VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR – LIVE AT THE PARADISO 14.04.07 – GONZO

This double CD set captures the band after they had reinvented themselves as a trio following on from the departure of David Jackson. The quartet had reformed in 2004 and recorded ‘Present’, yet after touring a decision was made to part company with Jackson and to instead work as a trio of Hugh Banton (organ), Guy Evans (drums) and Peter Hammill (vocals, guitar, piano). This CD captures them in their tenth show as a three-piece, having yet to release any new material, although they were trialling some music which would be recorded for ‘Trisector’ the following year. This meant the band had to reinvent their music, as apart from debut ‘The Aerosol Grey Machine’, they always had an additional melodic element either with woodwind or strings, but that was no longer the case. Part of this has been countered by Hammill becoming far more aggressive on guitar, and while they have replicated some parts normally played by Jackson, there are others where they have simply restructured the arrangements.

Opener “Lemmings” shows exactly what direction the band is going to take, while “A Place To Survive” is deliciously fractured and dynamic. Hammill, Banton and Evans started playing together in 1968, and more than 40 years later they were determined to prove that the latest iteration of VDGG were not only valid but were continuing to drive their legacy forward. There is plenty of emotion, both on stage and off, with the delicate piano introduction to “Man Erg” being one of the highlights of a tempestuous double CD set. The Paradiso is often used by progressive bands to record concerts as the crowd is always rapturous, and there is great sound quality to be had, and such is the case here. VDGG have continued as a trio to this day, having released four studio albums to date, yet at the beginning they were looking back into the classic catalogue and producing songs in a brand-new way. Essential for any fan of the band.

Kev Rowland 8/10

King Crimson Meets Van der Graaf Generator! David Cross & David Jackson Release New Album “Another Day” OUT NOW!

During the 1970s David Cross was a member of King Crimson and David Jackson was a member of Van der Graaf Generator. Now much to the excitement of music aficionados worldwide, the duo have teamed up for an amazing new album titled “Another Day”!

Released via Cherry Red Records, the 12 new tracks on this album showcase the talents of Cross & Jackson and will appeal to the fanbases of both artists and the bands they have been in. It’s an innovative meeting of minds. This new studio album also features Mick Paul on bass, Craig Blundell on drums and was produced by Jake Jackson.

“From the first notes we ever played together David Jackson and I realized that we were driving in the same direction, free to play anything from fierce avant-garde cadenzas to haunting melodies and rocking riffs. ‘Another Day’ is the culmination of our ambition to date and has been realized as a quartet album with extraordinary instinctive performances from our collaborators, Mick Paul and Craig Blundell. The icing on the cake was the incisive, original vision which emerged in the mixing stage from our producer Jake Jackson. I love it.” – David Cross March 2nd, 2018

“I am thrilled and very proud of this album with David Cross. It’s the best thing I’ve done in many years! We met at a Festival in Italy in 2010 and emergency improvised our way into a special kind of exciting harmony – and friendship too. Enjoying the space between two soloists, we soon discovered new ways of writing and arranging. Add in our legendary rhythm section of Mick Paul and Craig Blundell and I can guarantee you haven’t heard anything quite like this album before!” –  David Jackson (26th February 2018)

Watch the new promotional video:

 

In support of the album David Cross & David Jackson plan to tour mid-2018!

Tracklist:
1. PREDATOR
2. BUSHIDO
3. LAST RIDE
4. GOING NOWHERE
5. TRANE TO KIEV
6. MILLENNIUM TOLL
7. ARRIVAL
8. COME AGAIN
9. BREAKING BAD
10. MR. MOROSE
11. ANTHEM FOR ANOTHER DAY
12. TIME GENTLEMEN, PLEASE

Released March 16, 2018

To purchase David Cross & David Jackson’s “Another Day”: 
Amazon: http://geni.us/ADay
iTunes: http://geni.us/ADayDig

Buy CDs & more information: www.crossmusic.co.uk

David Cross & David Jackson Official website: www.crossandjackson.com

David Cross:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.cross.33821
David Cross Music Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/David-Cross-Music-105639052830314
Twitter: @DavidCrossMusic

David Jackson:
Official website: http://www.jaxontonewall.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009274824162
Twitter: @jaxontonewall

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

Kaprekars Constant – Fate Outsmarts Desire Available For Pre-Order

Kaprekars Constant is the brainchild of childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson.

Joined throughout its debut album by legendary Van Der Graaf Generator saxophonist/flautist David Jackson, vocalist Dorie Jackson (Francis Dunnery) and ace former Level 42 drummer Phil Gould, the band’s melodic sensibilities, epic arrangements and love of historical subject matter draw inspiration from the likes of Big Big Train and Genesis.

A superb second release on the Uranium Club label.

The Collective:
Bill Jefferson: vocals
Dorie Jackson: vocals and backing vocals
Nick Jefferson: bass, fretless bass, electric guitar and keyboards.
Al Nicholson: acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and keyboards. Mike Westergaard: keyboards, piano and backing vocals.
David Jackson: saxophones, flutes, whistles and G# bell.
Phil Gould: drums, percussion and ‘dube’.
Paul Gunn: spoken voice.Sean Jefferson: original painting
Sophie Butters: website design.
Will Hesse: photography.All songs written by Nick Jefferson and Al Nicholson.
Produced and mixed by Mike Westergaard.
Formats
Digital Downloads
Compact Disc
Vinyl
& Various Bundle Combinations
MUSIC

Jon Anderson, Trevor Horn, Andy Summers and Van Der Graaf Generator were among the big winners at Prog Magazine’s Progressive Music Awards 2016 ceremony in London

prog awards

Jon Anderson received the ultimate prize at last night’s Prog Magazine Awards, accepting the Prog God Award from ARW bandmates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin – the trio’s first public appearance since reforming in January.

Other winners included Big Big Train, who picked up Band Of The Year and Event Of The Year — for their critically acclaimed three-night residency at Kings Place in London. The Album Of The Year award went to iamthemorning’s Lighthouse, while the winner of the Chris Squire Virtuoso award went to King Crimson’s Jakko Jakszyk, and Van der Graaf Generator picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The full list of winners can be found below.

Guests at the event, hosted by presenter Matthew Wright and held at The Underglobe on London’s South Bank, included Rick Wakeman, comedian Ade Edmondson, Hawkwind’s Dave Brock, Gong’s Mike Howlett and Kavus Torabi, plus snooker star, DJ and radio host Steve Davis. The awards ceremony was preceded by a set by psychedelic rock band Purson.

“It’s worth considering the impact that Progressive Music continues to have,” said Prog Magazine Editor Jerry Ewing from the stage, before going on to pay tribute to Keith Emerson. A minute’s silence followed, dedicated to musicians who died this year.

The Winners

Limelight sponsored by K Scope – The Anchoress
Anthem sponsored by Teamrock.com – Riverside: Towards the Blue Horizon
Live Event sponsored by The Stage – Big Big Train
Vanguard sponsored by The Ticket Factory – The Mute Gods
Storm Thorgerson Grand Design Award sponsored by Chord Electronics – Anthony Phillips Esoteric Reissue Series
Album of the Year sponsored by Cherry Red and Esoteric Records – iamthemorning: Lighthouse
Band of the Year sponsored by Olympus – Big Big Train
The Outer Limits sponsored by Inside Out Music – Buggles
Chris Squire Virtuoso sponsored by Butlins (Giants of Rock) – Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson)
Guiding Light sponsored by currencies.co.uk – Andy Summers
Visionary sponsored by Eagle Vision – Jon Hiseman (Colosseum)
Lifetime Achievement sponsored by Prog Rocks – Van der Graaf Generator
Prog God – Jon Anderson

All Info originally published by team rock http://teamrock.com/news/2016-09-02/jon-anderson-accepts-prog-god-award

Anekdoten| Until All The Ghosts Are Gone (Album Review)(Installment #1)

 

Anekdoten Until All The Ghosts Are Gone

Anekdoten| Until All The Ghosts Are Gone
Release Year: 2015
Label: Virta, Kscope, Stickman, Disk Union
Genre: Progressive Rock, Experimental, Psychedelic
Country: Sweden

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Band Members:
Nicklas Barker – Vocals, Guitar, Mellotron, Keyboards
Anna Sofi Dahlberg – Vocals, Mellotron, Violin, Synthesizers
Jan Erik Liljeström – Vocals, Bass Guitar
Peter Nordins – Drums, Percussion

With Special Guests:
Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth) – Keyboards
Theo Travis (King Crimson, Steven Wilson) – Saxophone, Flute
Marty Wilson-Piper (The Church, All About Eve) – Guitars

This album has a little of both past and present elements in it. Picture the legends of the past such as Van Der Graaf Generator, Renaissance, King Crimson with the modern styles of Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson Solo. That is what Until All The Ghosts Are Gone carries throughout it. I believe Anekdoten at times were born 500 years too late given their atmospheric medevil sound on this particular outing. However that is not a bad thing and can serve as a education to any progressive listener or aspiring musician.
The keyboards and mellotron definitely serve as the backbone of the composition. This gives this album a sweet consistency to the listener to be immersed in this journey. The rhythm section between drums and bass are as tight as any album I have heard in a while. Normally I would do a track by track breakdown on a review however Until All The Ghosts Are Gone has such a fluid flow to it that doing so would defeat the purpose of the journey this album beholds.
I very rarely give these out and do not do so lightly, however Anekdoten’s Until All The Ghosts Are Gone gets a 5/5 due to its very original elements.

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by Robert Brady