Review – The Last Gig by Adam Holzman and Brave New World

Impeccable live jazz-rock from former Miles Davis music director and Steven Wilson's keyboard player ***** On 12 March 2020, keyboard player Adam Holzman and his band Brave New World drove to the Nublu club to soundcheck for a gig that night. The global pandemic was about to close New York City. Broadway had just shut …

Album Review – Under A Spell by Richard Barbieri

A spell-binding journey through lockdown dreams ***** Image credit Kscope/Richard Barbieri It's a strange coincidence that all four members of the prog rock band Porcupine Tree have brought out solo albums during the past few months of lockdown in the UK; first drummer Gavin Harrison released Chemical Reactions (with Antoine Fafard); in January it was …

Album review – The Future Bites by Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson bites back at the future ***** THE FUTURE BITES™ In the early years Steven Wilson's band, Porcupine Tree, were often compared to Pink Floyd and Steven himself admitted the importance of that musical influence although he later distanced himself from the Floyd, moving towards a more distinctive sound. It is not surprising that …