Mary Jane Leach – Celestial Fires (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgMARY JANE LEACH (born 1949) is a composer/performer whose work reveals a fascination with the physicality of sound, its acoustic properties and how they interact with space. In many of her works Leach creates an otherworldly sound environment using difference, combination, and interference tones; these are tones not actually sounded by the performers, but acoustic phenomena arising from Leach’s deft manipulation of intonation and timbral qualities. The result is striking music that has a powerful effect on listeners. Critics have commented on her ability to “offer a spiritual recharge without the banalities of the new mysticism” (Detroit Free Press), evoking “a visionary quest for inner peace” (Vice Versa Magazine), and “an iridescent lingering sense of suspended time.” (Musicworks Magazine)

Leach’s music has been performed throughout the world in a variety of settings, from the concert stage to experimental music forums, and in collaboration with dance and theatre artists. She is an accomplished performer in her own right, who has been presented across the United States and Europe, and her works have been performed by many eminent soloists and chamber ensembles, most recently in Europe by Manuel Zurria, Emanuele Arciulli and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Lecce, György Lakatos and Trio Lignum in Hungary, the Flemish Radio Choir, La Gioia, the London Concord Singers, and Vox Feminae (Switzerland). In recent years Leach has received considerable acclaim for her choral music, which is featured on two CD releases on the XI and New World labels. Drawing on Leach01inspirations as diverse as Monteverdi, Bruckner, and 14th century Ars Nova, these pieces “enliven a choral repertoire starved for good contemporary work.” (Village Voice). Several are published by C.F. Peters.Leach has been commissioned by many notable ensembles, including Fondazione ICO Tito Schipa, Relâche, The DownTown Ensemble, Newband, and the New York Treble Singers; and by soloists such as Manuel Zurria, Emanuele Arciulli, Sarah Cahill, Guy Klucevsek, Shannon Peet, and Libby Van Cleve. She has received commissions/awards from the New York State Council on the Arts (2007, 1992), Danish Arts Council (2006), National Endowment for the Arts (2005, 1995), New York Foundation for the Arts (2002), International Alliance of Women in Music (2002), American Composers Forum (1995), the NEA (1995), Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust (1993, 1995, 1996), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (1992), and many other funders.Recordings of her work are on the New World, XI, Die Schachtel, Starkland, Lovely Music, Capstone, Innova, and Aerial compact disc labels. On the radio, her music has been featured by Radio Bremen, BBC3,First Art, John Schaeffer’s New Sounds, CBC (Canada), Radio Cultura in Sao Paulo, and by stations throughout America and Europe.

Leach02Writing about her work has appeared in several books:In Her Own Words: Conversations with American Women Composers by Jennifer Kelly/Illinois (2013),American Music in the Twentieth Century by Kyle Gann/Schirmer (1997), La musica minimalista by Paolo Coteni and Giovanni Antognozzi/Edizione Textus (2000), The New Generation of Mystery/Kunstler des XXI. Jahrhunderts by Maria De Alvear/World Edition (2000), and Het Tweede Thema of de Verwaarloosde Geschiedenis van de Componerende Vrouw by Simonne Claeys/Alamire Pere (Belgium, 2002). Her scores have been published in Soundings, Ear Magazine, and logosblad, and she has been featured in articles in Chamber Music, Vermont Quarterly, Pulse!, Option Magazine, Kölnische Rundschau, Albany Times Union, logosblad, and on German television.In 1995 Leach was selected for a prestigious grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, which was established by Jasper Johns and John Cage to support innovative artists in the performing arts.
“People say that Leach’s music is hard to listen to. Well, Beethoven’s music is hard to listen to -at first.”—Otto Luening

Beginning from simple means — close harmonies with phasing rhythms –, each of the 6 compositions on this CD gradually blossom in the intricacy of their exquisite movement and sound. Each uses an ensemble of instruments or voices of a similar family, which emphasizes the textural binding — “Bruchstuck,” “Green Mountain Madrigal,” “Mountain Echoes” and “Ariel’s Song” for 8 treble voices, “Feu de Joie” for solo bassoon and 6 taped bassoons, and the illusionary “Trio for Duo” for live and taped alto flute and voice. Truly beautiful. (by Gene Tyranny)

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Personnel:
The New York Treble Singers conducted by Virginia Davidson
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vocals:
Adrienne Edgar – Arlene Travis – Cynthia Richards-Hewes – Judith Pannill –
Karen Krueger – Maureen Haley – Nancy Wertsch – Therese McCormick
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MJ Leach (voice on 05.)
Shannon Peet bassoon on 02.)

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Tracklist:
01. Bruckstück 12.45
02. Feu De Joie 8.54
03. Green Mountain Madrigal 8.44
04. Mountain Echoes 11.05
05. Trio For Duo 10.12
06. Ariel’s Song 10.50

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Jeff Healey – Evil Blues (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgNorman Jeffrey “Jeff” Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. He hit Number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Angel Eyes” and reached the Top 10 in Canada with the songs “I Think I Love You Too Much” and “How Long Can a Man Be Strong”.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Healey was raised in the city’s west end. He was adopted as an infant; his adoptive father was a firefighter. When he was almost one year old, Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. His eyes had to be surgically removed, and he was given ocular prostheses.

Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. At age 9 his musical talents were showcased in an interview on the TVOntario children’s programme Cucumber. When he was 15,[2] Jeff Healey formed the band Blue Direction, a four-piece that primarily played bar-band cover tunes and featured bassist Jeremy Littler, drummer Graydon Chapman, and a schoolmate, Rob Quail on second guitar. This band played various local clubs in Toronto, including the Colonial Tavern.

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Healey began hosting a jazz and blues show on radio station CIUT-FM where he became known for playing from his massive collection of vintage 78 rpm gramophone records.[3]

Shortly thereafter he was introduced to two musicians, bassist Joe Rockman and drummer Tom Stephen, with whom he formed a trio, The Jeff Healey Band. This band made their first public appearance at the Birds Nest, located upstairs at Chicago’s Diner on Queen Street West in Toronto. They received a write-up in Toronto’s NOW magazine, and soon were playing almost nightly in local clubs, such as Grossman’s Tavern and the famed blues club Albert’s Hall (where Jeff Healey was discovered by guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert Collins).

After being signed to Arista Records in 1988, the band released the album See the Light, which appeared on the RPM Top 100 chart in 1989.[4] It featuring the hit single “Angel Eyes” and the song “Hideaway”, which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. While the band was recording See the Light, they were also filming (and recording for the soundtrack of) the Patrick Swayze film Road House. Healey had numerous acting scenes in the movie with Swayze, as his band was the house cover band for the bar featured in the movie. In 1990, the band won the Juno Award for Canadian Entertainer of the Year. The albums Hell to Pay and Feel This gave Healey 10 charting singles in Canada between 1990 and 1994, including a cover of The Beatles’ JeffHealey03.jpg“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” which featured George Harrison and Jeff Lynne on backing vocals and acoustic guitar.

By the release of the 2000 album Get Me Some, Healey began to concentrate his talent in a different musical direction closer to his heart, the appreciation for another original American music form, jazz.

He went on to release three CDs of music of traditional American jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. He had been sitting in with these types of bands around Toronto since the beginning of his music career. Though known primarily as a guitarist, Healey also played trumpet during live performances. His main jazz group for touring and recording being Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards.

Healey was an avid record collector and amassed a collection of well over 30,000 78 rpm records. Starting in 1990 he hosted a radio program of very early jazz on CIUT at the University of Toronto with Colin Bray. Later he went national on CBC Radio’s program entitled My Kind of Jazz, in which he played records from his vast vintage jazz collection. He moved the show two years later to Jazz FM – CJRT; as a part of ongoing celebrations for what would have been Healey’s 50th birthday in 2016, the latter program began to air in repeats Wednesdays 9pm on jazz.fm.

For many years, Healey toured throughout North America and Europe and performed at his club, “Healey’s” on Bathurst Street in Toronto, where he played with his blues band on Thursday nights and also with his jazz group on Saturday afternoons. The club moved to a bigger location at 56 Blue Jays Way and was rechristened “Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse.” Though he had lent his name to the club and often played there, Jeff Healey did not own or manage the bar. (The name came from the 1989 film, Road House, in which Healey appeared.) At the time of his death, he had been planning to perform a series of shows in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands with his other band, the “Jeff Healey Blues Band” (aka the “Healey’s House Band”) in April 2008.

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Over the years, Healey toured and sat in with many well-known performers, including The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and many more. In 2006, Healey appeared on Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan’s CD/DVD Gillan’s Inn.

Healey discovered and helped develop the careers of other musical artists, including Terra Hazelton and Amanda Marshall.

In early 2009, Healey’s album Mess of Blues won in The 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Blues Album.

In 2009, Healey was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.

In June 2011, Woodford Park in Toronto was renamed Jeff Healey Park in his honour.

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In 2014 Healey was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. In September 2016, Jeff Healey was inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. In March 2016 the posthumous album Heal My Soul was released, followed by the companion album Holding On in December of the same year. Both records were compiled from unreleased recordings by Roger Costa. The 12 track Heal My Soul featured six covers and a number of collaborations with Marti Frederiksen, Arnold Lanni and Stevie Salas. The 15 track Holding On album contains ten live tracks recorded in 1999 at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Norway and five studio tracks.

On January 11, 2007, Healey underwent surgery to remove metastatic tissue from both lungs. In the previous 18 months, he had two sarcomas removed from his legs. On March 2, 2008, Healey died of sarcoma in his home town of Toronto at age 41. Healey’s death came a month before the release of Mess of Blues, which was his first rock/blues album in eight years.
Healey married Krista Miller in 1992; they had a daughter and were divorced in 1998. He married Cristie Hall in 2003 and had a son with her. (by wikipedia)

And here´s another pretty good bootleg, recorded live at the Pistoia Blues Festival Pistoia (Italy) – July 4, 1993.

Listen and you´know why Jeff Healey was one of the finest guitar player in the last century

A hell of a record ! And we hear fantastic background vocals, too !

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Personnel:
Jeff Healey (guitar, vocals)
Joe Rockman (bass, background vocals)
Washington Savage (keyboards)
Tom Stephen (drums)
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Mischke & Chouckoo

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Tracklist:
01. Evil Hand Here To Stay (Healey&Rockman/Stephen) 6.39
02. Announcment 0.39
03. Confidence Man (Hiatt) 3.37
04. It Could All Get Blown Away (Goldberg/Goffin) 5.26
05. Lost In Your Eyes (Petty)
06. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Harrison) 4.55
07. Heart Of An Angel (Holmes) 6.02
08. Angel Eyes (Hiatt/Koller) 6.04
09. Roadhouse Blues (Densmore/Krieger/Manzarek/Morrison) 5.43
10. See The Light (Healey)
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11. Evil Blues (uncut edition) 1.00.42

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New Presentation & Lora Szafran – You’ve Changed (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgLora Szafran graduated from the Department of Jazz and Pop Music in Katowice in 1986 and since then she has been considered one of the leading jazz vocalists in Poland. Still as a student, she cooperated with Walk Away, one of the most popular jazz bands in Poland. In 1984 she won first place at the International Competition of Jazz Vocalists in Zamosc. Since 1988 she has cooperated with one of the best acoustic jazz collaborations- New Presentation. She recorded two albums with the group: Lonesome Dancer (recognized as the jazz album of the year 1989) and You’ve Changed (1993). Lora Szafran’s singing performance is not related to jazz only. During her career she has frequently took part in international festivals, she won Grand Prix and Bursztynowy Slowik (Amber Nightingale) at Sopot ’90, Bregenea-Austria ’90, Cesme-Turkey 91. She accomplished two pop albums: “W Gore Slowa” (1991) and “Tylko Chopin” (1994). The vocalist recently has cooperated with Wlodzimierz Nahorny, which resulted in releasing the album “Spiewnik Nahornego”. Wojciech Niedziela is a jazz pianist, and composer; graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Musci in Katowice where he attended the class of piano led by prof. A. Zubek. Since 1991 he has been connected with the Jazz Institute (Composition, Interpretation, Education and Jazz Deaprtment) at first as an assistant, at present as a senior assistant leading the class of Jazz Piano and the Jazz Harmony. Mr Niedziela has accomplished about 30 CD records with such performers as: J. Pt. Wroblewski, P. Wojtasik, E. Kulm, M. Kulenty, L. Szafran.

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He also made 4 records on his own, from which To Kiss the Ivories brought him 2 nominations to the Fryderyki Prize for the year 2000. Wojciech Niedziela is a laureate of many national and international competitions. He was also twice awarded the Stanislaw Wyspianski Young Artists Prize. Mr Niedziela has performed in famous jazz clubs (Montmartre, New Morning, A-Trane, Birdland) in Europe and USA; cooperated with leading artists of the international jazz scene such as: D. Liebman, M. Mainieri, D. Friedman, E. Henderson, B. Mollenhoff. His alumni include M. Tokaj, P.Wylezol, P. Wrombel, M. Wasilewski, P. Raminiak. (Press release)

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And here´s one of her beutiful albums, this time recorded with a Polish Jazzgroup called “New Presentation” featuring Wojciech Niedziela, another very fine jazz musician from Poland.

And so we here pretty good jazz music from the legendary Polish jazz-scene.

Excellent stuff !

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Personnel:
Adam Buczek (drums)
Jacek Niedziela (bass)
Wojciech Niedziela (piano)
Lora Szafran (vocals)
Piotr Wojtasik (trumpe, flugelhorn)

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Tracklist:
01. Very Early (Evans) 6.26
02. What’s Love (W.Niedziela) 4.57
03. Oczekiwanie (W.Niedziela) 4.22
04. Right Frog (W.Niedziela) 5.51
05. You’ve Changed (Fisher) 2.21
06. Hay Fever (J.Niedziela) 4.05
07. My One And Only Love (Wood) 4.07
08. Perdido (Tizol) 5.31
09. Lush Life (Strayhorn) 6.44
10. Teach Me Tonight (DePaul) 4.47

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Kenn Lending Blues Band – Heartache Motel (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Kenn Lending Blues Band was formed in November 1980, by the Danish singer and guitarist Kenn Lending. Kenn had already been very active, in several reputable Danish groups, since 1973. But forming his own blues band, fulfilled a dream, that he had, since he saw T Bone Walker live on stage in 1968.

Already a year before Kenn Lending formed his band, he started his well known partnership with the legendary American blues pianist and -singer Champion Jack Dupree, who lived in Hannover, Germany. This partnership, that through the years turned into a very close friendship, lasted until “The Champ” past away in January 1992.

The Duo did over 1000 concerts together in 35 states and countries, including a seven week tour in USA and Canada in 1991. They also appear together on at least 19 different albums. Three of the albums was recorded in New Orleans, for Rounder Records in 1990 and 1991, in connection with their performances on ‘New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’. One of these albums ‘Forever and Ever’, received the WC Handy Award for the best traditional album in 1991.

Even though the relationship with Champion Jack Dupree had first priority, Kenn used all his spare time, making his band a strong and kicking blues band. They are known as a hardworking band, in the clubs and festivals all over Denmark, and they have been visiting countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, France, Rumania, Russia, Kroatia and Turkey.

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Kenn Lending Blues Band has recorded ten albums of their own. The latest called “Flying High”, was released in January 2012, in connection with the 30 years jubilee of Kenn Lending Blues Band as a recording band. They have also recorded with blues greats as Memphis Slim, Louisiana Red, Luther Allison, Mickey Baker, Aron Burton, Jan Harrington, Lillian Boutté and of course Champion Jack Dupree.

Because of their deep understanding and respect for the afro-American blues, Kenn Lending Blues Band has been frequently used, as a backing band by American blues artists as Jan Harrington, Lillian Boutté, Aron Burton, Louisiana Red, Champion Jack Dupree, Memphis Slim and Luther Allison. In 1987 they toured in Germany as a opening act for Fats Domino, and they were also the opening act for BB King on his tour in Holland 1988 and on his concert in Copenhagen 1989. Kenn Lending also recorded with American rockband “The Band”, and appears on the CD from 1996 “High On The Hog”.

During 1994 Kenn Lending also has been working, with singer Lillian Boutté and her “Musicfreinds” on festivals, and on her six weeks ‘Spirit of Louisiana Gospel Tour’. He also appear with her on the record: ‘Live Gospel United’, that made Top 40 of Denmark January 1995. Again in 1995 he joint The Gospel United tour with Lillian Boutté. In connection with this event the CD “People Get Ready” was released.

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Kenn Lending Blues Band is known to have a very personal sound. This is even more evident on their latest CD “Flying High”. With the new songs by Kenn Lending, he is taking the audience on a trip through the treasury of Afro-American music. The high performance of the individual musicians along with a perfect sound makes this album a milestone in the great career of Kenn Lending Blues Band. (taken from their facebook entry)

And here´s one of their many albums … an it´s a pretty good one … ad if you like this kind of Blues (with a a fine touch of Blues-Rock), then you should listen …

I guess, it´s time to discover the Kenn Lending Blues Band … and they are still on the road …

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Frank Larsen (drums)
Kenn Lending (guitar, vocals)
Svenni Svafnisson (bass)
Henning  (keyboards)
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Steen Vig (saxophone on 03. + 15., accordion on 15.)

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01. Just One Night (Lending) 4:45
02. I Don’t Need Nobody (Lending/Verner) 3.43
03. Let’s Love And Still Be Free (Lending/Verner) 5.52
04 Sometimes It’s Hard (Lending/Verner) 4.58
05. I Wish I Was A Poet (Lending/Verner) 4.08
06. Lost You Forever (Lending) 7.49
07. Let Me Play With Your Poodle (Whittaker) 3.42
08. I Want To Be Free (Lending/Verner) 6.16
09. Sunday Morning (Lending/Verner) 5.11
10. Automobile Blues (Dupree) 4.39
11. Roadlife (Lending) 4.55
12 All I Know (Lending) 4.00
13 The Saddest Feeling (Lending) 7.10
14. I Had A Dream Last Night (Lending) 4.45
15. When You Saw Me Cry (Lending) 3.57

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Tony Spinner – Saturn Blues (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgTony Spinner in his own words:

I was born a poor black child… No, wait! That was Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk.” I was born June 9, 1963 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. I grew up listening to the radio and to records. I was immediately attracted to 50’s rock music at an early age, especially Chuck Berry (he’s still one of my music heros.) Mom and Dad played records by Marty Robbins, Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, etc. We also watched tv music shows like Sonny and Cher, Tom Jones, Dean Martin, and Johnny Cash. I liked to see people perform music live on tv. This got me interested in playing guitar. Later on I got into heavier music like Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter and Robin Trower. They are still my heroes and important influences today.

Most people recognize me from my work as backing guitar player and singer for other bands and musicians. I toured with Pat Travers, recorded and toured with Paul Gilbert of TonySpinner01Mr. Big and from 1999 to 2009 and continue to write and record with Paul to this day. I also worked as a backing guitar player and background singer for TOTO. You can see me on all of TOTO’s live recordings during that time period and I’ve toured the world many times with the group.

In the shadow of my work as a backing musician, I have continued to work on my solo career. I’ve recorded a total of nine (9) solo albums so far, as well as made guest appearances on many other artist’s CD’s and tribute recordings. The first three of my solo recordings, “Saturn Blues” (1993), “My ’64” (1995) and “Crosstown Sessions” (1996) were released on Mike Varney’s Blues Bureau International label. Due to TOTO’s busy touring schedule, it took some time before I recorded “Chicks & Guitars,” my fourth album that was released in 2005. That album is the only one I’ve done entirely on my own, without any record company involvement. (I really like that one!) “Live in Europe” was recorded and released in 2007 on Grooveyard Records along with “Rollin’ and Tumblin'” which was recorded in 2009. “Down Home Mojo,” also on Grooveyard Records (my favorite so far!) was recorded in 2011 and the I continue to record for Grooveyard Records to this day!

The Tony Spinner Band has been touring throughout Europe since 2004. The current line-up of my European band consists of bass player Michel Mulder and drummer Alex TonySpinner02Steier. These guys are great musicians as well as super nice people. They have the same passion for making good music as I do.

When I play at home in the U.S., I have some local guys that I play with. Brent Long on bass and vocals and Derek Doyle on drums. They’re also great guys and we have big time fun jammin’ in the clubs here in the South. Put on your bullet proof vest and get your tetanus shot and come see us some time! (Sometimes the clubs can get kinda rough, ha ha!)

My goal as a musician is to make good music with lots of improvisation. The tunes I play include rock, blues, funk and groove influenced jams. I never have liked set lists so I don’t use one. You never know what you’ll get but it is always honest, inspired and real “from the heart music.” Kinda like… “Earth Music For Aliens”, yeah, that’s the ticket!!! That’s what it’s all about to me! (taken from his website)

Why is Tony Spinner so unknown among rock guitar audience? The guy is great and his exciting licks bring me memories of Hendrix and Vaughan (actuallym he dedicated this album to the two fret-masters). I’m not kidding, SATURN BLUES is a hell of a rock album. Its production remembers me of hard rock, but you can still listen to the blues in all the songs! It is a power trio kicking, and Spinner plays very well and also sings. About the voice: some people who listened complained it sounded like those pop metal of the ’80s, and they have some reason. But hey, the instrumental in this album is great and I still think Tony’s voice fits well in the rock tradition.
TonySpinner04.jpgI was in a record store better known for its jazz catalogue when I met this album in the “blues session” and asked for a quick listen. Man, when “Atomic Blast” exploded in the headphones, I knew I had discovered something.
“Make it through” is a classic mid-tempo rocker, and the solo is 100% Hendrix. A friend of mine, who is a fine guitarrist himself and has perfect pitch, said it was as if Tony incorporated Jimi’s spirit. I have to agree!
“Fall Down” begins with the sonic abuse of an over-saturated amp, and then moves into gung ho rock with killer chops. Perfect to listen to when you’re driving in the highway, just beware not to exceed speed limits!
“You’re my everything”, “Hello California” and “Angeline” brings us closer to the blues, but with the adrenaline of rock always present.
It is the kind of music that makes you feel good, with lots of energy, it has none of the contrived sorrow and delusion that has been so associated to rock after the grunge breaktrough. Some may find it old-fashioned, but I love it and it is so good to discover an artist that still rocks in a more uplifted way.
“Freedom” is also high-voltage rock’n’roll and “Hey Zombie” a funky mid-tempo, You can listen to classic and thrilling guitar licks all the way, and with a terrific tone!
Summing up, highly recommended and I only wish Spinner could receive more promotion. I found in Amazon he has 2 more albuns and I’m gonna check them too. But one thing is for sure: SATURN BLUES is no-nonsense, terrific rock. (by an amazon customer)

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Personnel:
Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
John Onder (bass)
Tony Spinner (guitar, vocals)
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Michael Onesko – Mike Varney

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Tracklist:
01. Atomic Blast 4:51
02. She’s My Everything 4:34
03. Freedom 3.52
04. Hey Zombie 4.52
05. Angeline 4.58
06. Make It Throught 5.33
07. Delilah 6.43
08. World Fall Down 5.39
09. Hello California 7.14
10. Drivin’ All Night 4.36

All songs written by Tony Spinner

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Clannad – Banba (1993)

FrontCover1.jpgBanba is an album released by Irish folk group Clannad in 1994 on BMG records. It was re-issued in 2005 with the Afterlife mix bonus track of “I Will Find You”. Banba was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album, but was the runner-up to Spanish Angel by Paul Winter Consort. (by wikipedia)

After the somewhat generic “Sirius” and the very timid “Anam”, CLANNAD must have done some soul searching, as “Banba” marks something of a return to the style of their peak mid 1980s period. Unfortunately, it’s still a bit too self conscious in its mellowness to approach prior classics, even as it gained the group a spate of accolades on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tracks like “Struggle”, “Soul Searcher” and “Sunset Dreams” are tight lipped, slick, and wispy to a fault. Even “I will find you”, popularized by its use in “Last of the Mohicans”, is bailed out by its mesmerizing Native American chants and eerie electronic keys. The opener “Na Laethe Bhi” is so similar to “Harry’s Game” that its gorgeous melody is partially annulled.

ClannadLuckily MEL COLLINS’ saxes and flutes remain compelling and dominant, but the major upgrade is in the vocals. Most of the highlights, like “Banba Oir”, “There for you” and “The Other Side”, offer ensemble singing and a more full band backing that counteracts the group’s at time overly fragile demeanor. Still, when it comes to interpreting traditional songs freshly and hauntingly, it’s hard to beat Maire and her brethren on the otherworldly “Cad de sin don te sin”. The well known Breton band TRI YANN interprets the same tune in “Korydwen et le Rouge” equally well yet differently, which proves how much can be achieved through the additive blessings of nature and nurture.

“Banba” showed that Clannad was still a work in progress in 1993, which is a compliment for a group that had been around for over 20 years, Even though it does not match the pioneering spirit and beguiling consistency of earlier releases, it’s worth exploring if you enjoy spacey well produced Irish folk with exquisite harmonies. (by kenethlevine)

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Personnel:
Ciarán Brennan (bass, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, vocals)
Máire Brennan (vocals, harp)
Noel Duggan (guitar)
Pádraig Duggan (mandolin, guitar)
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Anto Drennan (guitar)
Brídín Brennan (vocals)
Mel Collins (saxophones, flute)
John Donnelly (drums, percussion, programming)
Frankie Kennedy (flute, whistle)
Ian Parker (keyboards)
Denis Woods (keyboards, synth programming)

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Tracklist:
01. Na Laethe Bhi (C.Brennan) 5.20
02. Banba Óir (C.Brennan) Clannad 3.26
03. There For You (C.Brennan) 4.10
04. Mystery Game (C.Brennan) 4.24
05. Struggle (C.Brennan) 4.04
06. I Will Find You (C.Brennan) 5.16
07. Sould Searcher (Brennan) 4.25
08. Caide Sin Don Té Sin? (Brennan) 4.22
09. The Other Side (C.Brennan) 4.18
10. Sun Set Dreams (Duggan) 4.12
11. A Gentle Place (C.Brennan) 3.09
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Brian May Band – Live At The Brixton Academy (1994)

FrontCover1.jpgLive at the Brixton Academy is a recording of The Brian May Band’s first show in London on June 15 1993. The album was released on CD, Cassette, LP and VHS in 1994, and remains the group’s only release as a collective.

The album is an almost complete and unedited version of the concert. Their performance of John Lennon’s “God (The Dream Is Over)” was not included on the album due to copyright issues. Keyboard player Spike Edney had to play a second solo (neither are on the CD, the first being on the video) after May had technical problems before playing “Last Horizon”. Also, “Back To The Light”, “Tie Your Mother Down”, “Love Token”, “Headlong”, “Let Your Heart Rule Your Head”, “Resurrection” (in particular, Cozy Powell’s drum solo), “We Will Rock You” and “Hammer to Fall” are all slightly shortened on the CD, but appear in full on the 90-minute video of the same event. The spoken part after “Love Token” has been cut because it contained too many profanities, but it can be heard fully on the unofficial audience recording.

The show includes live renditions of the top ten singles “Driven By You” and “Too Much Love Will Kill You”. (by wikipedia)

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Live at the Brixton Academy finds former Queen guitarist Brian May playing almost the entirety of his previous solo album, Back to the Light, and an assortment of material from various eras of Queen. The material culled from Back to the Light sounds much more alive in concert than on record, freed up as it is from the album’s heavy production. Even “Last Horizon,” which sounded quite sappy on the album version, works well here, especially coming after the intense “Resurrection.” However, even a live setting can’t help the clunker “Too Much Love Will Kill You.” The Queen tracks are a mixed bag. May just doesn’t have the voice to tackle the harder-edged “Headlong” and “Tie Your Mother Down.”

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These tracks and a quite lifeless “We Will Rock You” sorely miss Freddie Mercury’s commanding vocals. However, the medley of the old Queen track “’39” with May’s “Let Your Heart Rule Your Head” works quite well, in part because May sung the original version. For old Queen fans, it’s also hard not to get emotional on the old sing-along “Love of My Life,” played here as a tribute to Mercury While the cover of Hank Ballard’s “Since You’ve Been Gone” doesn’t come off as impressive with May’s weak voice, the rousing version of Queen’s “Hammer to Fall” ends the album on a fine note. (by Geoff Orens)

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Personnel:
Spike Edney (keyboards, background vocals)
Brian May (guitar, vocals)
Jamie Moses (guitar, background vocals)
Neil Murray (bass)
Cozy Powell (drums, percussion)
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background vocals:
Cathy Porter – Shelley Preston

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Tracklist:
01.  Back To The Light (May) 5.41
02. Driven By You (May) 4.18
03. Tie Your Mother Down (May) 4.39
04. Love Token (May) 3.05
05. Headlong (May) 6.08
06. Love Of My Life (Mercury) 4.45
07. 39 / Let Your Heart Rule Your Head (May) 4.12
08. Too Much Love Will Kill You (May/Musker/Lamers) 4.34
09. Since You’ve Been Gone (Ballard) 3.42
10. Now I’m Here (May) 6.59
11. Guitar Extravagance (May) 6.06
12. Resurrection (May/Powell/Page) 10.08
13. Last Horizon (May) 3.14
14. We Will Rock You (May) 3.54
15. Hammer To Fall (May) 5.30

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