In 2001 Skeem presented itself with a self-titled debut that was just the right album. Following the release of his creation Serge Barbaro was kept busy with other musical projects; eventually disbanding further work with Skeem sometime around 2005. …And now, 12 years later, there's suddenly a new album.
Neo Progressive rock is a musical style dominated by Great-Britain since the Eighties. While its historic bands IQ and PENDRAGON keep on with their careers with a true success, numerous modern line-ups try to perpetuate this now tradition. If the Dutch and Italians were able to significantly erode this monopoly, the French are still waiting… ARRAKEEN was the sole exception to this rule and got a relative success in the early Nineties. Nowadays, SKEEM goes for it again, and with great style ! Not only does it have excellent vocal lines in English (Comparable to JADIS's Gary CHANDLER), but also Serge BARBARO himself performs excellent keyboards and guitar parts that can remind both of Sylvain GOUVERNAIRE and Nick BARRETT. The line-up also includes a perfect rhythm section, given that it's no less than that of…
Peppy Castro ! Considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era has done it all. He is a successful seasoned professional with great variety in his music! His fame and 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group," The Blues Magoos”. His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Diana Ross, Kiss and Cher, among others. He is also Emmy nominated and an award-winning playwright and multi-instrumentalist, having penned and or performed hundreds of well-known jingles for decades…
This Just In, Gilad Hekselman's fourth album, is by far his most exciting. It plays out like a news broadcast, peppered with short, improvised news breaks that highlight his compositions and their openness to a multitude of influences. Jazz, rock, folk, African, Israeli and North Indian classical music are dispersed throughout the album where Hekselman's harmonic creativity and rhythmic mastery prove to be natural elements of the melodic virtuosity that has become his trademark. Leading his powerful trio with Joe Martin on bass, Marcus Gilmore on drums and guest saxophonist Mark Turner on two tracks, Gilad Hekselman's deliciously dynamic music truly shines.
An accomplished musician known for his prowess on electric bass, Tom Kennedy fronts a nine-piece ensemble of top-notch players delivering engaging new interpretations of well-known jazz standards on Just Play!, his fourth album as leader. While much of his experience performing progressive and mainstream jazz has been on the electric bass, Kennedy's first experience began on double bass at the age of eleven. Here, the bassist leads the performance on his vintage St. Louis legend Jerry Cherry Bohemian upright bass.
The musicians in the Venom Blues band have, collectively, well over one hundred years of experience in playing live music. Put those years of experience together with a sincere dedication to the beginning roots of the blues, and you have a potent mixture for a great sounding band. As a six piece act which features two percussionists, harmonica, and a saxophone in addition to guitar and bass players, and you have all the makings for a great live blues show.
Phil Robins, lead guitar and vocalist says, “ The musical dynamics and variety of styles that Venom Blues plays during our live shows always leaves the crowd wanting more. We don’t play your typical grandma style of blues, so come prepared to hear something special and unique.”
There’s nothing to compare to the sound of an amplified Hohner Marine Band harmonica in the hands (and mouth) of a master like Little Walter, Walter Horton, Snooky Pryor or Sonny Boy Williamson. All of them were just as adept with the unamplified specimen but the addition of electricity takes this miniscule instrument into a different realm. Many musicians heard here were disciples in one way or another of John Lee Williamson (the original Sonny Boy), who played his harp through a microphone in clubs but never recorded that way. The list of these men is a long one, including Billy Boy Arnold, Walter Mitchell, Doctor Ross, Forrest City Joe and Robert Richard, while Little Walter influenced younger men like Junior Wells, Jerry McCain, James Cotton and George Smith.