Beyond any doubt, french band Pj5 is influenced by English and Scandinavian rock, pop and electro bands, as well as the New York jazz scene. The band stays strongly attached to the wide jazz tradition and at the same time offers a modern sound where the melody thread is always running throughout the music. On stage, Pj5 sends out a huge sound, with an omnipresent melodic lyricism, and explosive energy. Feeling very concerned about the current ecological problems, alarming consumption trends and depletion of the planet’s resources, Paul Jarret, Pj5 leader, found a comforting source of inspiration for writing his new album : the trees. In this album simply titled «Trees», all the songs have as a common theme the Tree, symbol of patience and wisdom, incarnation of mystery, beauty and magic of Nature, source of food, material and oxygen, indispensable to the Man who too often forget it.
Understandably, Screaming Trees gained far more attention during the '90s, caught up as that decade was in the Nirvana fallout and the fluke (but well-deserved) success of "Nearly Lost You." But the band's '80s efforts are worth a listen, and Anthology, cherry-picking from the three SST albums as well as the Other Worlds EP that preceded them, is a fair enough place to start…
Surviving in Africa is not easy. A demanding human population increases the pressure on wilderness areas and persecutes the animals that threaten crops and livestock. But there are some protected areas in southern Africa where leopards, elephants and hyenas live a sheltered existence. Trees Of Life tells three stories of the endurance and survival of Africa’s most iconic natural history symbols – from predators to prey, extreme environments and legendary trees. A pride of lions, a territorial leopard and a cheetah mother play out their lives in the shadows of three impressive trees – the Sausage tree in the Luangwa Valley in Zambia, the Acacia Camel Thorn, in the Kalahri in South Africa and the Marula Tree in the Manyaleti near the Kruger National Park.
Pointedly not a greatest-hits collection, the double-disc compilation Songs from the Trees instead is a soundtrack to Carly Simon's 2015 memoir Boys in the Trees (in that it has a cousin in Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, an autobiography with an accompanying aural collection). Surely, there are hits here – not all of them, but "You're So Vain," "Mockingbird," "You Belong to Me," and "Anticipation" are – but there are also some deep cuts, a track from the Simon Sisters ("Winken', Blinkin' and Nod") and other assorted rarities.
Arguably the first consistently strong album Fleetwood Mac ever recorded – all the way back into the Peter Green/Jeremy Spencer era, the Mac's albums had previously consisted of individual moments of brilliance in a sea of uninspired filler – 1972's Bare Trees is also the album where the band finally defines its post-blues musical personality…
David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees was his first solo album after having left the art rock band Japan back in the early 80's. For an album of only seven tracks, Brilliant Trees is an eclectic affair fusing funk, jazz, and ambient. Its best pieces are the moody jazz of "Red Guitar," the dusky atmosphere of "Weathered Wall," and "Brilliant Trees" itself, both of which feature the woozy trumpet of Eno collaborator and fourth-world pioneer Jon Hassell. The record also showcases guest players like Holger Czukay.
Collecting wild bonsai trees should be undertaken only if you know what you are doing, and helping you to learn exactly that is what this excellent bonsai DVD is all about. Don't even think about digging up nature's bonsai trees without first heeding Andy's practical experience.