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BERTRAM TURETZKY: RECITAL OF NEW MUSIC (1964)

CDBaby just sold out of the digitally remastered re-issue of Bert Turetzky's classic first album of New Music for bass. We're sending copies to them today, but if you want to order a copy right away (and save a bit of money), send us a private message & we can get one in the mail to you.
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Jazz Institute of CHicago JAZZGRAM reviews
OF ALIEN FEELINGS by Calvin Weston

Drummer Calvin Weston does not hail from Chicago, but his new album bears undoubtedly the mark of local bass player Karl E. H. Seigfried who also displays his wonderful chops on guitar. OF ALIEN FEELINGS includes a surprising cast. Jack Walrath, Todd Rundgren, Vernon Reid or Supertramp’s John Helliwell have never been seen sharing credits before. The brand of fusion the band purveys owes more to Frank Zappa or prog rock than to Weather Report or Mahavishnu Orchestra. And Weston’s rock-steady beats and Seigfried’s flamboyance makes it a fun ride.

Hear samples from the recording at cdbaby.com/cd/weston
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DUTCH PROGRESSIVE ROCK PAGE has posted an in-depth review of our latest release, OF ALIEN FEELINGS by Calvin Weston (drummer for Ornette Coleman, James "Blood" Ulmer, Derek Bailey, etc).

Highlights from the review:

"Exposed to a multitude of musicians and styles since his days playing professionally from his late teens in the mid-seventies, Weston has teamed up with versatile guitarist and bassist +Karl Seigfried - who solo produced and co-wrote all the music with Weston - and a host of eclectically selected invited celebrity musicians to bring us a musical experience where virtuosity takes centre stage.

"Some of the celebrities joining the party will be well known to progressive rock fans. Todd Rundgren contributes a blistering guitar solo on 'First of the New Age Masters,' a composition to which ay Beckenstein - co-founder and leader of Spyro Gyra - also contributes on saxophone. This composition is one of the highlights; the opening - drumless - plucked guitar (I think Seigfried rather than Rundgren) is very beautiful. The saxophone plays a major role on the album - this is jazz after all and, as you'll have already surmised, playing with saxophonists has been a big thing in Weston's career: accordingly Supertramp's John Helliwell and former Hawkwind man Nik Turner play on four more tracks, with Turner taking the lion's share of solos, including on a track to which he lends his name, 'Meme from Turner,' a very free-jazz track to which Focus's Thijs van Leer also contributes on flute.

"Very prominent on the four tracks in which it appears is the Hammond organ of jazz player John Medeski, here played in a rock format reminiscent of early Deep Purple: take a listen to the powerhouse 'Byrdland' for instance. Stonking! The other two guest soloists not yet mentioned are Vernon Reid, a prominent guitarist who first made his name in the 1980s with the band Living Colour, who appears on one composition, and famed jazz trumpeter Jack Walrath - who has played with notables such as Charles Mingus, Ray Charles and Miles Davis - who lends his colours to three compositions.

"This is an album that melds jazz with rock. Many jazz-rock fusions tend towards rock, whereas OF ALIEN FEELINGS has its balance in the jazz world. If you are a fan of jazz, or you have been intrigued by what you've heard and what to find out more about this vast world, then OF ALIEN FEELINGS is a great place to start."

Read the complete review at dprp.net/reviews/201302.php#calvinweston
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DownBeat Magazine names OF ALIEN FEELINGS by Calvin west one of the BEST CDs OF 2012!

We're very proud of this album by the legendary drummer for Ornette Coleman & James Blood Ulmer. It features a historical line-up of jazz & rock superstars with over 20 gold records between them - Jay Beckenstein, John Helliwell, Thijs van Leer, John Medeski, Vernon Reid, Todd Rundgren, Karl E. H. Seigfried, Nik Turner & Jack Walrath.

Check out the album at cdbaby.com/cd/weston
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+JazzTimes has a 6-page feature on legendary drummer Calvin Weston's amazing career with Ornette Coleman, James "Blood" Ulmer & many others - and his new album on +Imaginary Chicago Records: the "cross-generational, international, multicultural, interracial" OF ALIEN FEELINGS. The new CD features Todd Rundgren, John Medeski & members of the Charles Mingus Quintet, Supertramp, Spyro Gyra, Hawkwind, Focus & Living Colour. Hear the music at cdbaby.com/cd/weston
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The Philadelphia City Paper just ran a cover story on legendary drummer Calvin Weston, singling out his new release on Imaginary Chicago Records for special praise, calling it "a heavy hitter, co-composed by guitarist/bassist Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried and featuring Hawkwind saxophonist Nik Turner, organist John Medeski and six-stringers Vernon Reid and Upper Darby’s own Todd Rundgren."

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PROG MAGAZINE review of Calvin Weston: OF ALIEN FEELINGS - Drummer’s solo album turns into a team effort.

Proof that variety is the spice of life, OF ALIEN FEELINGS is a peppery melange of funk-tinged boogie, groovesome, jazzy extemporisation and a gratifying tendency to rock out when required.

Although issued under Weston’s name, its 12 tracks are co-composed by Karl E. H. Seigfried, who features prominently on numerous acoustic and electric stringed instruments. Proffering some delightfully glistening lap steel and bracing slide work, the upbeat, double harmony work could easily fit on an Allman Brothers record. Ex-Lounge Lizard Weston has previously played with James ‘Blood’ Ulmer and Ornette Coleman.

This straightforward, busy set benefits from a lengthy guest list that goes beyond the usual suspects. Useful cameos from John Medeski, Vernon Reid, Supertramp’s John Helliwell, Hawkwind’s Nik Turner, and Thijs van Leer all inject juice. Todd Rundgren’s explosive guitar is exciting, but when they appear, the spirited trumpet cadenzas of ex-Mingus sideman Jack Walrath are the real showstoppers.

Hear the music at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/weston
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DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE ★★★★ review - Calvin Weston's OF ALIEN FEELINGS is full-frontal rock, jazz almost an afterthought. Featured artists include John Medeski and Jack Walrath. Weston's ferocity on drums and synth percolates through the slinker "The Stumper," while the rapid-fire waltz "Byrdland" is another feature with co-writer/guitarist Karl E. H. Seigfried, this time on electric bass. "Meme from Turner" showcases saxist Nik Turner's jazzy wails and flutist Thijs van Leer breezy, breathy flute.
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Review of OF ALIEN FEELINGS by Calvin Weston from ECHOES, The UK's Essential Black Music Monthly:

"Ornette fans will recognise the lateral reference to the great man’s OF HUMAN FEELINGS as well as the name of one of his uberclass drummers from the Prime Time days. Apart from that, they may raise an eyebrow at a guest list that includes Vernon Reid, Todd Rundgren, John Medeski, Thijs Van Leer and Jay Beckenstein of Spyro Gyra! But they’d do well to put personal prejudices aside first and foremost because that somewhat unexpected congregation gels better than the national football team of at least two countries whose governments are as dodgy as Eurobonds.

"Like Ornette, Weston is a blues sophisticate. He understands how the form can accommodate a wide range of fancy timbres and quirks in harmony or pulse, right down to implying Indian ragas, all the while retaining its core structure and narrative drive. The result is a set that really breathes life into the jazz-rock canon, precisely by showing how rich it can be when its blues-rock quotient stays to the fore. Furthermore, the sheer imagination and virtuosity of those playing it is neither reined in to conservatism nor pushed out to self-indulgent bombast.

"Lastly, it has to be said that bassist Karl E.H. Seigfried does a fine job as Weston’s co-conpirator, shoring up the rhythm section and sharing writing credits to match-winning effect."

Check out the music at cdbaby.com/cd/weston

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FIRST REVIEW OF OUR NEW RELEASE!
"This has to be the most eclectic line-ups I've seen on one disc in a long while! Who else could tap the talents of Todd Rundgren, Thijs van Leer (from Focus), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Jack Walrath (Mingus 70's band) and Jay Beckenstein (Spyrogyra)? Only Calvin Weston, that's who! Calvin's co-leader here is Karl Seigfried, a fine guitarist and bassist, as well as a strong composer.
"Starting with 'The Electric Wizard,' the band is off and running and burning through their own version of jazz/rock/funk/prog. Each song is based on an infectious groove or sly construction with short yet inspired solos from Medeski, Seigfried on guitar & bass, Walrath on trumpet. Calvin adds a little synth here and there while Karl plays some lap steel in unexpected places.
"I can hear bits of P-Funk, the tastier side of seventies fusion and other creative strands. Both big name guitarists, Todd Rundgren and Vernon Reid, each pull off smokin' solos. More than the hot solos though, there is a certain gleeful jam-band vibe feels just right throughout the entire disc. You can tell these guys were having fun since there is a swell atmosphere bubbling underneath. Thanks Calvin & co., you just made my day!"
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