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McGill Manring Stevens new CD
Latest News - Music News
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Mixing a complex blend of heavy fusion, jazz, classical, and progressive rock, Scott McGill, progressive guitarist sets a new standard for guitar virtuosity not often seen in today's world of overnight "rock sensations" and studio-born lip-sync teen supergroups. His unique vision reaches far beyond the conventional formula to create music that is destined to stand the test of time. Scott McGill/Michael Manring/Vic Stevens Scott and his bandmates, Grammy-nominated bassist Michael Manring and drummer Vic Stevens, create a high-energy, high-density wall of blistering and unapologetic jazz-rock fusion, which makes for a challenging and entertaining listen. Their live show retains that energy and more.

McGill/Manring/Stevens - What We Do The new CD "What We Do" from McGill/Manring/Stevens is now available for sale. Like it's predecessor, this is a double CD. The first CD is officially "What We Do," a selection of jazz standards given the MMS touch, mixed and mastered by the legendary David Torn. The second CD is a live recording from 2001.

(http://www.scottmcgill.com/ )

The Lasers Edge writes on the album:

"One night of the band's two-week "Controlled By Radar" tour found Scott McGill, Michael Manring, and Vic Stevens booked into a jazz club in Boston. The fusion trio quickly adapted, adding some choice jazz standards to their set list…but with a twist. They performed these classsics their way – a mixture of straight up jazz, fusion and skronk. The crowd was blown away by the originality and the band's audacity. As the band continued their tour the list of standards in their set grew and the response was always overwhelming. It was decided that the band's third album would be a collection of contemporary jazz standards done the MMS way. These are three virtuoso musicians that had individually and collectively already made their mark in the world of fusion. Why not go back to their roots?

If the band was going to cause a fissure in the fabric of the jazz community why not go all the way? Noted guitarist and texturalist producer David Torn (Jeff Beck, Kaki King) was asked to mix the album. The man behind the Splattercell project was given free reign to take the unmixed session tapes and "do his thing" and that is exactly what he did. The results defy all the standards of what a jazz album should sound like. It's a mutated soundscape that will make the trio villains to some and hopefully heroes to many.

John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins, among others, composed timeless classics that have been ingrained into the souls of jazz listeners for a generation. "What We Do" takes these compositions, breaks them down and reconstructs them both musically and sonically. It offers a unique and controversial interpretation of these tunes that is pure MMS. What We Do is a punk jazz manifesto for a new generation of jazz fans around the world. "

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2006 )
Slotskrogen DVD - Magic Pie
Latest News - Concert News
Wednesday, 16 August 2006
First live concert DVD with Magic Pie

The live concert DVD from the festival "Slottsskogen goes progressive 2005" is out.

The DVD contains 30 min live concert from each of the festivals participating band including:

A.C.T (Sweden)
Magic Pie (Norway)
Ricocher (Holland)
Violent Silence (Sweden)


(To order the DVD send an email to slottskogen2004@hotmail.com The price is 150 SEK + shipping costs.)


The Slotskrogen festival 2006 was held last weekend in Gothernburg where I was told it rained quite a lot and where the main act was The Tangent. So we can hope a DVD comes from that sometime next year. 




Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2006 )
Xinema - new CD
Latest News - Music News
Wednesday, 16 August 2006

Swedish band XINEMA just released their new CD, four years after their nice debut Different Ways.

The new full leghth cd ”Basic communication”, is the first genuine Xinema album with exclusively new material. Presenting an album of great variety and dynamics, Xinema’s aim as usual, is to deliver a good set of relevant and consistent songs.

The band's motto is: "-A good song is always a good song, regardless of genre.” Speaking of which, you’ll definitly find Xinema in the rock department, be that with an ”artful” or sometimes progressive twist. The new cd comes across as more powerful, articulated and with a bit more attitude than its predecessor ”Different ways”. This is a band that will spare no effort in the process of maintaining their solid musical integrity, and has always done things their own way.

The band Xinema was formed in Sweden 1999 by three friends:

Mikael Askemur (Main vocals, guitar, bass and keyboards), Sven Larsson (Guitar, backing vocals) and Jonas Thurén (Drums, vocals, backing vocals).

One thing led to another and in august of 2002, the band’s debut, the full length CD Different Ways, was released by Unicorn Records. In essence, with a few exceptions it’s a compilation of the older songs from the Madrigal era. Around 2001 though, when Different Ways was completed, another band called Madrigal had emerged on the web. Since the band at that time was newly reformed, a name change was inevitable, and they decided to go for Xinema.


(Unicorn Digital) 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 August 2006 )
Porcupine Tree change label
Latest News - Music News
Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Roadrunner Records issued the following press release today:


Roadrunner Records is delighted to welcome epic rockers PORCUPINE TREE to our family.

Porcupine Tree is unquestionably one of the most difficult-to-categorise and innovative bands out there. The music is breathtaking, ranging from psychedelic trip-hop to progressive metal, and a compendium of other sounds in between.

Evolving from one man’s self-indulgent creative outlet back in 1992, Porcupine Tree has grown into a well respected major-label-signed four-piece who have released several albums. Their most recent, 2005’s ‘Deadwing’, served to further skyrocket the band's renown and they are currently hard at work on a brand new record - set for release on Roadrunner (excluding North America and Japan) in early 2007.

“Porcupine Tree are extremely happy about our new partnership with Roadrunner Records for our forthcoming album,” comments Steven Wilson. “Roadrunner has established itself as one of the world’s premier independent labels for rock music, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about working with them to expand our audience and elevate Porcupine Tree to the next level.”

Porcupine Tree's next album will be issued by Atlantic Records in North America, and WHD in Japan.


Three Porcupine Tree shows are confirmed for Japan in November, all with ProjeKct 6 (Robert Fripp + Adrian Belew) as opening act:

27th - Diamond Hall, Nagoya
28th - Zepp, Osaka
29th - Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 August 2006 )
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