UK three disc (two CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) set. Icon was the collaborative band of the late John Wetton and keyboardist Geoff Downes. Wetton/Downes were the songwriting duo behind the Asia catalogue including the mega hit "Heat Of The Moment". Geoff Downes is a current member of Yes. Urban Psalm has only been available as a DVD on the artists' merchandise store previously, so this is it's first mainstream release, now with the audio as an accompanying additional two CDs. This release is part of a prestigious reissue campaign which will see all of the band's studio and live albums re-released as definitive editions. This re-release is fully approved by Geoff Downes and the John Wetton Estate.
2023 solo release from YES guitar maestro, Steve Howe - Steve explains the concept of the Motif series of releases - "The MOTIF idea pulls together my solo guitar writing and performances combining new tunes and refreshed and revisited studio performances of other tunes. My solo guitar tunes combine country picking with classical guitar pieces that have broader influences, jazz, rock, flamenco and folk, they've all been absorbed in my approach to writing and playing. It's 15 years since Volume 1 was released so it's delightful to announce the release of MOTIF Volume Two. Again I present some new tunes and further explore pulling the selection together to present a clear focus on all things 'solo guitar'. I record these myself onto a hard drive and then work on selecting takes and giving the sound some due consideration. Assembling the running order and then the final mastering means it's on to the sleeve information and design. Soon it's a 'wrap' and you're holding it in your hand!" Tracks 1 Cross Country 2 Mood for a Day 3 In the Course of a Day 4 Surface Tension 5 The Valley of Rocks 6 Tailpiece 7 Hint Hint 8 Oceans Cadenza 9 Pumpkin Pickin' 10 All's a Chord 11 Cactus Boogie 12 Honey Creek 13 Pyramidology 14 The Little Gallard 15 Cascade 16 Beginnings
DESCRIPTION What would ultimately became a powerhouse fusion quintet actually began as a potent electric trio. Demonstrating an ear for remarkable young talent, Chick Corea - the venerated 27-time Grammy winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master - recruited newcomers Dave Weckl on drums and John Patitucci on electric bass, for his new project. From their first rehearsal together, it was instant chemistry. The newly christened Elektric Band premiered as a trio on April 19, 1985 at Elario's in La Jolla, California. The following day, they performed at the Queen Mary Jazz Festival in Long Beach, California. Miles Davis, who was also on the bill that day with his own dynamic electric band witnessed the Elektric Band's set and reportedly said to Corea backstage, "Sounds like eight guys!" By the time it came to go into the studio to document the group later that year, Corea had recruited two guitar players to add to the sound, the great Scott Henderson and the seasoned session player Carlos Rios. Originally released on GRP Records in early 1986, at the height of the hi-tech storm, the album features Corea using the highest caliber state-of-the-art digital keyboards and gear. That equipment is put to the test on stand out tracks like "Rumble, " a dynamic duet between Weckl and Corea, the mondo synth showcase "No Zone, " the atmospheric "India Town, " the poignant gem "All Love, " and the number that would become an instant classic and live concert staple, "Got A Match." Produced by Corea, with longtime engineering partner Bernie Kirsch, the album features detailed liner notes by jazz writer Bill Milkowski, giving context and explicit technical notes to the listening experience.
DESCRIPTION For The Elektric Band's sophomore outing, Chick Corea - the venerated 27-time Grammy winner and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master - entered the studio with Dave Wekl on drums, John Patitucci on bass, and two new players who would solidify the band's classic line up, guitarist Frank Gambale and saxophonist Eric Marienthal. More heavily produced than it's predecessor, Light Years contains several sequence-driven tracks, Corea's attempt at reaching out to a wider audience with a brand of music that was tighter, funkier and eminently more communicative than he had recorded on 1986's The Chick Corea Elektric Band. The crisp, irrepressibly catchy title track is a prime example of Corea's more commercial aspirations for the album, with Patitucci laying down a fat, funky groove with some hearty slap bass lines (a distinct flavor of the time), and Marienthal's pungent alto sax strutting over the top. Not only did this groove-oriented track catch on with listeners, it also won a Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance at the 31st Annual Grammy Awards. Originally released on GRP Records in 1987, the album also contains the dreamy contemporary jazz offerings of "Second Sight" and "The Dragon," the sequence-driven "Time Track", "Flamingo," featuring Carlos Rios on guitar and, the electrifying, techno tour de force, highly complex closer, "Kaleidoscope." Produced by Corea, with longtime engineering partner Bernie Kirsch, the album features detailed liner notes by jazz writer Bill Milkowski, giving context and explicit technical notes to the listening experience.