Mother Black Cap are a British five piece band playing a brand of progressive rock music with its roots firmly in the Genesis, Pendragon, Grey Lady Down and The Gift territory. The second album ("The English Way", 2009) comprises seven tracks ranging from a minute to 17 minutes, the longer tracks giving the band time and scope for thematic developments from beautiful piano to pulsing synthesizer work and great melodic guitar solos. The stunning epic opus The English Way has thoughtful lyrics about how England and its culture has changed (for the better or worse?) over the last few decades. As well as the philosophical lyrics there are instrumental passages giving dramatic and dynamic changes with power and grace. An album that will appeal to those who like both vintage and modern progressive music…
A spinoff of its parent magazine, Classic Rock Presents Prog takes a look at progressive music and the artists who weave them together. Each issue takes a soul-searching foray into the hearts and minds of the heroes of rock, reviewing both new and old releases. Building upon the history of some of the most genre-defining pieces ever devised and those who followed who continue to refine, revolutionise and completely discard the formulas of those who came before. Reflecting on the proud genesis of this unexpected genre, Classic Rock Presents Prog is an able tutor for those in the dark about the evolution of progressive music, and a tonic for existing fans.
This band is connected to their compatriots Runaway Totem not only by their name, but also by the fact that drummer Uto Giorgio Golin and bassist Dauno Giuseppe Buttiglione, here joined by vocalist Ana Torres Fraile, keyboardist Marco Zanfei and a large group of guest musicians, used to be the rhythm section for Runaway Totem. Like Runaway Totem, Universal Totem Orchestra have their roots in a rather guitar-heavy version of zeuhl, but UTO mix this with a gamut influences ranging from symphonic rock to world music and beyond.
A tribute to her musical hero, Nina Simone, Black Orchid is the fourth studio album from British-Malawi jazz vocalist and protegee of Nouvelle Star judge Andre Manoukian, Malia. The self-produced follow-up to 2007's Young Bones includes 13 interpretations of the legendary singer's biggest hits, including "My Baby Just Cares for Me," "Feeling Good," and "I Put a Spell on You."