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Talinka is a band project by Israeli born vocalist, songwriter and actress Tali Atzmon, married to noted jazz instrumentalist and composer Gilad Atzmon who is also part of this quartet. The remaining places are taken up by Jenny Bliss Bennett and Yaron Stavi, each member is distinguished within their own field, making it a sort of ‘dream team’ if you like.

They describe their music as, “…a music loving adventure. For us, the love of music extends beyond style and genre. We blend folk, early music, jazz, tango and free improvisation”. That statement is a perfect description as it is clear from the first listen that this is an album created by people with a love for what they do. It would be difficult to categorise their sound and would be unfair to do so, they have created a wonderful fusion of the above mentioned styles with added touches of Middle Eastern elements.

Tali is an amazingly soulful jazz singer, whose voice captivates while the music weaves a magical spell on the listener, drawing you in; almost warm, gentle and at times haunting. They have used an excellent collection of instruments to enhance their sound, from viola de gamba, violin, bass clarinet to soprano saxophone, along with some great piano and double bass work. Each instrument provides lovely textures, just when needed, to enhance the songs. The album is full of delicate touches, wonderful melodies and interesting changes, which always hold your attention.

There are ten tracks; seven original compositions with three cover versions, two of which are the jazz standards You Don’t Know What Love Is and Don’t Explain, previously covered by both Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. The band adds their own feel to both of these tracks to produce excellent renditions.

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Things start off with the title track, a gentle stroll with some lovely jazz piano accompanied by Tali’s voice being used as an instrument, creating some great improv sounds. The double bass provides a subtle rhythm; there is also some lovely sax and clarinet work here. Losing Vision was written by Tali in response to the Syrian refuge crisis; a beautiful song, achingly heartfelt which packs an emotional punch (no matter on your personal views on this subject). Here Jenny’s contribution on the bowed violin de gamba stands out, with fine bass clarinet contributions too, Tali singing the lines, “People dream of leaving and people dream of loving”, creating a small message of hope in what could have come over as a solely melancholic song.

Invitation, penned by Polish composer Bronisław Kaper, begins with an incessant double bass groove, as the piece is given a Middle Eastern flavour at times, before the accordion comes in to change the focus to more of a Tango feel. All this is weaving around the basic bass groove, Tali’s vocals here are different having, and the best way I can describe it, a Jazzy Zappa style of delivery, and it works. Four 2 Tango does what it says, the accordion very prominent giving a real Tango feel, but it is on this track that the band get to stretch themselves, lending the song a great improv feel. Tali’s voice is again used like an instrument, matching the violin in a near duel, and towards the end Jenny puts in some very deep, forceful sounds with the viola de gamba before it is over all too soon.

The last couple of tracks are beautifully paced, When You’re Gone has a melancholic feel with the accordion giving those Tango touches again. Jenny and Yaron combine so well, having a great connection which lifts the song to another level. The closing Every Now and Then is full of melody with a subtle Middle Eastern influence.

This will undoubtedly be classed as a jazz album, but there is so much more here, wonderfully blending these different styles. This, I believe, could be an album that might convince people who find that Jazz does not sit well with them to give it a try. You may find it has more to offer, pushing boundaries to create new and interesting sounds.

Talinka was recorded by Ben Lamdin at The Fish Factory Studio London in November 2016, produced and mixed by Gilad Atzmon in London January 2017, and finally mastered by Andrew Tulloch at The Blue Studio. The album is available on CD and download, go listen and hopefully buy it, I don’t think you will be disappointed; I have enjoyed every minute of it.

01. Talinka (4:27)
02. Losing Vision (5:15)
03. Baroque Bottom (2:45)
04. Don’t Explain (5:52)
05. Invitation (6:02)
06. Four 2 Tango (6:02)
07. Heimat (1:40)
08. You Don’t Know What Love Is (7:04)
09. When You’re Gone (5:56)
10. Every Now and Then (3:51)

Total Time – 48:54

Tali Atzmon – Vocals
Jenny Bliss Bennett – Viola da Gamba, Violin, Flute, Vocals
Gilad Atzmon – Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Accordion
Yaron Stavi – Double Bass
~ Guests:
Frank Harrison – Piano
Enzo Zirelli – Percussion

Record Label: Moon June Records/Fanfare Records
Catalogue#: Fanfare-FJ1701
Date of Release: 23rd June 2017

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101 Dimensions: Electronic Music

I’m at the helm again for this week’s show and I have an interesting voyage charted! For those who might want to follow our progress, here’s a map:

1. Hawkwind – LSD; and Blue Shift (from the album 25 Years On, 1994)
2. Art Of Noise – Il Pleure (At The Turn Of The Century); Close (To The Edit); and Metaforce (from the album Electronic Collection, 2001)
3. Larry Fast’s Synergy – S-Scape; Chateau; and Cybersports (from the album Sequencer, 1976)
4. Har – The Low Road (2017)
5. Kraftwerk – Kometenmelodie 1 & 2; and Mitternacht (from the album Autobahn, 1974)
6. David Arkenstone – New Day; Sunset Highway; Places In The Heart; Full Sail; and Pacific Rain (from the album Sketches From An American Journey, 2002)
7. Karda Estra – Preliminary Steps; and The Curtain Falls (from the album Equilibrium, 2002)

It should be an interesting ride, with ups, downs, and all arounds! Until next time…bon voyage…and Prog On!


The Progressive Tracks Show #224 (Total Solar Eclipse), originally broadcast on Friday, August 18, 2017, is now available to download or listen to anytime you desire.

It’s been a long time since a total solar eclipse has happened in the United States.  To put it in perspective, U.K. (Jobson/Wetton/Bozzio) were just about to release its “Danger Money” album when the last eclipse occurred on February 26th, 1979.  Now THAT’s a looong time ago!

And believe me when I say, there’s plenty of great Prog on the subject of eclipses. So it’s no wonder I felt compelled to do a special 2-hour show (yes, you read that right) marking the total solar eclipse that occurred on Monday, August 21, 2017.


  • Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius – “Hysteria” from Guilty Of Innocence on Independent
  • Amenophis – “Suntower” from Amenophis on Musea
  • Michael Hoenig – “Sun and Moon” from Departure from the Northern Wasteland on Kuckuck Schallplatten
  • Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – “Solar Fire” from Solar Fire on Cohesion
  • Man – “Call Down the Moon” from Call Down the Moon on Esoteric Recordings
  • Astra – “The Rising of the Black Sun” from The Weirding on Rise Above Records
  • Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – “Total Eclipse” from Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express on Fuel
  • The Alan Parsons Project – “Total Eclipse” from I Robot on Arista
  • The Alan Parsons Project – “Genesis Ch.1 V.32” from I Robot on Arista
  • Kenny Mitchell – “Solar Eclipse, Part 1” from The Lark At Heaven’s Gate on Independent
  • Kenny Mitchell – “Solar Eclipse, Part 2 – Second Shadow” from The Lark At Heaven’s Gate on Independent
  • Toxic Smile – “Rayless Sun” from 7 on Progressive Promotions Records
  • Eat The Sun – “Prefeastthree” from The Djerassi Sessions on Independent
  • Green Meteor – “Consumed By A Dying Sun” from Consumed By A Dying Sun Robot on Independent
  • Pallas – “Shadow Of The Sun” from Wearewhoweare on Independent
  • Argos – “Sun And Moon” from Circles on Musea
  • Drifting Sun – “Eternal Cycle” from Eternal Cycle EP on Independent
  • Pink Floyd – “Brain Damage”” from Dark Side Of The Moon on EMI
  • Pink Floyd – “Eclipse” from Dark Side Of The Moon on EMI

If you have comments (always welcome), or suggestions for show topics/music, feel free to contact me anytime via email:

But first… enjoy the show!

Mike “ProgTracks” Pollack

Dire Straits – Solid Rock

Alpha Male Tea Party – Ballerina

Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It

Spinal Tap – Stonehenge

Manning – Clocks

Damanek – Oil Over Arabia

The Claypool Lennon Delirium – Astronomy Domine

Jethro Tull – Later, That Same Evening

The Damned – The History Of The World (Part 1)

PFM – Is My Face On Straight

Paul Draper – No Ideas

The Damned – Curtain Call

Supertramp – Crime Of The Century

Bullet Height – Bastion


Edition 68 of THE PROG MILL is now available to listen to anytime or download. Two hours of superb progressive rock leaning towards the melodic & symphonic side of the genre.

This weeks playlist:

1 Bad Dreams – Deja Vu (Deja Vu)
2 Karibow – The Impossible (From Here to the Impossible)
3 Crescent Moon – Black Vinyl Dreams (The Lidless Room)
4 Discipline – The Roaring Game (Captives of the Wine Dark Sea)
5 Mind Sculpture – Awakening
6 Il Castillo di Atlante – Il Tempo Del Grande Onore (Arx Atlantis)
7 The Dystopian Project – BGN (Paradigm)
8 Verbal Delirium – The Decayed Reflection (The Imprisoned Words of Fear)
10 Ghost – He Is (Meliora)
11 Forever Twelve – Home (Home)
12 Renaissance Rock Orchestra – Secrets in the Sand (In Times of Olde)
13 Jethro Tull – Nothing is Easy (Stand Up)
14 Gregorian Rock – Wisdom (Fire)
15 Genesis – Entangled (A Trick of the Tale)

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Tuesdays 0400-0600 UK (0300-0500 UTC) – For listeners in North America
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Your proggy music suggestions are very welcome. You can message the show by email, or message via twitter @shaunontheair or

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To the very day, Premiata Forneria Marconi (aka PFM) is considered the most influential and respected Italian rock band and on October 27th, 2017 InsideOutMusic will release the band’s new studio album “Emotional Tattoos”. Now, the band reveals the album’s striking cover artwork created by Stefano Bonora / Artkademy.

The band comments: “On the cover you see a fantastic spaceship run by Franz and Patrick, bringing the band to places never explored before, introducing the audience into the new PFM world, where music has not only one identity but evolves and embraces many genres. PFM is famous for never repeating previous records and “Emotional Tattoos” is an album that will leave emotions on the skin, like when a spaceship lands in a fantastic world with vegetation and animals in harmony with each other.”

PFM began writing their new opus in 2016, started recording in early 2017 and finished both an English and Italian version of the over an hour long record in July at Metropolis Recording Studio with Alessandro Marcantoni.

See below for the exact track-listing:
– English version –

1. We’re Not An Island (7:12)
2. Morning Freedom (6:06)
3. The Lesson (5:08)
4. So Long (5:56)
5. A Day We Share (6:03)
6. There’s A Fire In Me (4:55)
7. Central District (5:27)
8. Freedom Square – instrumental (4:47)
9. I’m Just A Sound (5:57)
10. Hannah (5:16)
11. It’s My Road (5:07)

– Italian version –

1. Il Regno (7:12)
2. Oniro (6:06)
3. La lezione (5:08)
4. Mayday (5:56)
5. La danza degli specchi (6:03)
6. Il cielo che c’è (4:55)
7. Quartiere generale (5:27)
8. Freedom Square – instrumental (4:47)
9. Dalla Terra alla Luna (5:57)
10. Le cose belle (5:16)
11. Big Bang (5:07)

PFM is a very eclectic and exuberant musical group with a distinctive style that impressively combines rock, progressive, and classical music into one mesmerizing sonic entity. Formed in 1970, the band quickly gained a prominent place on the international scene by making it to the Billboard charts (for 1973’s “Photos Of Ghosts”), and winning a gold record in Japan while constantly ruling the charts in their home country until today. PFM were honored with position #50 in the “UK Classic Rock Hall of Fame” of the 100 most important artists in the world as well as being awarded two gold records in their home country in 1971 and 1997.

“Emotional Tattoos” marks the return of the band’s trademark sound after two rather experimental releases. The new album takes a melodic rock route while offering surprising musical twists and turns including moody synths, orchestral arrangements, straight-forward guitar-driven passages and wonderful ballads.

The album can already be pre-ordered in the following formats from the official InsideOutMusic online store:

Gatefold black 2LP+2CD – English vinyl with both versions on 2CD

Limited Gatefold transparent orange 2LP+CD – Italian vinyl & Italian CD – limited to 500 copies

Special Edition 2CD Digipak – English & Italian version

Order the album here:

PFM Live
02 September – Porretta Terme (IT) Rufus Thomas Park
29 September – Modena (IT) Piazza Roma
30 September – Montesarchio (IT) Piazza San Sebastiano
14 November – Torino (IT) Teatro Colosseo
21 November – Napoli (IT)
25 November – Zoetermeer (NL) Boerderij
01 December – Padova (IT) Gran Teatro Geox
02 December – Varese (IT) Teatro Openjobmetis

09-10 January – Tokyo (JP)
11 January – Osaka (JP)
02 March – Milano (IT) Teatro Dal Verme
11 March – Assisi (IT) Teatro Lyrick
12 March – Roma (IT) Teatro Olimpico
03 May – Mexico City (MX) Plaza Condesa
06 May – Gettysburg (US) ROSFest
12 May – Legnano (IT) Teatro Galleria
…more dates to be announced soon!

PFM is:
Alessandro Scaglione: keyboards, Hammond, Moog
Lucio Fabbri: violin
Patrick Djivas: bass
Franz Di Cioccio: lead vocals, drums
Marco Sfogli: guitars
Roberto Gualdi: drums
Alberto Bravin: keyboards, backing vocals

PFM online

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Hi all !

This is my first post as I just discovered this forum. What a great resource!

Just wanted to take a moment to share the news about We Stood Like Kings’ upcoming album USA 1982.
It’s a new prog/post-rock/neoclassical soundtrack for the American cult movie Koyaanisqatsi.

Here’s a short teaser :
Two tracks are streaming here :

The album will be released on September 22 on Kapitän Platte Records (2LP, 2CD and digital).
We’ll be touring across Europe in the next months Smile All dates are on

Hope you enjoy it and thanks for reading!