His very name seeming to suggest perpetual motion, Wally Waller has never been prone to stopping in his tracks, be it as a prominent member of THE PRETTY THINGS during their most remarkable period or as a producer for the likes of BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST. At 78 years of age, the veteran is still very much active, which means the Covid-related lockdown turned out into a torment for him, and that’s why Waller began to dabble in creating videos for old material as well as recording various favorites, singing and playing acoustic guitar, on the old tablet, and then overdub additional instruments and vocals. Thus Wally’s first-ever solo album – not counting 1976’s “Do It” by WALLY WALLER BAND, on which he played everything anyway – was born.
When THE ALBION BAND released “Songs From The Shows” back in 1990, it was more than a neat summary of their concert recordings from the late ’70s to the late ’80s; it was an aural extravaganza, with music and words shedding a bright light on the Ashley Hutchings-led ensemble’s folklore-infused, yet unique, world. Not ever losing affinity for this method of structuring a performance, Tyger’s been returning to it time and again, as albums like "A Midwinter Miscellany" keep on suggesting, and now he’s following up on 2021’s "Ninety-Nine Impressions" with a new live record in the same vein.
The images beamed to Earth by the James Webb Space Telescope has been the recent days’ primary sensation, which is remarkable in itself because so many people who are not really interested in science are in awe of these unique photographs. Of course, the swirl of galaxies attracted the attention of politicians and artists, the latter finding fresh inspiration in what they’ve seen all over the Web, the veteran hitmaker Graham Gouldman of 10CC fame and his old friend Brian May among the flock.
Finnish guitarist Andy McCoy has been a rock ‘n’ roll role model for many a glam metallers for more than four decades – ever since his ensemble HANOI ROCKS stormed from Helsinki’s scene into international market – yet the veteran’s influence was always rooted not only in his fretboard-running skills and talent as a composer but also in the depth of his oeuvre. This depth, in its turn, came from the artists McCoy himself was influenced by – from rockabilly performers to punk players and from reggae heroes to blues movers, so there many be a little surprise in Andy’s delivering a covers album “Jukebox Junkie” on August 5th: what’s really surprising is the choices he made for inclusion on the platter.
When people talk about female saxophonists of international renown, it’s usually Candy Dulfer that comes to mind; when I think about players of the fair sex, it’s always Barbara Thompson whose name and music I mentally hear. And now the lady who was a part of jazz elite for decades – as long as she was able to blow her instrument – and was awarded the MBE in 1996 for services to music has passed away, drawing her last ever breath on July 9th, not long before her 78th birthday. An associate member of UNITED JAZZ AND ROCK ENSEMBLE and COLOSSEUM and the leader of JUBIABA abd PARAPHERNALIA, the latter band’s concerts emphasizing what an intrepid performer Ms. Thompson used to be.