead on a few, but, mostly it’s Jenda. I like Rick’s vocals. Jenda’s vocals are not bad, but, not what I would’ve picked to sing the music of Paul McCartney & John Lennon. She does a real good job on George Harrison’s “Something”. That one she soared on. Not a great album, but, not a bad one either. Rick did change some of the songs. He either made them faster, or changed a few lyrics, etc. I rate this 3.5 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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Flip Damon ~ Summer Sky

Flip Damon


This CD reminds me of another CD that I heard made from someone I know. The music that I heard was very good, the songwriting was also very good. The singing wasn’t bad, but, didn’t really fit with the rest of the music. It reminded me exactly of the other CD that I had heard. I really liked the guitar playing, whether it was Flip Damon or J. Royce Matthews. The drums were pretty well placed as well. I would give this 3 out of 5 Music Guru Stars.

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