Category: prog

Ghost Rhythms – Live At Yoshiwara [Cuneiform Records 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 29, 2019 0

Live at Yoshiwara is like a kaleidoscope: simple, yet complicated; intuitive, yet brainy; rejoycing, yet haunting. Classical cadences, jazz brass energy, proggish breaks, afro and folk influences all cooperate around catchy melodies. The audience discovers new feats under the surface of every bar turning into another. A manifesto of non-existent places of music in the fictionary universe of Ghost Rhythms

Samuel Hällkvist Dekorum – Live [Boogiepost 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 6, 2019 0

Conscious I am liable of that concise flattery typical of many magazines reviews, I can’t escape calling Samuel Hällkvist Dekorum live album as the perfect example of what would happen if “Bill Frisell played King Crimson’s Frame by Frame“. Boldly mixing americana flavors with flamboyant interlocking guitars within the framework of a raw and aggressive energy, the Swedish guitarist and his quartet Dekorum craft a piece of music that is way more intricate than it seems

PoiL – Sus [Dur et Doux 2019]

By Marcello Nardi May 3, 2019 0

Sus is a show of force, an aggressive mixture of weird elements that PoiL craft with masterful skill. They never juxtapose different styles for the sole purpose of creating explosive effects, while they want to create a narration, connecting distant elements, that might range from math rock, to folk, to extreme metal, showing a virtuoso playing together with a virtuoso writing

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar [MoonJune 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 23, 2019 0

When I go to a concert I like to hear the ideas behind the actual music and how these ideas unfold and evolve over the course of time. In other words, I’m always interested in a process that is based on a good and interesting idea which is presented in a very clear and transparent way. The idea itself can be very simple, but it should have the potential to create complex and interesting results. With Sonar we often very slowly build up a piece where one instrument starts and then others join in. In that way, you can clearly… Continue reading

Playlist 2018

By Marcello Nardi Dec 22, 2018 0

Playlist 2018 Antonio Sanchez & Migration – Lines in the Sand David Lang – The Day Michael Gordon and Kronos Quartet – Clouded Yellow Nik Bartsch’s Ronin – Awase Dinosaur – Wonder Trail David Kollar Arve Henriksen – Illusions of a Separate World Quartet Diminished – Station Two Perfect Beings – Vier Trio Heinz Herbert – Yes Ingrid Laubrock – Contemporary Chaos Practices – Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists Makaya McCraven – Universal Beings Syndone – Mysoginia Xavi Reija – The Sound of the Earth Mark Wingfield – Tales from the Dreaming City Dominique Vantomme – Vegir Dwiki Dharmawan – Rumah Batu John… Continue reading

Antonio Sanchez – Lines in the Sand [CamJazz 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 5, 2018 0

When in 2005 Pat Metheny Group released The Way Up, a monumental almost 70-minutes suite made of 4 tracks crossing so many genres that would be hardly filed only in the jazz label, it became an instant success and a recording appearing in most of the best-of-the-year lists. Summoning one of the best creative and pushing forward moments of the long-living band, it resulted a redefining footstep of how an unexpected epic narrative could be developed by a jazz artist. Looking back at the past, I personally felt like a bridge was made between my jazz and progressive rock listenings:… Continue reading