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Djam Karet
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CD Reviews
A Night For Baku
Review by Gary Hill
This is arguably the strongest album Djam Karet has ever done, and they are a band with a history of producing strong discs! The group doesn't wander far from its tried and true method of creating instrumental guitar dominated prog that is both atmospheric and dynamic.
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Ascension
Review by Gary Hill
Djam Karet really is an intriguing band. The group have a way of producing material that is entertaining and catchy, while still spacey and even weird a lot of the time.
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Burning the Hard City
Review by G. W. Hill
Fans of guitar dominated instrumental prog rejoice. Burning the Hard City by Djam Karet has been reissued. This band pulls off progressive rock changes and metallic power all the while blending it with very listenable grooves.
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Live at NEARfest 2001
Review by Gary Hill
Djam Karet's particular form of progressive rock is very guitar dominated, and is really about instrumentals that showcase atmospheric themes, soaring guitar patterns and intricate song structures.
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Live at Orion
Review by G. W. Hill
Combining elements of King Crimson, Rush, Zappa, Steve Vai and others as diverse as the Allman Brothers, this album is a very strong guitar dominated instrumental prog work. The disc does not come across as blind noodling, as some of this genre does.
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New Dark Age
Review by Gary Hill
The newest release from Djam Karet, this one continues their tradition of rather unusual guitar driven progressive rock instrumentals. It features some jams that are quite entertaining and interesting and would be a good introduction to band for first time listeners while still pleasing their longtime fans.
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Recollection Harvest
Review by Gary Hill
Djam Karet have worked hard to create their own unique brand of guitar dominated instrumental prog. They have been at it for twenty years now, and with their latest, Recollection Harvest, they are working to challenge themselves, their listeners and all preconceived notions about the band's sound.
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Reflections From The Firepool
Review by G. W. Hill
Another Djam Karet CD being reissued on the Cuneiform label, this one is a great album, still firmly in the band's trademark style. Honestly, when you pick up a new album by this group, you pretty much know what you are getting. In this case, that is not a bad thing.
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Regenerator 3017
Review by Gary Hill
The one thing you can always count on with Djam Karet is quality.

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Suspension and Displacement
Review by G. W. Hill
Pink Floyd is a big influence on this album, as are King Crimson and Hawkwind. The album was recorded at the same time as Burning the Hard City, but is much more sedate than that album.
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The Heavy Soul Sessions
Review by Scott Montgomery
The latest (and much anticipated) Djam Karet release is another smashing success for this stalwart California prog powerhouse.  

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The Ritual Continues
Review by Gary Hill
This album is an early release by Djam Karet, but still shows plenty of signs of the band that they are today. This group is one of the few who can create entire albums of instrumental music that are satisfying and feel complete.
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The Trip
Review by Gary Hill
A few albums this time around have been mildly disappointing to me.

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Interviews
Djam Karet
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet from 2000



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Djam Karet
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet from 2009
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Djam Karet
Interview by Scott Montgomery

Interview with Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet from 2011


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Djam Karet
Interview by Gary Hill
Interview with Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet from 2016

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Fernwood
Review by G. W. Hill

Interview with Gayle Ellett of Fernwood from 2015


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Fernwood - Arcadia
Review by G. W. Hill

Featuring Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet fame, this album would land under that heading based entirely on that connection.


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Hillmen - Blue Mountain Session
Review by G. W. Hill

Here’s an intriguing disc of instrumental music.


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Herd of Instinct - Conjure
Review by G. W. Hill

This latest disc from Herd of Instinct is diverse and strong.


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Henderson/Oken - Dream Theory in the IE
Review by G. W. Hill

Mike Henderson and Chuck Oken are both members of Djam Karet, so one might expect this to sound like that band.


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Various Artists - Got Prog? - Sampler 1
Review by Greg Olma
Sampler compilations are always sketchy endeavors. I for one would not want to compile one myself. My tastes are far too wide and I would be thinking of what I like and not what I thought fits best.
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Herd of Instinct - Herd of Instinct
Review by Gary Hill

This mostly instrumental album is released on Djam Karet’s new label. In fact, Gayle Ellett from Djam Karet guests on the disc, along with quite a few more notable names.


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Various Artists - Kinections: The ProgDay Support CD
Review by Josh Turner
There are two great things about this release. First off, it's for a charitable cause. Second, it is truly great music. Lew Fisher (on behalf of the ProgDay foundation) is the mastermind behind this project.
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Herd of Instinct - Manifestation
Review by G. W. Hill

Featuring Gayle Ellett of Djam Karet, this band is a great one.


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Fernwood - Sangita
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is a real gem!  It’s one of the most deliciously satisfying albums that I have heard all year.  


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Spoke of Shadows - Spoke of Shadows
Review by G. W. Hill

This set is a powerful one.


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Various Artists - The Strange Sound of Cthulhu: Music Inspired by the Writings of H.P. Lovecraft written by Gary Hill
Review by Lisa Palmeno
A bit of an editorial comment needs to be made here. Since the person you see as "ed." - that's "editor" not "Ed" - is the author of this book, this is a bit awkward in a way. I had considered not covering this book at MSJ, but that seems unfair as we do provide promotion in the form of reviews for other authors.
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Ukab Maerd - The Waiting Room
Review by Gary Hill

This project is a spin off from Djam Karet. It shares the explorative nature of that band and the lack of concern for mainstream directions.


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Mike Henderson - White Arrow Project
Review by Gary Hill

Featuring a couple members of Djam Karet, one might expect this disc to sound like that outfit.


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