Exposé Online banner

Badirov Project — Greeting from Nostradamus
(Unicorn Digital UNCR-5013, 2004, CD)

by Sean McFee, Published 2006-05-01

Greeting from Nostradamus Cover art

Vladimir Badirov is a drummer/percussionist hailing from Uzbekistan. Greeting from Nostradamus comprises eleven tracks of ethnic jazz fusion with Badirov’s drums and keyboard programming assisted by several other musicians on standard rock instrumentation but also horns, strings (including the sato), woodwinds (including clarinet and nay), doudouk, oud, and so on. The tracks “Nomad in Time” and “Lay Back, Nasretdin!” also benefit from a vocalist Ravshan Namazov, who comes in somewhere between Peter Gabriel’s “Across the River” and American scat singing to interesting effect. Badirov generally lays down a highly percussive ethnic groove and allows the other musicians to play over this. The mood of a track can very a great deal depending on who else is playing, and what they are playing. Some material is more typical guitar-fusion, closer to a Western sound. The release is at its most interesting when it’s at its most exotic, which is quite often. Three bonus tracks featuring alternate takes help round out the release.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Vladimir Badirov

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
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

2017-04-16
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


Previously in Exposé...

Os Mundi - Latin Mass – Os Mundi were a German rock outfit that released two albums, the latter 43 Minuten was originally on the Brain 1000 series. Latin Mass was quite a different release than the typically Kraut Rock 43...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues