[Music] Gunesh – Гунеш LP​/​CD (1980)

Gunesh (or, more appropriately, The Gunesh Ensemble) was a jazz-prog outfit led by one of the world’s most incredible and entertaining percussionist, the late Rishad Shafi, who died in 2014.

Presch Media GmbH has done a wonderful service in reissuing their 1980 debut, which is less flashy or jazzy, but very mellow, progressive, and showing a glimpse of their future greatness.

The good news is that the band is apparently carrying on, and judging by the mp3s I’m hearing on their website, they will be in good hands for some time to come.

 

[Music] Bassists Alliance Project – Crush

I can’t say I’m the biggest fan of metal music, but this is because I acquired my bias living in Los Angeles during the worst of the “hair band” debacle. However, hearing music like this from the Bassists Alliance Project, especially the bass playing by Alberto Rigoni, reminds me of how intricate and, frankly, progressive, this kind of metal can be.

[Music] Faarwind – Vega

Faarwind are an ambient music band out of Kazakhstan’s former capital city and cultural powerhouse, Almaty.  They produce a very gentle, lilting ambient music one can simply relax and unwind to.  It blends in well with the natural sounds of the house, and the compositions have a very pleasant feel to them.

[Music] The Edwin Hawkins Singers – O, Happy Day

People today are rightfully grieving the loss of Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries, who died far too early at the age of 46, but we lost another luminary as well.  Edwin Hawkins passed away today due to complications from pancreatic cancer.  He was 74, and he left one of the most joyous songs to ever get radio airplay.

[Music] Paul Schütze – New Maps Of Hell

Australian-born, England-based composer Paul Schütze hasn’t been terribly active musically for a few years now, but not because he hasn’t been creative. These days, it seems that his passion is in making perfumes of exquisite quality.

Still, it’s nice to go back to hearing the masters after enduring a barrage of good, but not-quite-brilliant ambient music releases.  This classic was first issued in 1992 by Extreme Records in Australia and followed up by Big Cat in the United Kingdom.  Hopefully New Maps II will also be reissued forthwith.