Free Wheelin' Music Safari

Welcome to the new FreeWheelin' Music Safari. You ask how is it new, well I don;t have this landing page set yet, but there are now four new FreeWheelin' Sites! They are Free Wheelin' Safari: Prog, Free Wheelin' Jazz Safari, Free Wheelin' Safari:Roots and Free Wheelin' Safari:Blues you can access these sites via the Navigation menu at the top of the page! Hopefully these sites will allow readers to better explore the genres that appeal to them!!

  • Today in Music - Oct 21st - Happy Birthday - Steve Cropper and Elvin Bishop!

    Today in Music - Oct 21st - Happy Birthday - Steve Cropper and Elvin Bishop!

  • Exploring the Symphonic Progressive Rock of Netherland's - Minor Giant - On the Road

    Exploring the Symphonic Progressive Rock of Netherland's - Minor Giant - On the Road

Jazz Explorations

Jazz Explorations

Join me as I explore the World of Jazz. I enjoy a variety of Jazz from Hard Bop and BeBop to Post Bop and lead instruments from trumpet to Hammond B3. I also put New Age and World Music in the Jazz genre so look here to explore these genres!!
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Progressive Rock Explorations!

Progressive Rock Explorations!

A few years ago, my son Andrew told me that I had 70sto go to one of the prog music festivals with him, because lots of the attendees were old gray-beards like me!! Since back in the 1960s and 70s I was a fan of early prog groups like The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake and Plamer it made sense to me, so I started to explore Prog and found out that I did like it! So join me in my explorations of the genre!!
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Roots Music Explorations

Roots Music Explorations

I have been a folk music fan since the first time I heard Tom Paxton, Tom Rush and Jerry Jeff Walker. Through the years of childrearing I mostly listened to the music of John Prine, Jerry Jeff, Steve Goodman and added folk artists like Bill Morrisey, John Gorka, and David Wilcox. When my boys go older we started going to Tunes Used CDs a lot and I started exploring Texas Country music, bluegrass and other Americana artists. Come and explore this genre and sub-genres with me!!
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Blues - the Common Ground

Blues - the Common Ground

There's blues in jazz, progressive rock and folk and I love it all. I taste tends to lean mostly toward blues rockers like Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Sheperd and Stevie Ray, but I also like the masters like Buddy Guy, the Kings B,B, and Albert and Albert Collins. In the last few years I've added several blues women rockers to my list of favorites including: Samantha Fish, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Lisa Mann. So join me as I look for new and exciting blues music!!
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Featured articles

  • Archives:Crossover Prog from the UK: Into the Night with Big Big Train
  • The Safari explores the Progressive Metal of America’s – Thought Chamber – Psykerion!
  • Crossover Prog from Canada’s AsZension – Biosphere!
  • The Safari discovers Neo-Prog in Chile – Aisles – 4:45 AM!
  • New Progressive Metal from the US’s Oceans of Night – Midnight Rising!
  • The Safari revisits Finland and Explores the Music of Cardiant – Verge
  • Exploring Neo Prog from the United States’ Roy Strattman – The Lie of the Beholder!
  • Progressive Metal from NYC’s – Infinite Spectrum – Misguided
  • Crossover Prog from Poland’s Iluzjon – Silent Andromeda!
  • Neo Prog from the UK – Gandalf’s Fist- A Day in the Life of (..Ivan -Not! …) a Univeral Wanderer

Jazz Birthday – Oct 23, 1973 – Nick Andrew is born: Discovering Nick leads to a Music Filled Morning!!

Nick Andrew

When I looked down the list of musicians who were born on this day the first  one that caught my eye had the same first name my first son – Nick, Then I looked at his last name and it’s my second son’s first name Andrew now I was really intrigued! A look at his instrument, the electric guitar sealed the deal ! I was going to check out Mr Nick Andrew.  My first stop was his website, where I read…..

Nick is a remarkably accomplished guitarist who takes ‘Fusion’ to another level with his range encompassing the full spectrum from flamenco and classical to jazz and rock and is not only a dazzling soloist but also an intuitive and creative rhythm player whether on acoustic, electric or MIDI instruments.


Nick grew up in Scotland, where he established a formidable reputation as a virtuoso guitarist, composer, teacher and session guitarist, playing alongside various masters from the world of Classical and Jazz guitar including Simon Dinnegan, John Goldie, Allan Neave and Russian composer Nikita Koshkin

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Today in Music – Oct 21st – Happy Birthday – Steve Cropper and Elvin Bishop!

Originally, posted October 21, 2012

Today we celebrate the birthday of  guitarist and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Steve Cropper (1941). From Wikipedia:

 Steve Cropper (born Steven Lee Cropper, October 21, 1941, Dora, Missouri),[1] also known as Steve “The Colonel” Cropper, is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist of the Stax Records house band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s, and has backed artists such as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor, also acting as producer on many of these records. He later gained fame as a member of the Blues Brothers band.[2] Rolling Stone lists him 36th on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[3] Mojo ranks Cropper as the second-best guitarist ever. continue reading

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Exploring the Music of Rodney Whitaker – When We Find Ourselves Alone – “Is He Ever Alone?

Rodney Whitaker’s new release When We Find Ourselves Alone his been in my music rotation for a while now and I am enjoying it more and moreWhen We find Ourselves aAlone2 with each listen. After listening to the album several times, I went to his web page to find out a little more amount the Mack Avenue bass player. What I discovered aside from the fact that he has released seven albums as a leader or co-leader, but he has recorded and recorded with a plethora of artist that include:

 Jimmy Heath, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Vanessa Rubin, Kathleen Battle, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Jon Faddis, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Rodney Jones, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Burrell, Bob James, Benny Golson, Regina Carter, Pat Matheny, Nicholas Payton, Jimmy Cobb, Joshua Redman, Stephon Harris, Johnny O’Neal, Marcus Belgrave, James Carter, Steve Turre, Claudio Roditi, Junko Onishi, Harry Allen, Ronnie Matthews, Chick Corea, Kenny Garrett, Kevin Mahogany, Ingrid Jensen, Barry Harris, Ron Blake, Jeff Clayton, Dana Hall, Gerald Wilson, Sean Jones, Niki Harris, Wessell Anderson, Don Vappie, Johnny O’Neal, Cedar Walton, Renee Rosnes, Randy Brecker, Rickey Woodard, Bobby Shew, Gary Smulyan, Joe LaBarbera, Randy Napolean, Peter Martin, Nnenna Freelon, Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Greg Hutchinson, Carl Allen, Herlin Riley, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Terrell Stafford, Tim Warfield, Bruce Barth, Jon Carl Hendricks, Roy Hargrove, the late greats: Dizzy Gelispie, Mulgrew Miller, Tommy Flanagan, John Lewis, Marian McPartland, Donald Walden, Joe Henderson, Hank Jones, Frank Morgan and Betty ‘Bebop’ Carter Read More

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“Into the Morning” with New Music from Netherland’s Knight Area – Hyperdrive


HyperdriveSo back in May of 2013, I had a good music listening day that ended with the discovery of Knight Area from the Netherlands. I have patiently been waiting for the release of a new album and that happened on October 14th when they released Hyperdrive. Since the day of the album’s release, it has been in my music rotation, and I have enjoyed it a lot!! I will be writing about it in the next few days, but until then you can read my old post about the band here and let’s go into the morning with the video for the song “Hypnotized” from Hyperdrive!

Album of the Day – Rob McCoury – The 5 String Flamethrower – Yes He Is!!

The 5 string Flamethrower

Rob McCoury was born into bluegrass royalty in April of 1971, the son of bluegrass great Del McCoury. He attended his first The 5 string Flamethrowerbluegrass festival in Allentown, Pa  at the age of six weeks, caught the bluegrass “bug” after seeing the Osbourne brothers perform, and made his professional debut as a bass player for his dad at the age of 15!! In August of 2014, after playing for years in Dad’s Del McCoury Band and the band’s second generation alter-ego The Travelin’ McCourys, Rob has stepped out and released his first solo album The 5 String Flamethrower After listening to the album this morning, I would say that the moniker fits Mr McCoury!!

The album is a tribute album to those bluegrass banjo players that have preceded him. McCoury says… “My first love will always be traditional bluegrass,” ….. “When it’s right, there’s just nothing better. I love the simplicity of being able to take four or five guys, get ‘em out, tune ‘em up and play.”  The album is full of great  tunes from the banjo masters, who play and played that traditional bluegrass,  McCoury loves!

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This Date in Music – October 18, 1947 – Singer-songwriter Laura Nyro was born!


 Laura NyroBorn on this day was singer-songwriter Laura Nyro. Now many of you may not know Laura’s name but you just may have heard a song or two that she wrote because……

Between 1968 and 1970, a number of artists had hits with her songs: The 5th Dimension with “Blowing Away”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Save The Country” and “Black Patch”; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter, Paul & Mary with “And When I Die”; Three Dog Night and Maynard Ferguson with “Eli’s Coming”; and Streisand with “Stoney End”, “Time and Love”, and “Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)”. Nyro’s best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Up on the Roof.

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