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2014-09-18
Kenny Wheeler RIP – Today we heard of a sad passing in the worlds of jazz and explorational music. Kenny Wheeler was a Canadian-born player of trumpet and flugelhorn as well as an accomplished composer. He was 84 years old, and has been in failing health for some time. His work as a leader, as well as with such diverse figures as Anthony Braxton, Ian Carr, Bill Bruford, David Sylvian, Graham Collier, and scores of others, redefined what a flugelhorn could do and brought many musical worlds together. » Read more

2014-09-07
Amy Denio Seeks funding for a Creative Explosion – The multi- (mega-) talented Amy Denio has a lot of music she'd like to get recorded, but (like so many great artists) finds that money is hard to come by, so she's asking for your help. » Read more

2014-08-30
Glenn Cornick RIP – Glenn Cornick, the original bassist in Jethro Tull, has passed away at his home in Hawaii. He was 67 years old, and had been in hospice care for some time. Cornick appeared on This Was, Stand Up, and Benefit, as well as parts of Living in the Past. » Read more

2014-08-25
Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom Starts Crowd Funding Campaign – Ian Shirley of Record Collector magazine has a Kickstarter Campaign to reissue the lovingly restored music of his former band, The Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom. You can help Ian release this undiscovered music on vinyl! » Read more

2014-08-25
Il Tempio delle Clessidre DVD now out – The DVD of their monumental concert in Seoul in October 2011 is finally released! » Read more

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Spirits Burning & Clearlight — Healthy Music in Large Doses
(Gonzo Multimedia HST117CD, 2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-05-08

Cover artSpirits Burning is the ongoing project of Don Falcone and guests, many of whom appear regularly on most of the releases, including members and ex-members of various space rock bands far and wide, including Hawkwind, High Tide, Gong, The Moor, Universal Totem Orchestra, and many more (too many to enumerate here, it would take up the entire review) as well as members of other past and present bands and projects that Falcone has been involved with, offering wide variety of instrumentation. Clearlight is of course keyboardist Cyrille Verdeaux, who contributes to nearly every track here. The way Spirits Burning works is that the music is passed around to the various participants (many over long distances) where each player contributes their parts, and then when all are done, Falcone edits and mixes the results into what finally gets released. There are a lot of cooks in this kitchen. The result is a potent blend of ideas from a large number of composers and players that can pretty much go anywhere, with elements of rock, jazz, psychedelic, symphonic prog, folk, and electronic music all surfacing at various times across the thirteen tracks presented here. This time out several of the tracks feature vocals and spoken parts (some in French, courtesy Verdeaux) and the overall program leans in more symphonic and jazzy directions than the heady psychedelia and space rock of some of the earlier Spirits Burning releases. The music has a high density factor, and although a casual listen on speakers will provide a good experience, only a close listen on quality headphones will reveal all the layers of sound and detail that have gone into each of these cuts. Much herein to recommend.

Filed under: New releases , 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Spirits Burning, Clearlight, Cyrille Verdeaux

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