Artist: Carl Palmer
Title: “Working Live” Volume 3
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 10/19/2010
Genre: Progressive Rock
If you have ever enjoyed the legends of Progressive Rock then you already know the name of Carl Palmer for he is quite possibly one of the best drummers alive and still currently active. He came to notoriety with the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer and together the trio changed the framework of how Progressive Rock was going to move forward and have forever remained an influence to both fans and artists alike. The CD “Working Live” Volume 3 continues to showcase what Palmer is up to nowadays as a musician and it’s a very interesting thing to take a listen to based on just how Palmer and his trio are delivering the music. Although the master skin basher is working with a three piece group there is no keyboardist and instead a guitar god in the making in Paul Bielatowicz and the bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. The compositions presented are strictly instrumentals and we get a wide career spanning sample of them across the single disc release but if you are expecting the same sound you are accustomed to with traditional ELP then you are in for a surprise with this. I caught Carl a few years ago in concert when he was doing this show in NYC and I had to say that the use of the guitar gave these time honored tracks a whole new feel and life. I was a little on the fence with them because I had grown up with ELP as a favorite band but after a few numbers I enjoyed what I was experiencing. He is an awesome guitarist that brings a lot of talent to the table. He is also very young and displays a technique not often visible in someone of his age group. It was like listening to a younger Alan Holdsworth.
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Artist: Carl Palmer
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Label: Sanctuary Records
If you grew up in the Seventies and followed Progressive Rock music then you certainly would have been aware of the band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. For years they tested the limits of how Prog-Rock could be delivered and are held as legends in the genre for their accomplishments. Keith Emerson was super-human on his synthesizers while Greg Lake sang and played bass, the three-piece puzzle was complimented by the one and only Carl Palmer who was nothing short of a drumming genius. The mere mention of his name causes most percussionists to bow their heads and mumble utterances as to their lack of worthiness – all of it well deserved. Like most bands, people move on and ELP has not been around for about 10 years – allowing the individuals who made up the group to explore their own artistic direction and continue on the musical path. Tonight at B.B. King Blues Club, the legendary drummer Carl Palmer would be bringing a set of music to a sold-out room. Walking in we found tables for this one, and it was a shame since I know many people who were not able to get tickets for this. Seeing a drummer such as Carl perform in such an intimate venue is not something one would expect to do sitting down, so I snared a spot on the side and began to enjoy myself. The band would simply be Carl Palmer on drums and commentary, Stuart Clayton on bass and Paul Bielatowicz handling the guitar duties. Right off the bat I knew this would be interesting, as there is no keyboard player in the touring band. With so much of this in ELP music it would have to be piped in on tapes or performed somehow by the guitar player. The latter would be the case and the audience would find themselves treated to an amazing player on the axe with an almost Alan Holdsworth/Steve Vai level of skill. Song after song, he translated the Keith Emerson keyboard runs into guitar parts and the biggest surprise of all – he is 16 years old. Yes, Carl Palmer’s guitarist was the age of some of the kids who attended the show with their parents tonight and this kid was incredible to say the least. Despite the young man’s talent, everyone was there to see Carl, and he would be both drummer and emcee this evening. Sitting behind his blue vistalite Ludwig’s Carl would show everyone in attendance the level of play he is capable of and it is nothing short of astounding. Oddly enough it would be a much smaller kit than he ever used with both ELP and Asia, yet it worked on all levels for the set he would play with the band tonight.
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