instrumental Archive

Album Review: Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells 50th Anniversary Celebration

When Mike Oldfield debuted with his album-length 1972 work Tubular Bells, it was a momentous occasion. The piece – essentially instrumental save for a bit of emceeing by The Bonzo […]

30 Days Out, January 2023 #2: Andrew Scotchie, ABACAB, Neal Francis, Free Planet Radio

Here we are in mid-January. As I’ve observed countless times before, this is the “quiet season” in Western North Carolina. The weather can be blustery, but the season presents an […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: New Releases

2022 has been another great year for new music. Even with everything else going on, I’ve reviewed nearly 120 new albums this year on Musoscribe. And in compiling my annual […]

30 Days Out, Dec. 2022 #2: Russ Wilson, Datrian Johnson, Asheville Jazz Orchestra, Moon Hooch

The end of the year and the cold of winter represent something of a return to form for Asheville; most of the tourists are gone, and locally-based artists who tour […]

Album Review: The Comet is Coming – Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

Despite what some stuck-in-the-past nostalgic types might assert, there’s plenty of good (and sometimes even great) music being made today. The best artists still find ways to offer up something […]

Album Review: Talkdemonic – Various Seasides

The name is a classic case of misdirection, and that’s just the beginning. Read up a bit on Talkdemonic and you might not be prepared for what their latest album […]

Album Review: Connie Han — Secrets of Inanna

There was a time when jazz was edgy, boundary-pushing and even threatening (albeit in a good way). Some may disagree, but other than free jazz – which is frankly too […]

Album Reviews: David Javelosa – Atomic Odyssey! and Modern Work Volume One

David Javelosa is an inspired musician whose work is primarily synthesizer-based. But his bent, whimsical and playful approach to music results in sounds that are far from the “serious” kind […]

Album Review: The New Mastersounds — The Deplar Effect

For more than two decades now, The New Mastersounds have been creating and refining their winning brand of fusion/funk/what-have-you. Right out of the gate, the result of their creative endeavors […]

Joe Satriani: Telling Stories With and Without Words (Part 2 of 2)

Continued from Part One… Sometimes the timeline exceeds two years. Satriani mentions “Through a Mother’s Day Darkly,” a breathtaking highlight of The Elephants of Mars. He wrote the song in […]