May 23, 2016

MJ12 Featuring Bass Legend Percy Jones To Release Debut Album!


London, UK - MJ12, featuring Brand X bass legend Percy Jones, will be releasing their eagerly awaited debut album on Gonzo Multimedia UK on June 24, 2016. Recorded in the summer of 2015 at Shelter Island studios in Manhattan, MJ12 is jazz/fusion/prog music at its finest. Featuring virtuosic performances by all four band members, in many ways this album is an extension of what Percy Jones created with Brand X!

Says Percy, “We took the name from Majestik 12, which was supposedly a group of 12 scientists and engineers assembled in the late 40's to investigate UFO's. There is an ongoing debate as to whether this group actually existed or not. Stephen Moses and I had been doing  gigs for a while where we would invite  guests to sit in. We did all improv, so this was actually M&J +1 or 2.  After a while we started using David Phelps and Chris Bacas on a regular basis if they were available. At this point we started writing stuff, but keeping a lot of the improv thing going to keep it spontaneous. The end result was bits and pieces of ideas coming from everybody that were all tied together to try and make a coherent tune, but with lots of blowing inside. By last Summer we felt like it had shaped up well enough to record it, so we went in and recorded it over 2 days.”

Track listing:

1) Call 911
2) Bad American Dream Pt2
3) Magic Mist
4) Talk Time
5) The Wow Signal
6) Big Daddy Road
7) The Phantom Maracas
8) Guns And Pussy
9) Magic Mist Reprise

MJ12 is:

Percy Jones
Percy Jones grew up near Llandrindod Wells, Wales. He studied electronic engineering at the University of Liverpool before joining Liverpool Scene in 1967 He was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X from 1974 to 1980, and a reformed version which lasted from 1992 to 1997. He was in NYC based band Tunnels from 1990 until 2005. Still residing in New York, he is currently a member of MJ12. Jones is best known for his unique fretless bass sound. Jones was also briefly a member of the jazz fusion group Soft Machine, and has contributed to recordings by David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett, Roy Harper, Paranoise, Suzanne Vega, Richard Barbieri, Nova and Fovea Hex, amongst others.

Stephen Moses
After several years playing as part of “the loft jazz scene” in NYC with the likes of James Chance, John Zorn, Phillip Johnston, Ken Simon, Dave Hofstra (and many others) drummer/trombonist Stephen Moses started getting busier with more rock and jazz/rock in the CBGB's scene with Giant Metal Insects and Quality Trio with Jim Matus & Percy Jones. Alice Donut formed after that and took Stephen on the road and the studio for several years and a dozen albums followed by a few tours with Rasputina. Then a few years ago Stephen rejoined Percy to do what we do today.

Dave Phelps
Guitarist David Phelps is currently a member of Peter Apfelbaum's 11-piece band The New York Hieroglyphics, which includes many of today's best creative musicians, including drummer Dafnis Prieto, bassist Patrice Blanchard, trombonist Josh Roseman and vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate. Their newest album “It Is Written” was released in August 2005 on the ACT label. He also leads his own band the Eclectic Troubadours. David grew up in Denton, Texas, the home of the University of North Texas, formerly known as North Texas State. As a youngster, he started playing the bass clarinet and later played in bands with many of the children of North Texas faculty members. David, along with his twin brother, bassist Drew Phelps, attended North Texas, studying with Rich Matheson and guitar guru Jack Peterson, among others. David then traveled to Alberta, Canada where he studied at the Banff Centre with jazz greats Dave Liebman and Dave Holland (both Miles Davis alumni). He also studied with John Abercrombie, Steve Coleman and Kenny Wheeler.

Chris Bacas
Saxophonist Chris Bacas began his career at age fifteen as a sideman with a club band in York, PA, and after attending North Texas State, he began his jazz performance career in earnest. Beginning in 1983, Chris played in the Glen Miller Band, The Tommy Dorsey Band, the Artie Shaw Band, and Buddy Rich's legendary Big Band until Rich's passing in 1987. Over the past twenty years, Chris has appeared at festivals all over the world, including the Nice, North Sea, Cork, Santiago, Montreal, Moers Texaco, Annapolis, JVC New York, and Central PA Jazz Festivals. He has performed in Copenhagen at the Tivoli Gardens; in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Bowl and LA's Comedy Store; in New York's Blue Note and Birdland; at Chicago's Jazz Showcase; and in Washington D.C. at Blues Alley and One Step Down.

In conclusion Percy has this to impart, “Well, I hope people like this record. I have a lot of appreciation for everyone who supported Brand X back in the day, or any of the other projects I was involved in. The band follows on from stuff  I've done in the past, trying to keep the music unpredictable, interesting and moving in a  new direction.”

For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/percyJonesnyc?fref=ts
http://www.percyjones.net/

To purchase MJ12 CD:
http://www.gonzomultimedia.com/product_details/15925 (USA)
http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15925 (Europe)

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

May 20, 2016

Solo Album From Guru Guru Drum Legend Mani Neumeier “Talking Guru Drums” To Make Its U.S. Debut


Los Angeles - Mani Neumeier, drummer and frontman of German Krautrock legends Guru Guru, will be releasing for the first time in the U.S. his solo album “Talking Guru Drums” on Purple Pyramid Records on May 20, 2016! Considered one of the most influential percussionists of all-time, Mani offers this eclectic album of explorations into psychedelic, world, and folk music! Composed entirely by Neumeier, the album features guest vocalists, field recordings, and background singing by a group of Maori people of New Zealand!

Although best known for his work with Guru Guru, Neumeier has also collaborated with numerous bands and artists, such as Dieter Möbius, Damo Suzuki, Harmonia, Hans-Karsten Raecke, Irène Schweizer, Peter Brötzmann, Sonny Sharrock, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Jojo Hiroshige, Kawabata Makoto, Yoshida Tatsuya, and Luigi Archetti. Neumeier has lived in Germany and Japan, where he regularly collaborates with Japanese bands Acid Mothers Temple and Hijokaidan.

“Talking Guru Drums” will be released on CD and special clear vinyl pressing of the album that comes in a transparent acetate jacket with insert.

Track List:
1. Time Drops
2. Jingle A
3. Shaman Dancer
4. Jingle B
5. Mori No Kaeru
6. Jingle C
7. Maori Haka News
8. Jingle D
9. Im Zaubergarten
10. Om Mani Tom
11. Jingle Shiva-Bells

To purchase Mani Neumeier's “Talking Guru Drums”:
http://flyt.it/ManiNeumeierCD
http://flyt.it/ManiNeumeierLP
http://flyt.it/ManiNeumeierDig

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158
glassonyonpr@gmail.com

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Los Angeles CA 90025
http://www.CleopatraRecords.com

May 19, 2016

Bass Legend Stu Hamm To Embark On “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016”


Los Angeles – Bass legend Stu Hamm will be embarking on his “Solo Bass Songs and Stories Tour 2016” first of June! Having stunned audiences across the world with his innovative playing, Stu Hamm - the only bassist to win Guitar Player magazine's readers award for both best rock bassist AND best jazz bassist in the same year! - has made a name as the go to bass player for the world’s great musicians. His time spent playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani cemented his place among the greats and gave Stu the platform to display his pioneering bass techniques to adoring crowds worldwide.

Now promoting the release of his newest solo album “The Book Of Lies,” Hamm takes to the road with new music, including his petite suite for solo bass, and a host of stories and anecdotes for musicians and non-musicians alike. A gut rumbling mix of new and old hits mixed with Stu’s trademark humor and story-telling make for a unique show like no other.

Says Stu, “I promise an entertaining evening of music and stories from my 43 years of playing bass with some of our generation's' greatest musicians!”

Songs & Stories Tour 2016

June 2, 2016 – US – New Hope, PA – Havana
June 3, 2016 – US – Schenectady, NY – The Van Dyck
June 4, 2016 – US – New York, NY – Spectrum (Masterclass at 2pm)
June 5, 2016 – US – New York, NY – Spectrum (Shows at 6PM & 8PM)
June 6, 2016 – US – Asbury Park, NH – The Saint
June 7, 2016 – US – Dunellen, NJ – Roxy & Dukes (Presented by NJ ProgHouse)
June 8, 2016 – US – Buffalo, NY – Sportsmens Tavern
June 9, 2016 – CA – Ottawa, ON – Brass Monkey
June 10, 2016 – CA – London, ON – London Music Club
June 12, 2016 – US – Detroit, MI – The Token Lounge
June 13, 2016 – US – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
June 14, 2016 – US – Cleveland, OH – Nighttown
June 16, 2016 – US – Charleston, WV – The Empty Glass
June 17, 2016 – US – Pittsburgh, PA – PGH Winery

Born in New Orleans, Hamm spent his childhood and youth in Champaign, Illinois, where he studied bass and piano, played in the stage band at Champaign Central High School, and was selected to the Illinois All-State Band. Hamm graduated from Hanover High in Hanover, New Hampshire in 1978 while living in Norwich, Vermont. Following high school, he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met guitarist Steve Vai and, through him, met Joe Satriani. Hamm played bass on Vai's debut solo album, Flex-Able, which was released in 1984. In 1990 Hamm was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Degree from his Alma Mater.

Hamm has performed and recorded with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Michael Shenker, Frank Gambale, and many other well-respected guitarists. It was playing live on tour with Satriani that brought Hamm's skills to national attention. Subsequent recordings with Satriani and other
rock/fusion artists, along with the release of his own solo recordings (featuring keyboard player Tommy Mars, guitarists Alan Holdsworth and Robert Fripp, drummers Steve Smith and Tommy Lee), solidified his reputation as a bassist and performer.

Hamm has traveled the world from Berklee to Belfast to Budapest to Bali to Berlin. He's performed in a 19th century circus tent with Joan Baez, and recorded a duet of “Do Right Woman” with her. He's performed with Mick Jagger, played sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall and in front of 120,000 people in Mexico City with a Mexican Rock Band...he's also played cruise ships, weddings and put on a tux and played Christmas Songs at department stores and in between the airport transfers, hotel suite check-outs, backstage room dinners, and concert hall performances, has collected countless stories and anecdotes from his travels across the globe.

“Chaos and calm were the order of the day at Yoshi’s on this fine Martin Luther King Jr. holiday evening in Oakland, courtesy of the Stu Hamm Band. Hamm the extraordinary bass player who has performed and recorded with some of the most fabled guitarists in the world (Joe Satriani, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai) brought his band to Yoshi’s to support his latest solo offering “The Book Of Lies” (his seventh solo record). Stu Hamm Hamm, who has played some of the largest festivals in the world, showed he is very comfortable in an intimate club setting, as he easily bantered with the audience telling stories and cracking jokes between fits of musical wizardry.” - SF Sonic

Live Videos:





https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=stu+hamm+bass+solo


For more information:
www.stuarthamm.net/
www.facebook.com/StuHammBass

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com

May 13, 2016

Hawkwind Alum NIK TURNER Brings His Spacey Sax & Freaky Flute Playing To A New Album By Experimental Jazz Fusion Ensemble FLAME TREE!


Los Angeles, CA - Having explored the intersection of space rock and jazz fusion on his newest solo album, 2015’s Space Fusion Odyssey, Hawkwind co-founder Nik Turner continues his bold expedition into the outer reaches of experimental music, recording a new full-length album of improvisational jazz freakouts with a Seattle-based ensemble including drummer Jack Gold-Molina and guitarist Dennis Rea (both of psych/prog band Spectral Waves), alongside bassist Paul “PK” Kemmish. The group owes its origins to a meeting between Gold-Molina and Turner, when Gold-Molina interviewed the British space-rock legend back in 2009 for an article in All About Jazz magazine. The idea for a musical collaboration between the two emerged, and as Gold-Molina recalls, “I believe Nik’s exact words were, ‘If people have got the balls to come onstage with me, then they are welcome to.’” And so began the journey that would lead these fearless souls from an initial round of freeform demo recording to putting a full blown band together, recording an album, and even performing live at Seattle’s Seaprog Festival in August of 2015. Enlisting Seattle icon Jack Endino, famed producer of Nirvana, L7, Screaming Trees and others, to mix the album, the band is now set to release this self-titled project on May 20 through Purple Pyramid Records.

Track List:
1. Mosquitos
2. Past Lives
3. In The Distance
4. Liquid
5. Organic Truth
6. Tantalium
7. Wild Flower

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/FlameTreeCD
Buy the digital download: http://flyt.it/FlameTreeDig

Press inquiries:
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11041 Santa Monica Blvd #703
Los Angeles CA 90025
www.CleopatraRecords.com

May 10, 2016

Prog Rock: Misquoted Lyrics and Outlandish Lyricist's

Progressive Rock or "Prog Rock" has gotten an interesting wrap over the years. From its origins in the U.K. to its migration across other parts of Europe, and its relevance to today's modern listener, the genre as a whole has seen its share of influential bands and equally inspired (albeit unorthodox) lyrics. (Check their infographic about lyric challenge: http://verbalink.com/transcription-services) So, while thousands of fans across the globe have memorized and belted said lyrics in showers and in packed stadiums across the globe, below is a list of the top 3 Prog Rock acts with equally bizarre (and often misquoted) lyrics: 

Genesis:

With an All-Star lineup that featured the likes of Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, Genesis is certainly among a handful of Prog Rock pioneers. Gabriel was in a world of his own, as his eccentric demeanor, shock-value fashion sense, and force of personality helped to establish the Genesis sound prior to eventually pursuing a solo career. Most fans associate Phil Collins with being the quintessential Genesis sound, and while he may have started as a drummer for the band, there's no denying the heights they reached once he stepped behind the microphone.

Rush:
No list would be complete without mentioning Rush and the cult-like following they've amassed throughout the course of their long history. Even so, this didn't stop drummer Neal Peart from being ranked by Blender Magazine as the 2nd worst lyricist in Rock out of a possible 40 in 2007.

Dream Theater:

Dream Theater is another Progressive Rock staple. Featuring world-renowned guitarist John Petrucci, intricately crafted instrumental arrangements and collective technical proficiency have been hallmarks o the band's sound. Some of their most misquoted songs include: "Forsaken," "Under A Glass Moon," and "Prophets of War."