Murray Head — Restless
(Voiceprint Headcase GAH112CD, 1984/2001, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2002-09-01
Murray Head is one of those few mid-60s singer/songwriters who seems at home on the silver screen as much as in a recording studio. In a career that has spanned almost four decades, it's clear that this restless soul has had much to accomplish in this life as evidenced by three new archival releases from Voiceprint. The re-issue of Nigel Lived from 1972 is reviewed elsewhere in this issue and can be considered a true classic of the period as well as in the singer/songwriter genre. In contrast, the mid-80s weren't such an unproductive period for Head since he retired to France with a crackshot group to record a series of ten light pop/radio targeted pieces. Long time friend and Caravan member, Geoff Richardson provides string accompaniment along with Simon Jeffes arrangements (both of whom were with the acclaimed Penguin Café Orchestra). Bassist Ian Maidman (ex-David Sylvian and now with Annie Whitehead) and noted drummer Danny Cummins provide a stable rhythm section for standard rock tunes. "Modern Boy" typifies the sessions with bright synth chords and blaring guitar parallel to other period works by the Fixx or Bryan Adams. "Peril in Venice" is an oddity if only due its darker scope and brooding theme. The other track that has more substance to it is "African Tourist" where the composer belies the plight of visitors who disturb the outback.
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more
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
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