One thing that many musicians wouldn't dare too easily to do, it is for them to have the bravery to re-tune completely and in a different direction the center of their personal music styles or, at least, the music genre they have become mostly known for.


It was for this very same reason that, when our website had first the opportunity to listen to the new EP called Standards Vol.1 from American composer, guitarist and producer Rafiq Bhatia, mostly known for his amazing work with the Avant-Garde Rock band Son Lux, we were completely and pleasantly taken by surprise by Bhatia's new project.

If there is one thing that you can never control in life, it is destiny and its unpredictability. When in 2017 the rising young Mexican music artist Nacho Cano (aka Twin Cabins then aka Harmless) became the victim of a car accident, where a drunk driver ran him over at 50 mph while he was on his bike, that episode must have felt like a crucial turning point in Cano's life, a life that he might as well have almost lost, in that morning on September 2017.

Despite the brutality of the accident and being also still in recovery from broken ribs, reconstructed face surgery and sever damages to his legs, Cano/Harmless did not lose his will to make music and use music, perhaps unconsciously, as a vehicle to ease the pain he was going through and to help him to gradually re-connect with the world outside.

It is often a risky move to make an entire cover album about one of the greatest Rock'N'Rollers of all times, like the late great Chuck Berry and surely, at same point, even an extremely talented guitarist, singer/songwriter and producer like Mike Zito might have thought that too.


Zito has never hidden his huge respect and musical devotion to Berry's huge songbook and it felt almost inevitable that, at a certain stage of his career, Zito would have paid his personal homage to one of the most loved Rock'N'Roll pioneers, like Berry used to and always will be.

It's rather refreshing and inspiring to listen, in these days and age, a rising star of Blues/Rock like the Australian Guitar Prodigy Matty T Wall taking a gamble on releasing an album-homage to his Blues music Heroes like Transpacific Blues Vol. 1.


Since the release of his hugely successful 2016 debut album Blue Skies, which saw Wall gaining the interest and appreciation of the whole Blues/Rock music worldwide press, the last 3-4 years of the Australian artist's career have been constantly on a high, between touring extensively the whole of Australia and releasing the 2018's follow-up album to Blue Skies called Sidewinder, who was also highly praised by music experts and fans of the genre too.

It is refreshing to see that, in the sometimes artificial contemporary music business, there is still somebody who believes to the fact that music shouldn't be defined by genre, but it should rather be following the artist's instinct, in a sort of natural musical manifestation free by any labeling cage.

This is exactly the way that the English singer/songwriter and talented guitarist Jack Broadbent visions music in his mind and in his soul, through his rather splendid and inspired new record called Moonshine Blue.

In these days and age and in an art form like music, constantly looking for new and exciting layers of sound or melodies that need to capture the imagination of the listeners, it is rather refreshing to hear a collective that it is, instead, rather focusing on following their own instincts as musicians, privileging their natural, artistic evolution like the Swedish Daniel Karlsson Trio.


With their previous album called 5, a record that received numerous and unanimous plaudits from the worldwide press and by their generous amount of fans spread all over the world on its release, it must have not been easy, for the Scandinavian Jazz Aces, to resist to the temptation to record a new album that would have followed a similar sonic path of its illustrious predecessor.

One of the greatest skills of many musicians of the 70's was that of being able to explore the infinite horizons of Rock'N'Roll, by giving freedom to their own creativity and, at the same time, creating songs of a strong musicality, with inspired bridges and choruses that would add an extra, melodic dimension to an already remarkable body of work.


While some of said artists have not quite been able to maintain a constant high standard of musical longevity, through the years and for reasons unknown, fortunately there are still musicians of that era, like ex-Mountain singer/songwriter and Prodigy Drummer Corky Laing, capable to deliver impressive new material by experimenting diverse and interesting ideas with different layers of sound, build on a familiar Rock'N'Roll sonic ground.

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