playlist features my favorite collaborations between Andy Summers and
various singers, including Najma Akhtar, Sting, Deborah Harry, Q-Tip,
Fernanda Takai, and Rob Giles. The tracks are taken from the
following albums: The Golden Wire (1989), Green Chimneys
(1999), Peggy’s Blue Skylight (2000), Fundamental
(2012), and Circus Hero by Circa Zero (2014).
Tose * Round Midnight * Weird Nightmare * Goodbye Pork Pie Hat/Where
Can a Man Find Peace? * No Mesmo Lugar (Here I Am Again) * You Light
My Dark * Smile and Blue Sky Me * Underground * Gamma Ray * Whenever
You Hear the Rain
last album released during Allan Holdsworth’s lifetime with his
name on the cover documents the fusion guitar master and his frequent
collaborator, keyboardist Alan Pasqua, in a live 2007 tribute to
their 1970s bandleader, the late, legendary jazz drummer Tony
dueling tones of Holdsworth’s six strings and Pasqua’s 88 keys
are sometimes nearly indistinguishable as they take alternately fiery
and facile turns, with Yellow Jackets bass player Jimmy Haslip and
drummer Chad Wackerman keeping the rhythms and beats grooving along
while also showing off their musical might.
last three tracks of the two-CD set – “San Michele,”
“Protocosmos,” and “Red Alert” – propel the album towards a
powerful, impactful conclusion.
so, with the final official recording of his life, Holdsworth ends on
a high note.
their luminescent and timeless sequel eight years later, Allan
Holdsworth and Gordon Beck’s first collaborative album finds them
more down to earth and at odds with each other.
in his pre-synthaxe period, sticks to acoustic and electric guitars,
violin, and, for the first time since his ‘Igginbottom days, vocals
(on one track), and Beck handles the keys on acoustic and electric
on the follow-up the duo is very much in harmonious sync, this debut
outing has them trading off passages in counterpoint to each other,
almost like a cat-and-mouse game of musical oneupmanship, an
artistic conversation of which we are mere observers rather than
that intellectual vantage point, this album provides fascinating
insight into each musician’s mastery of his instrument, but the
real harvest of their creative partnership would come into full bloom
nearly a decade later.
say good things come to those who wait. In this case, with the album
produced in 1978, mixed in 1997, and made commercially available in
2009, the total wait was 31 years from recording to release.
the wait worth it? Even if you’re an Allan Holdsworth fan, it’s a
the performances and recording quality are top-notch and superb. The
musicians (Danny Thompson on bass, Allan Holdsworth on acoustic
12-string guitar and electric guitar, and John Stevens on drums) are
at the top of their game, and the album sounds like it was recorded
it’s a challenging listen. This is really out-there, pure
improvisational jazz, almost like stream of consciousness on the part
of the players. There are no concise compositions or structures or
hooks or riffs, but rather quite a bit of dissonance and atonality.
sonic art, it soars. The work required to engage with it is its own
Panther is one of the absolute best Marvel
Cinematic Universe movies and certainly the most unique, and its
corresponding soundtrack is definitely the best of the bunch.
Goransson has created music that is every bit as remarkable as the
movie it underscores, especially in its visceral, life-affirming
revelry of African sounds and rhythms.
Based on his personal, firsthand research into and study of African musical traditions, Goransson structured his compositions around indigenous vocals, tribal chants, and exotic ethnic
instruments, especially drums and percussion (Police drummer Stewart Copeland
employed a similar process for his
groundbreaking 1985 Afro-pop/rock album The Rhythmatist).
result is an incredible, epic work of Afrocentric world music fused
with hip techno and electronica and rousing, soaring symphony
"Wakanda," "Warrior Falls," and the
last four tracks of the album are excellent, perfectly capturing the film’s interwoven themes of family, honor,
Black Panther score is not only the cream of the crop of
Marvel and superhero movie soundtracks, but it also ranks among the most memorable
film music of all time.