The Dave Matthews Band’s eighth studio album was recorded earlier this year in Seattle with Steve Lillywhite, who produced the group’s first three studio records, Under The Table And Dreaming, Crash, and Before These Crowded Streets. Watch the video for the album’s first single, “Mercy,” here. Long-time Matthews band drummer Carter Beauford is once again at the helm.
This is being referred to as the companion CD to the Black Crowes’ singer’s Big Moon Ritual, which came out this past June. Like that album, this one features some extended song structures—“Vibration & Light Suite” clocks in at over thirteen minutes—as well as strong contributions from drummer George Sluppick. For more on George, check out his Update in the September issue of Modern Drummer, available in print here and in digital format here.
Speaking of long songs, ex–Spock’s Beard vocalist Neal Morse’s new one, featuring regular drumming sidekick Mike Portnoy, closes with the nearly thirty-four-minute “World Without End” suite. Morse is taking the album out on the road in early October; for show details go to nealmorse.com.
The Grammy nominated singer’s cool and sophisticated fourth album features no drumset, but does make the most out of percussionists Alex Acuña, Nicholas Stoup, Walter Rodriguez, as well as arrangements by pianist Geoffrey Keezer.