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[13 Sep 2006|03:25pm]
Wanna to share my impressions about my favorite PFM albums. It happened so that the earlier PFM's album it is the more I like it. That is why I'm going to try to tell about the very first two LPs.

Premiata Forneria Marconi – “Per Un Amico” (1971)

The very first album from one of the most cult Italian prog-rock groups over all. Nevertheless they did a really encourage effort. Yes, it’s not like a normal debut album for a progressive-rock band, but do not forget that they had impressive music experience baggage before they start as PFM. They were already versed session musicians who had perceived all nuances of modern and new music of the end of 60s, won premiums on much respected musical festivals and had taken care of nearly everywhere in Italian pop-music of boundary of decades. But let’s back to the music directly. Maybe very ELP-influenced in this time (sometimes they are quoting Emerson’s keyboard parts even), but just listen to this uncontrolled positive energy overflowing from every note of their music! Music full of splendid keyboard roulades of Flavio Premoli literally intertwines with baroque tastes of Franco Mussida guitar, based on vigorous rhythm-section of Giorgio Piazza (bass) + Franz Di Cioccio (drums) and pierced by romantic Mauro Pagani flute. There is so much sun, so much warm air and Italian fanciful beauty. No one can’t help but falling into love with this marvelous quintet, but please wait. Wait for the next release, it’s killing wholly.

Premiata Forneria Marconi – “Storia di un Minuto” (1972)

Maybe the one the most beautiful album not merely in Italian sympho-prog, but in all XX century rock music at all. Guys had studied to write more original music, there is now so much influenced keyboard atmosphere as on the previous release. And what’s more, they had begun play even more beautiful music than on the Per Un Amico, if it’s possible to imagine. There is here one of the most favorite songs of mine. I’m talking about Dove... Quando.... No one could write so gentle and moving to tears song after and before them. Maybe it is an exaggeration, but you’d better just listen to it. Lyricism literally overwhelms on it. Yes, this album wasn’t a milestone disc if there were only one masterpiece. There is an opinion that every song here is kind of a masterpiece. Judge for yourself: Impressioni di Settembre where in the refrain no one (who has a soul and a heart of course) can stop giving the shivers. So magnificently it sounds. Noisy and rattling train of E Festa’s just gonna killa anyone who’s stand on its way. E-eh-eh-eh FESTA!!! La Carrozza di Hans which what they won a prize in the first significant avant-garde music festival in Italia is so eclectic and has so many ideas varied that one suffices them for whole album, not for a mere song. And Grazie Davvero just gently says “good-bye for you, see you soon”. And I bet it’ll see you very soon (it sees me at least much often), because no one who have listened to Storia di un Minuto doesn’t leave it. Because it is an album for ever, forevermore.

Premiata Forneria Marconi by Franz Di Cioccio (part 2) [12 Sep 2006|10:56am]
The second (and the last) part of the story about early days of Premiata Forneria Marconi by Franz Di Cioccio

2. From Europe to America

THE recording of Storia di un Minuto followed after the small hit of our first 45rpm single (Impressio ni di Settembre b/w La Carrozza di Hans). The production of the LP was the fruit of precise selection: performing totally live to imprint the marks of energy and spontaneity onto the disc. And in fact "Storia di un Minuto" bursted out magic that it was welcomed and appreciated by the public to the point that the disc was brought up to the top of the chart (it was unprecedented for an LP by Italian group).Mussida wrote the music, Pagani did the lyrics and we all together arranged the album under the supervision of Claudio Fabi, who in the meantime substituted Alessandro Colombini as the artistic director of Numero Uno.
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Premiata Forneria Marconi (History. Part One) [11 Sep 2006|01:45pm]
This is our first issue in a new serial "Band of the week". During a week we narrate about a group. This time it's an italian prog-maestri Premiata Forneria Marconi. Let's begin from the very begginings. This is a very interesting PFM story from the group drummer Franz Di Cioccio. I've found it on the Gaudela PFM site.

1. The beginning

IN Italy, toward the end of the sixties, the success of a singer or a vocal-instrumental group was almost always associated with songs of evasion. The bands, of various number of members, had two fundamental characteristics: a handsome singer, offering the looks for the female audience, and songs that are easy on the ear. The songs were mostly cover of english or american hits with italian lyrics that are far from the original context, and finally with the advent of Battisti their choice was made for more creativity of the entire production. In this panorama I Quelli, group formed by Flavio Premoli on organ, Franco Mussida on guitar, Giorgio Piazza on bass and me on drums represented an exception.
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© Franz Di Cioccio, Gaudela

07/09/2006 news [07 Sep 2006|10:38am]

Friday, October 13th at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m. Nate Wooley and Blue Collar Firehouse 12 45 Crown Street in New Haven, CT Tickets are $15 (opening set) and $10 (second set) Tickets and info are available at http://www.firehouse12.com or (203) 785-0468 Nate Wooley, trumpet and flugelhorn; Steve Swell, trombone; Tatsuya Nakatani, percussion...


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06/09/2006 news (part II) [06 Sep 2006|12:36pm]

from Dusted

  • Art Ensemble of Chicago - "Non-cognitive Aspects of the City - Live at Iridium" (Pi Recordings)

  • Sound In Action Trio - "Gate" (Atavistic)

  • Frequency - "Frequency" (Thrill Jockey)


Wednesday, October 25 -The Drunken Unicorn - 736 Ponce de Leon Avenue - Atlanta, GA with Kayo Dot
Thursday, October 26 - Ziggy’s -607 Cherokee Blvd. - Chattanooga, TN (423) 265-871 with Kayo Dot
Friday October 27 - The Muse - 835 4th Ave South - Nashville, TN (615) 251-0190 with Kayo Dot
Saturday, October 28 - The Rocket Club - 401 Haywood - Asheville, NC with Kayo Dot

Saturday, October 14 - Real Artways - 56 Arbor Street - Hartford, CT (860) 232.1006 - 8 PM $8 advance/$12 door
Sunday, October 15th - Forsyth Chapel at Forest Hills Cemetery - 95 Forest Hills Avenue, Boston, MA (617) 524-0128 - 4 PM $15/$12 members
Friday, November 10 - Kennesaw State University - Marietta, GA

September 8 - Debrecen Jazz Festival - Hungary
October 6-13 Mid-west Tour
October 11 - Chicago Cultural Center - Chicago, IL
October 13 - EdgeFest - Ann Arbor, MI
October 23-31 Northwest tour
October 23 - daytime workshop at Cal Arts / evening concert Club Tropical Culver City, CA
October 27 - Portland, OR
Saturday, October 28 - Earshot Fest - Seattle, WA 98103-8650

Wednesday November 15th - Pizza on the Park, 11-13 Knightsbridge, London UK- - 1st night of a 2 night residency as part of the
London Jazz Festival
Thursday November 16th - Pizza on the Park, 11-13 Knightsbridge, London UK- - 2nd night of a 2 night residency as part of the
London Jazz Festival
Friday Nov. 17th BimHuis, Amsterdam, Holland
Saturday, Nov. 18th Taktlos Festival, Bern, Switzerland
Tuesday, Nov. 21st Porgy and Bess, Vienna, Austria]
Thursday, Nov. 23rd Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Saturday, September 23 - East Coast Music Camp - 4819 St. Elmo Avenue - Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 913 5757

Thursday, October 19th - Fac de Jussieu - (Universite Paris VII, Amphi 24) - Paris, France - 8.30pm

April 13th, 14th & 15th, 2007 - Rock In Opposition - French Event - Maison de la Musique -Cap’Découverte - 81450 LE GARRIC (Carmaux) - France

April 13th, 14th & 15th, 2007 - Rock In Opposition - French Event - Maison de la Musique -Cap’Découverte - 81450 LE GARRIC (Carmaux) - France

THE MICROSCOPIC SEPTET (special one-time only reunion of the ENTIRE original band, in celebration of the reissue of their albums)
November 30 - World Cafe Live
December 2 - Joe’s Pub - NYC, NYC
December 6-20 (Europe) - more details as we get them

Saturday, September 16 - appearing at the first Festival des Musiques Progressives - Gesù - Centre de Créativité, 1200 De Bleury Street, Montreal (Quebec) Canada

October 21 - Progsol Festival - Grenchen, CH-2540, SwitzerlandApril 13th, 14th & 15th, 2007 - Rock In Opposition - French Event - Maison de la Musique -Cap’Découverte - 81450 LE GARRIC (Carmaux) - France

end of October - Venice, Italy
Japanese tour with Jerome Schmidt and Antoine Paganotti.
November 29 - Rosa - Tokyo, Japan
November 30 - Rosa - Tokyo, Japan
December 1 - Star Pine’s Cafe - Tokyo, Japan
December 2 - Star Pine’s Cafe - Tokyo, Japan
December 3 - Shangrila - Osaka, Japan
December 4 - Day Trip - Nagoya, Japan

Thursday, September 21 - SONAR - 407 East Saratoga St., Baltimore, MD (410) 327 8333 - $20.00/ 7:00 doors/8:00 show (early for us old folks) Purchase a ticket from Ticketmaster or Purchast a ticket from Wayside Music (no service charge!)

April 13th, 14th & 15th, 2007 - Rock In Opposition - French Event - Maison de la Musique -Cap’Découverte - 81450 LE GARRIC (Carmaux) - France

October 10 - Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria, UK
October 15 - Marsden Jazz Festival, Marsden, Yorkshire, UK
November 17 - The Junction, Cambridge (benefit concert)

December 1 - Alternativa Festival - Archa Theatre - Na Porici 26 - 110 00 Praha 1 - Czech Republic (221) 716 333March 21-24, 2007 - Bajaprog, Mexicali, Mexico
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06/09/2006 news [06 Sep 2006|12:06pm]

  • St. Louis to Host Maynard Ferguson Tribute Concert TICKETS ON SALE TODAY at 10am to Honor the Jazz Legend at a Special Performance on September 20th. ST. LOUIS--The Maynard Ferguson Family, in association with Steve Schankman and Contemporary Productions, will present a tribute to Maynard Ferguson on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of University of Missouri - St. Louis. The concert will be dedicated to the life and music of legendary musician and band leader, known as "The Boss," who passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at the age of 78. Artists performing at this special concert will include the current Big Bop Nouveau Band and some of the many lead trumpeters and soloists from Maynard Ferguson's alumni. Those who have confirmed attendance include Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Mike Dubaniewicz, Carl Fischer, Chip McNeill, Peter Olstad, Reggie Watkins, Steve Wiest and many more to come. To find out new additions to the show, please continue to check www.maynardferguson.com for complete updates...

  • Brian Allen NY Performances this week: Brian Allen (trombone) with Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone) and Gerald Cleaver (drums) Wednesday, September 6 at Barbes, Brooklyn, NY 10pm www.barbesbrooklyn.com 376 9th Street (corner of 6th ave. Park Slope) The Kris Davis Quartet with Tony Malaby, Eivind Opsvik and Jeff Davis plays at 8pm...

  • Karen Oberlin Is Pleased To Announce Her Upcoming Appearance at The Metropolitan Room September 14-17 Show title: Like Love: The Popular Songs of Andre Previn Dates: Thursday, September 14 7pm Friday, September 15 7pm Saturday, September 16 7pm Sunday, September 17 4pm The Metropolitan Room 34 West 22nd Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues) NYC...

  • Psychoscout (Crammed Discs CRAM 128), the new CD from the Belgian big band Flat Earth Society (FES), will be released in America on September 26th through Ryko Distribution. Founded in 1998 by clarinetist/composer Peter Vermeersch, the group mixes whimsy and sophistication into a dynamic trademark sound that embraces influences ranging from rock to avant-garde classical to cartoon music...

  • September 6th, 11 pm! HARRI STOJKA A Tribute To Gypsy Swing at THE LIVING ROOM 154 Ludlow St. NYC 10002 212-533-7235 http://www.livingroomny.com/ HARRI STOJKA'S CD A TRIBUTE TO GYPSY SWING OUT NOW ON ZOHO MUSIC "Harri Stojka is a Roma Gypsy born in Vienna and raised with a guitar in his hands. His Tribute to Gypsy Guitar immediately brings to mind Django Reinhardt and his Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Stojka and his quartet, with guest violinist Eva Berky, do cover several tunes associated with Reinhardt, including "Avalon," "Nuages" and "Limehouse Blues." The album, however, is a valentine to a guitar style, not simply to Reinhardt. Among the many treats are an elegant version of Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" and the delightful cover of Sammy Cahn's "Bei Mir Bist Du Scheen." Stojka is a fluent, agile guitarist with a flair for arranging and the sense to work with superb sidemen"--Philip Van Vleck, Billboard

  • The Andrea Wolper Trio, with Michael Howell on guitar and Ken Filiano on bass, returns to The Bacchus Room on Thursday, Sept. 7th. The trio, which played to a packed at the Bacchus Room in early July, looks forward to returning. Thursday, Sept. 7th 8 - 11 pm The Bacchus Room at Bonafides 60 Second Ave...

NEW CD Reviews at AAJ

09/05/2006 news [05 Sep 2006|11:15am]
Music news

  • Rory Ridley-Duff from the English band Protos has released two new CDs on his own independant label. Check his site to listen to samples.

  • Guys from Forgotten Suns have announced live schedule and said that they’re recording their 3rd studio album now.

  • David Binney (New York altoist, a tremendous improviser, a prolific composer, a tireless bandleader and a reliable sideman) was interviewed at AAJ

  • Net Dot Music, Inc. announces the simultaneous release of four new full-length CDs in the jazz/world fusion genres by bass guitar and keyboard player Gino Foti. Orbis Terrarum (14 tracks, 66:10) - Exploring the relationships between diverse musical traditions and the dichotomy of rhythm and melody of the bass guitar, this aural travelogue blends intricate ethnic rhythms, spacious melodies, and flowing solos with the passion, intensity, romanticism, and introspection usually associated with first-generation jazz-rock and world fusion artists.

Gig announces

  • Pianist Uri Caine kicks off the new 'Philadelphia Series' at the Slought Foundation on October 12, 2006.

    October 12, 8:00 pm
    Tickets - $15 ($12 for students)

    Slought Foundation
    4017 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-3513
    Ph: 215.222.9050 | Slought.org

New Reviews

All About Jazz

R.I.P., Dewey Redman [04 Sep 2006|06:05pm]
Unfortunaly the second non-news post in the our blog is dedicated to death another cult music figure again. It is a jazz-saxophonist Dewey Redman at that time.

From his first gig, in a Baptist Church, to high school and Prairie View A&M University, playing march, concert and swing music, on through various rhythm and blues and jazz groups, Dewey Redman has achieved high respect and gained prominence in the music world. Dewey left a teaching career and weekend gig for full-rime duty as a musician. Finding San Francisco with a thriving jazz community, he settled down for a while, studying, playing and gaining needed experience for the ultimate trip to New York.
Pharoah Sanders, Rafael Garrett and Monte Waters, with whom he co-led a big band, writing and arranging original music, were among many musicians he knew and worked with in San Francisco. During this period he recorded his first album, Look for the Black Star, still being sold today. After coming to New York, Dewey was re-acquainted with Ornette Coleman, an old high school friend. Coleman recognized Redman's talent, and a four year association began. While on a European tour with Coleman, Redman recorded his 2nd album Tarik (1969), named for his newborn son. Many other albums were made with Ornette.
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Cunenews [04 Sep 2006|01:37pm]
"Zepto" - NeBeLNeST Nebelnest emerged with a bang out of France, with an excellent first album in 1998 and a second well received album in 2002. An instrumental quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, on their third album, Nebelnest add more elements of found-sound, noise, improvisation and dissonance to their uniquely post-punk take on dark symphonic rock, updating and punishing that sound beyond recognizable and reaching a whole new audience with it as well. Recorded during a time of chaos and transition for the band - their original guitarist appears on some of the album, as well as his replacement, who has also since left - the uncertainly that they were dealing with filled their music with an exciting tension. Happily, since the album was recorded, they have found a new replacement guitarist and have been busier playing concerts than during anytime in recent years.

"Extreme Spirituals" - Birdsongs of the Mesozoic and Oral MosesFor their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve and link up with bass-baritone vocalists Oral Moses, one of the preeminent African-American performers of traditional spirituals. The band demolish all preconceptions about themselves by presenting a program of heavily rearranged, well known African-American spirituals and 19th century art songs. The blend of Birdsongs' cutting-edge instrumentation with the strength and majesty of Moses' voice creates a very unorthodox yet deeply moving sound, which The Noise called, "Totally sublime and deeply moving." This collaboration represents a new experiment from all parties - something of a meeting at the crossroads between two creative parties passing in very different directions. Together they bring these centuries-old songs kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

"Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros Vol.1" - Microscopic SeptetActive for a dozen years, the Microscopic Septet were widely recognized as "New York's Most Famous Unknown Band." The group started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, piano, bass and drums) that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era. However, they employed these textures to address a widely eclectic range of styles, from free-form music to R&B, rhumbas and ragtime. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding orchestration and inspired soloing. Beloved in New York, where they generally drew capacity crowds, "The Micros" were one of the most celebrated of the many cutting-edge units associated with experimental music's best-known venue, the Knitting Factory, during the peak years of the "Downtown" music movement in the mid 1980s onward. This beautifully packaged and annotated set includes new cover artwork by Pulitzer-prize winning illustrator Art Spiegelman, new notes by leader Phillip Johnston, lots of great photographs and newly remastered versions of the first two albums by the band: "Take The Z Train" and "Let's Flip!", as well as quite a lot of never-before released material, including the well-known theme to the NPR show Fresh Air. The majority of this set has never appeared on CD and all of it has been unavailable for a number of years.

"Surrealistic Swing" - Microscopic Septet"The Microscopic Septet was one of the most distinctive jazz ensembles in New York during the '80s and early '90s. Combining a love for the big-band sound with a progressive approach to arrangement and composition, the Micros managed to be nostalgic and futuristic at the same time." - All Music Guide

"Metatron" - Richard PinhasMetatron is over 2 hours of spacey and flowing music that isn't afraid to rock out completely as well, by French electronic rock pioneer Richard Pinhas (on guitar and electronics), with Jerome Schmidt on laptop, drummer Antoine Paganotti (Magma) and ex-Heldon members Didier Batard (bass), Patrick Gauthier (minimoog) and Alain Renaud (guitar), as well as Chuck Oken, Jr. (Djam Karet) on synths and Philipe Simon on violin on one track each. While a lot of this is definitely comparable to Tranzition, his great last album, there really is a lot more rock involved this time around, as there are drums on the great majority of tracks. In addition to all the great music, there is a QuickTime video with footage from Richard and Jerome's 2004 North American tour.

"Middle Earth Masters" - Soft MachineThe Soft Machine were one of England's original and best psychedelic bands, emerging out of the same "UFO Club" London scene at the same time as Pink Floyd. While the band would always undergo constant personnel and stylistic change, their best known lineup in their psychedelic days was the trio of Kevin Ayers-bass, guitar, vocals, Mike Ratledge-organ and Robert Wyatt-drums, vocals. They played many shows and built an audience in “swinging London” and beyond. A link with Jimi Hendrix’s management culminated in the Softs touring the USA with the Jimi Hendrix Experience two different times in 1968, playing over 60 shows as their opening act and recording their first album while in the USA during their touring, after which the band collapsed and disbanded...temporarily. Middle Earth Masters captures the 1967-era Soft Machine trio in full concert glory, recorded live at London's legendary Middle Earth club. The performance is unbelievably freaky for 1967, with songs that feature unusual structures linked by wild solos and improvisations. Those of you who know and love the first Soft Machine album will be amazed at how much more insane and insanely loud the band actually were and also surprised to hear that Mike Ratledge was doing the crazy solo fuzz organ parts (ala the opening of Facelift) in 1967. Includes rare, previously unissued photographs and a short essay by Michael King about these tapes and his work to make them sound as good as possible.

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09/04/2006 news [04 Sep 2006|12:11pm]

  • Dewey Redman passed away on September 2nd at age 75 following a massive stroke. Probably his music will finally receive the level of recognition it always deserved.

  • Charlie Haden and his Liberation Music Orchestra will perform on the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Democracy Now. As well as Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, David Goodman and Bernard White, spoken word artist Sarah Jones and folksinger Dar Williams.

  • Prog-rock-festival PROG IN THE PARK (Rochester, New York, October 7-8) has announced the line-up: Steve Howe, Tunnels (with Percy Jones), The Flower Kings, Gende's (Gentle) Giant Tribute, Helmet of Gnats, Karcius, Vonfrickle, Might Could

  • John Coltrane Jazz Festival Giant Steps was rescheduled to Saturday, September 23rd, which is Coltrane's birthday...

  • Guy Manning from Tangent said that he has showed some sound byte edits of all the new Anser's Tree tracks on his Burnside website & 2 whole tracks to listen to on his MySpace site.

  • Celtic Frost has completed a video for "A Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh," from the band’s celebrated 2006 release Monotheist. Directed by Jessie Fischer the video was filmed this month in Zurich, Switzerland. It will be available for download Sept. 5th from the band's website, and at the Century Media website.

  • Swedish band Andromeda are confirmed for a support slot at Pendragon's "21st Anniversary Of The Jewel" concert. This special event will take place on 31st October in Wyspianski Theater in Katowice (Poland) and will be recorded for the future DVD releases from Pendragon, Neo (super group with Clive Nolan - Arena/Pendragon/Shadowland, John Jowitt - IQ/Jadis, Andy Edwards - IQ, Mark Westwood - Martin Orford Band, Nick Barrett - Pendragon, Alan Reed - Pallas) and Andromeda.

  • Amaseffer has finished the first CD of the EXODUS trilogy. The band are now in pre-production in Israel before they go into Bazement Studio in Germany on December 1st.

  • German High Wheel has signed with Progress Records in Sweden. First High Wheel album out will be a 2CD live album to be released in late November 2006. Their four - sold out - studio albums will be re-mastered and re-released with improved booklets during spring 2007.

  • Zenit has canceled their show at Montreux Prog Nights on October 7, because of severe injury of bass player Andy Thommen.

  • Guelph Jazz Festival in September 6-8 festival will have plenty of toe-tapping, highly danceable klezmer music and even a taste of Dixieland - something hardly ever heard at this avante-garde event - artistic director Ajay Heble doesn't want to say this edition of the festival has more accessible music than most.

  • Scott McGill and drummer/programmer Ritchie DeCarlo will be appearing at an all weekend long Fretless Guitar Festival at The Knitting Factory in New York City. Their appearence will be on Saturday Night September 30th at 9:30 pm featuring Scott on Fretless Guitar and Ritchie on all manner of Percussion instruments and effects. They will be playing new material from an upcoming c.d. entitled "Awareness" that will be released in mid September.
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Pip Pyle, rest in peace, man... [02 Sep 2006|02:44pm]
Less than a week ago we lost the one of the best drummer on the progressive-rock scene. We really miss him and we really love him. His participation in canterburry music cannot be overemphasized. Let’s try to remember about him as long as we are alive.

Pyle was born in Sawbridgeworth (Hertfordshire) in 1950. Why 'Pip', by the way? "Well, Pip is diminutive for Philip, as you'd probably guessed. My father changed his mind when I was two weeks old. Perhaps Philip was too long a word for him...". Pyle became friends with Phil Miller in the early 50's... yes, that's right, they actually went to kindergarten together! It was also during this period that Pyle started playing on biscuit tins. Although he took a few lessons from jazz drummer Buzz Greene, he is largely self-taught.

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7 Year Itch - Pip Pyle

Equipe Out - Pip Pyle

Short Wave - Pip Pyle

news 09/01/2006 [01 Sep 2006|05:59pm]
Some gig news!

Greg Lake's UK tour starts 03 September 2006 in Cardiff. Full dates below:

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Complete Fall 2006 Firehouse 12 Concert Season:

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David Berkman Quartet at Firehouse 12 (Friday, October 6th at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m.)

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Brotzmann / Bennink on Tour in Northeast US (October, 2006)

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Anthony Braxton at Wesleyan (Wednesday, December 06, 2006, 08:00 PM)

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BajaProg (March 21 to March 24, 2007)

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Brotzmann interview for JazzWeekly


I spent four years looking for, in fact scouring, record stores (fuck you Tower Records), used record stores (thank you Amoeba) and various shitty internet sites from New York to Boston to Los Angeles and Chicago for a copy of Peter Brotzmann’s Machine Gun. It was only a few months ago that I was able to find a copy of my holy grail (thank you Berkeley). Was it worth the wait? You better fucking believe it. It is, in my humble opinion, the free jazz recording of my time. What luck that Brotzmann is still as prolific as ever and I am able to witness first hand creativity in the making. It is truly an honor for me to present such a man onto our Roadshow babies. Enjoy folks, this one is a keeper. As always, I bring it to you unedited and in his own words. (click for more)

Coming soon

Dream Theater, Score (2DVD/3CD) 8/29
Stiltskin, She 9/4
Galahad, Resonance, Live in Poland (DVD) 9/11
Pendragon, Now Everybody to the Stage (DVD) 9/11
The Mars Volta, Amputecture 9/12
Icon, Live, Never in a Million Years 9/21
Porcupine Tree, Arriving Somewhere (DVD) 10/10
Guy Manning, Anser's Tree 10/24
Icon, Rubicon 11/10

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Incredible String Band, The - The Incredible String Band
Ocrilim – Anoint
Soft Machine – Virtually


Djam Karet, Recollection Harvest/Indian Summer 2005
Eyestrings, Consumption 2005
Rush, R30 (CDs, DVD teaser) 2005
King Crimson, The 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Volume Two, 1981-2003 2005
Riverside, Voices in My Head 2005
Ring of Myth, Weeds 2005
Leger de Main, A Lasting Impression 2005
Eccentric Orbit, Attack of the Martians 2003

All About Jazz

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten - Quintet
Jason Rigby - Translucent Space
Ike Quebec - It Might As Well Be Spring
Oliver Gannon & Bill Coon - Two Much Guitar
Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann - Escapade

[01 Sep 2006|01:37pm]
Hi, there! It is gonna be a glorious music blog, because today is the Knowledge Day. Anyway, there will be a lot of music stuff: news from all over the world, my personal album reviews (with links were you should by it), retrospective reviews of old good famous groups, presentation of new modern and genius bands and stories about non-famous or misunderstood collectives. Our subject is progressive rock in all its kinds, jazz (for the most part in non-mainstream variations), some electronic music such as post-rock, idm; and also I’ll try to not forget about great avant-garde music scene. Some materials will be works of authorship but there will be much more compiled articles. Ok, let us begin! You don’t need surf the Internet in search of news, interesting articles and interviews, we’ve already done it for you!

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