An all-instrumental group that mixed prog metal and jazz fusion with the more ethereal sounds of King Crimson, Gordian Knot was the project of bassist/stick player/keyboardist Sean Malone with several collaborators including guitarist Trey Gunn of King Crimson and former Cynic drummer Sean Reinert. Gordian Knot also included guitarists Ron Jarzombek and Glenn Snelwar. As well as playing atmospheric and heavy progressive music, the group also experimented on their eponymous debut with Eastern-influenced pieces. Malone soon began working on a sequel with a whole new roster of prog rock guests, including former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and former Yes drummer Bill Bruford.
During the war against advanced colo-rectal cancer (from 2006), which included two primary tumors and two recurrences, Fred Ho, hammered by massive chemo and radiation, found inspiration in the fight for his life from watching movies of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. Ali s bold, militant, defiant and spirited resistance to the forces of American racism, combined with his élan, grace and humor (both poetical and personal), his indisputable athletic abilities and genius, and the inspiration to the world s peoples (especially the oppressed) and their embrace of him, served as constant inspiration to Fred Ho. During one of his recovery periods, Ho decided to compose a work for his Green Monster Big Band to honor The Greatest.
Disco and funk combine on Phat Trax: The Best of Old School, Vol. 5, which pays tribute to the sounds that inspired hip-hop. Rolling, voluptuous basslines, uptight guitars, and vibrant brass sections drive tracks like the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," the Emotions' "Best of My Love," and Cheryl Lynn's "Got to Be Real," bridging the gap between funk and disco and providing countless rap and hip-hop artists with ample sampling material. Heatwave's "Groove Line," Natalie Cole's "Be Thankful," GQ's "Disco Nights (Rock Freak)," and the Dazz Band's "Joystick" are among the other highlights of this funky, stylish compilation, which documents just how integral these songs were to hip-hop's development.
A la tête d’un orchestre époustouflant, Christophe Dal Sasso retrace en musique deux siècles d’histoire de l’un des plus prestigieux vignobles de Bordeaux. Habitée par le souffle du jazz, cette suite pour big band restitue en onze tableaux la tumultueuse saga de Château Palmer, sous la plume fertile de l’un des grands orchestrateurs de notre époque (Yusef Lateef, Milton Nascimento, les frères Belmondo, David Liebman…). Une œuvre épique à la mesure du cru d’exception qui l’a inspirée.
Under the expert guidance of Peter Holman, as formidable a scholar of the period as he is experienced executant, these performances by the Parley of Instruments remain as fresh and incisive as on their first appearance over a decade ago. With no special interpretative axe to grind, they remain classic accounts, deserving of a place in anyone’s CD collection, specialist and general listener alike.