Denny Zeitlin with George Marsh & Mel Graves – The Name Of This Terrain

American pianist and psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin has a body of work that is second to none, including winning several jazz awards and scoring films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but this album was hidden away at Zeitlin’s insistence, which is a shame, as it blends avant-jazz, funk, rock and some works that would feel …

Scanner – ‘Tis The Season

Again, a very Merry Christmas to friends and readers of this blog!  We celebrate the day with the usual festive tunes, but add one extra courtesy of Robin Rimbaud (Scanner), who synths up a few seasonal classics.

Richard Dawson – The Ruby Cord

Richard Dawson’s latest album is a fascinating listen.  It mixes vocals that could fit in well with English folk, psychedelic rock, prog and AOR music, while being musically underpinned by something that could almost pass for freak folk at times, while falling back now and again on progressive rock structures.  The album shapes and shifts …

Pete Swinton – The Book Of Chuang-Tzu, Ch. 18

Zhuang Zhou is the pinyin transliteration of Chuang Tzu, the Chinese taoist philospher who lived some time during the 4th century B.C. during the Warring States Period, and was part of a movement where Chinese philosophy enjoyed an explosive period of development.  He is the subject of the album being reviewed, and it’s nice to …

Vaudou Game – Pas Contente

Though these tracks are from 2014, this scorcher by Vadou Game, one of Togo’s funkiest bands, features two tracks that will appeal to funk aficionados, especially the title track.  Also, James Brown fans, take note.  You’re going to love the grooves on this tune.

Los York’s – 67

Peru was an absolute hotbed of garage rock activity during the 1960s, and one of the finest bands to come out of the country at the time were Los Yorks.  Perhaps not as savage as some of their contemporaries, they were still able to write some mean hooks while writing their own material alongside some …