Audio Cologne Project — 2911.
((Not on label) no#, 2013, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2013-11-05Köln Germany is known for many things: its music scene, the Roman influence, the Dom Cathedral, and its famous Eau de Cologne 4711. Uwe Cremer’s (aka Level ∏) and Dave Pearson’s (aka computerchemist) new Audio Cologne Project is a musical double entendre. And the cover art completes it with its pseudo-4711 label. Those of you familiar with 4711 know how refreshing this cologne water is and that carries over to the music. There are two guys jumping for joy on the cover because they are refreshed and excited about the music! And rightly so. From the very first chord, Uwe and Dave kick into high gear some of the best instrumental Krautrock you will hear since its heyday in the 70s. The first track is the nearly 19-minute “Chemist’s Bike” that alternates between powerful guitar solos and quite interludes interspersed with sequencers, Mellotron, and drums. It has a definite retro 70s/80s vibe and never gets tired or worn out. The next track is “Crazy Bongos” that opens with piano and quietly builds to a crazy synth voice spelling the song title. The third track is “Spieluhr” or music box, which is how this 20-minute track opens. There is a Tangerine Dream post-Phaedra influence running throughout complimenting the mid-Eastern and Persian themes. The fourth track is “Grobmotorik” that is a modern acoustic nod to Klaus Dinger, Neu!, and La Dusseldorf. “Mind the Gap” is another long track clocking in at about 18 minutes that starts out slow and quiet and evolves into some excellent jazz fusion, but it is a bit too long to sustain interest. The final track “Akustisch” is what you would get if you grafted The Gypsy Kings to Krautrock. Uwe purely and simply outdoes himself on Spanish guitar! So slap on some 2911 and pamper yourself for the next 70 minutes.
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Jack o' the Clock and Zero Times Everything, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more