Al Gold: Al Gold’s Paradise (2020)

Al Gold: Al Gold’s Paradise (2020)

Here we have a new album from New Jersey-based bluesman Al Gold, which certainly doesn’t sound as if it is brand new (apart from the sound) as this is old school blues with nothing fancy, just plenty of emotion and strut. Working alongside him is his band the Suburban...
Albare: Two Decades of Jazz (2014)

Albare: Two Decades of Jazz (2014)

Released towards the end of 2014, this album is exactly what it purports to be, a personal collection of tunes from Albare to celebrate his 20 years in music. It also includes music from his first two albums, ‘Acid Love’ and ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’ which at...
Albare: Albare Plays Jobim (2020)

Albare: Albare Plays Jobim (2020)

Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim was a Brazilian composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and singer who is widely considered to be one of the great exponents of Brazilian music. He had a huge influence on a young Albare who saw the 1959 film ‘Orfeu Negro’...
Biff Byford: School of Hard Knocks (2020)

Biff Byford: School of Hard Knocks (2020)

A little over 40 years ago I experienced my first ever hard rock/metal gig when I went to Torquay Town Hall to witness Saxon on their Wheels of Steel Tour, supported by Tygers of Pan Tang. If I thought my head been blown to pieces by TOPT nothing prepared me for Saxon...
Black Swan: Shake The World (2020)

Black Swan: Shake The World (2020)

The band name may be a new one, but anyone who has been interested in hard rock will recognise everyone involved given this is the debut from singer Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The...
The Coachella Valley Trio: Mid Century Modern (2019)

The Coachella Valley Trio: Mid Century Modern (2019)

The trio in question is Doug MacDonald (guitar), Larry Holloway (bass) and Tim Pleasant (drums) along with guest Big Black (djembe) who plays on six of the 11 instrumentals on offer. Apparently, the trio came together for a regular gig on Wednesday night’s at AJ’s On...
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