CD Choice: Yeznig Zegchanian – Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

CD Choice: Yeznig Zegchanian – Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

(Lost Origin Sounds Series) Armenians have chanted in Aleppo’s Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church since 1429, but Syria’s current civil war has endangered its Christian communities and made large parts of the city uninhabitable and unsafe for all Aleppans, regardless of creed. The language of the chants, West Armenian, once spoken in what is now […]

CD Choice: Renaissance – De Lane Lea 1973 / Academy of Music 1974 (Purple Pyramid Records)

CD Choice: Renaissance – De Lane Lea 1973 / Academy of Music 1974 (Purple Pyramid Records)

There is a direct link from the Yardbirds, which included Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, to this entirely different offshoot band, where the guitarist never played electric lead and usually performed sitting down. Between 1968 and 1973, Renaissance got through 22 members, and not one of this classic line-up had been in the original band. […]

CD Choice: Whitesnake – The Purple Album

CD Choice: Whitesnake – The Purple Album

While Deep Purple Mk. II is generally considered to be the band’s classic line up, the next formation, with vocalist David Coverdale, produced some equally scorching material – not least the incendiary title track of its first album Burn, which leads off this release by the singer’s current band. Coverdale remarks, “I thought it would […]

CD Choice: Marcin Wasilewski Trio (with Joakim Wilder) – Spark of Life (ECM)

This disc promised enormously after the first couple of minutes – and delivered fully. Forcing similarities with label-mates Tord Gustafsen Quartet, it echoes the latter’s chilled mood, cymbal work, melodious lines, and – in the case of “Sudovian Dance” – a soulful bluesiness. While it was my first listen to Wasilewski, his is not a […]