Header

AURORA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Aurora picture
Aurora biography
This mid-70's Texas outfit was inspired by the music of Jean-Luc Ponty (the band was indeed named after Ponty's album "Aurora"). During their short existence (1976-80), they never actually released any official album. The two founders of AURORA are volinist Mark Menikos and guitarist Skip SoRelle. Menikos' mentors are Jean-Luc Ponty and Stphane Grapelli, whereas SoRelle draws his influence from jazz legends John Coltrane, Chick Corea and Larry Coryell. Although playing in different bands, the two somehow met up - Menikos had invited SoRelle to play some ZAPPA and MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA material. They hit it off so instantly that they decided to embark on their own musical venture together. Bassist Roy Vogt, keyboardist John Sharp and drummer Martin McCall were eventually added to the roster.

Their eponymous cd, released in 1999, is a mixture of studio recordings and live gigs. A hunk of burning prog jazz-fusion, the album clearly shows the two founders' respective styles, where Menikos' violin-dominated pieces are easily distinguisable from SoRelle's fusion numbers. There are also a couple of relaxed pieces on the album, sort of Pat Metheny laid-back style, courtosy of keyboardist John Sharp. Finally, the album also features some live material taped during a 1977 radio broadcast in Dallas.

There's often a very a fine line between certain jazz elements and progressive rock. And if your brand of prog includes the likes of Jean-Luc Ponty and MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA, or if you are fond of the Coltrane/Coryell/Corea family, you will definitely enjoy this material. It is packed with energy and performed with gusto by highly skilled musicians.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

Aurora official website

AURORA MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

AURORA forum topics / tours, shows & news


AURORA forum topics Create a topic now
AURORA tours, shows & news Post an entries now

AURORA Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to AURORA

Buy AURORA Music


Dimension GateDimension Gate
Cleopatra Records/Ka 1994
Audio CD$7.99
$1.06 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Astronaut SCOTT Carpenter AURORA 7 Mercury SPACE Mission Record 7 inch EP 1962 USD $19.00 Buy It Now 3h 6m
Asia - SEALED Unplayed Aurora EP Japan OBI Unopened Yes Wishbone Ash The Buggles USD $87.99 Buy It Now 3h 22m
Various Artists Aurora CD USD $4.21 Buy It Now 3h 43m
Claudia Aurora - Silencio CD USD $22.49 Buy It Now 6h 38m
Litmus - Aurora (NEW 2 x 12" VINYL LP) USD $23.75 Buy It Now 7h 25m
Michael Mcgoldrick - Aurora (NEW CD) USD $21.12 Buy It Now 7h 28m
Sadiam - Aurora (2006, CD New) USD $12.51 Buy It Now 7h 51m
Jean-Luc Ponty - Original Album Series: Aurora / Cosmic Messenger / En (NEW 5CD) USD $23.04 Buy It Now 9h 11m
Aurora If You Could Read My Mind 12" Remixes by Coloursound, Headfunk, Roksolid USD $5.15 Buy It Now 12h 6m
AURORA Hear You Calling 12" Orig Mother Earth Mix B/W En Motion Remix (Sleeve W USD $13.82 Buy It Now 12h 14m
SCARLATTI: CANTATAS / ENSEMBLE AURORA, ET AL - NEW CD USD $18.18 Buy It Now 12h 56m
Silencio Aurora Claudia Portugal CD NEW USD $16.40 Buy It Now 13h 11m
Le Orme-"L' AURORA COMPILATION" ITALIAN PSYCH ROCK-CD USD $17.99 Buy It Now 14h 17m
Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet and Princess Aurora St Louis Symphony LP Vinyl Record USD $2.24 Buy It Now 14h 18m
HIGHLORD WHEN THE AURORA FALLS 2000 NORTH WIND SKYLARK WARLOUD POWER SYMPHONY USD $24.99 Buy It Now 14h 31m
Aurora (2008, CD New) USD $6.65 Buy It Now 14h 42m
THE AURORA PROJECT - SHADOW BORDER - NEW CD USD $16.48 Buy It Now 15h 7m
Ben Frost - AURORA - Limited Edition Yellow Vinyl LP, Poster & Download *NEW* USD $35.34 Buy It Now 15h 28m
Traumen Von Aurora - Rekonvaleszenz [CD New] USD $17.79 Buy It Now 15h 40m
Aurora - Sadiam [CD New] USD $15.25 Buy It Now 15h 49m
Aurora [CD New] USD $7.75 Buy It Now 16h 11m
AURORA NEW CD USD $10.38 Buy It Now 16h 27m
GERALDO & His Orchestra Aurora / St Mary's in the twilight 78 Parlophne F1859 USD $19.97 Buy It Now 16h 30m
Andrew & Ji Hyun Woo Seigel - Aurora CD-R [CD New] USD $14.43 Buy It Now 16h 41m
Le Orme-L'Aurora Italian psych Japanese SHM-CD Mini lp USD $32.99 Buy It Now 16h 55m
Jon Oivind Ness: Fierce Kentucky Mothers of Doom (CD, Nov-2013, Aurora) USD $17.75 Buy It Now 17h 6m
SZYMANOWSKI, KAROL - AURORA [SZYMANOWSKI, KAROL] [CD] [1 DISC] - NEW CD USD $12.93 Buy It Now 17h 25m
USA - Black Metal (1996) - Aurora Boreal- "Mansions of Eterni - Promo Tape USD $3.99 [1 bids]
17h 42m
Aurora by Litmus (CD, Aug-2009, Metal Blade) USD $9.64 Buy It Now 17h 48m
Wild Butter by Wild Butter (CD, Sep-2014, Aurora) USD $13.75 Buy It Now 17h 49m
Arne Nordheim: The Tempest, Suite form the Ballet (CD, Jan-1992, Aurora Records) USD $12.38 Buy It Now 17h 51m
Knut Vaage: Gardens of Hokkaido (CD, Jan-2011, Aurora) USD $14.91 Buy It Now 18h 10m
Aurora Self Titled 1993 New Sealed Cassette USD $9.99 Buy It Now 18h 44m
ANGRA REBIRTH / AURORA CONSURGENS / TEMPLE OF SHADOWS CDs REBIRTH WORLD TOUR DVD USD $18.00 [0 bids]
USD $24.00 Buy It Now
19h 15m
Aurora : Hear you calling - UK CD CDS Single USD $7.67 Buy It Now 19h 24m
Aurora : Ordinary World- UK CD Single - CDS USD $7.67 Buy It Now 19h 44m
MHS - DMM - DIGITAL - TOMASO ALBINONI - (THE BIRTH OF AURORA) USD $3.99 [0 bids]
20h 2m
eros ramazzotti- l'aurora cd single USD $11.00 Buy It Now 20h 19m
BOCCHERINI/MOZART:ARMONIE DELLO SPIRI BY ENSEMBLE AURORA (DVD) USD $16.24 Buy It Now 21h 39m
Aurora - Janusz/Gallardo,Jose Wawrowski (2013, CD New) USD $10.23 Buy It Now 21h 42m
Egil Hovland - Konserter Kammerverk Korverk(3 CDs, 1994, Aurora) USD $9.99 Buy It Now 21h 51m
(7E) Lights Action!, Aurora - DJ CD USD $4.60 Buy It Now 22h 5m
Aurora Easily Broken CD USD $12.14 Buy It Now 22h 24m
(CD) Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing /Thomas Gould; Aurora Orch; Nicholas Collon USD $11.99 Buy It Now 22h 37m
Haystacks Balboa by Haystacks Balboa (CD, Jun-2014, Aurora) USD $17.62 Buy It Now 23h 48m
Aurora Gory Alice by Letters to Cleo (CD, Feb-1995, Cherrydisc) USD $3.00 Buy It Now 23h 56m
Psychic TV, Aurora, Spahn Ranch, Rosetta Stone, Penal Colony - U.S. PROMO cd USD $24.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Walking Circles by Midnight Sun (CD, Jan-2014, Aurora) USD $18.11 Buy It Now 1 day
AURORA GORY ALICE - LETTERS TO CLEO-CD USD $0.01 [0 bids]
1 day
Ensemble Aurora On The Shoulders Of Giants CD USD $19.40 Buy It Now 1 day
GROSSMAN, STEFAN / AURORA BLOCK how to play blues guitar VG/VG JA | 14-0305-010 USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
World Shapers by Aurora Borealis (Metal) (CD, Apr-2014, MDD) USD $21.53 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora by The Sleeper (CD, Mar-2013, Swell Creek) USD $14.93 Buy It Now 1 day
Lunar Aurora - Andacht CD 2007 black metal Germany Cold Dimensions USD $15.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora 5060211501470, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $22.70 Buy It Now 1 day
RANKI GYORGY Piano Fantasy Oratorio 1944 Aurora Tempestuosa ENDRE ERDELY LowSHIP USD $19.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Vampillia Some Nightmares Take You Aurora Rainbow CD USD $15.60 Buy It Now 1 day
Les Trois Psychologues - Daft Aurora CD USD $24.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Socio - Aurora CD Latin Latin Pop USD $16.39 Buy It Now 1 day
Traumen Von Aurora - Rekonvaleszenz CD USD $23.09 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora Celtic - Edge Of The World CD USD $23.39 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora Ep CD 8803581194296 Pop Int'L & World Music Korean Pop USD $18.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Daybreak - Aurora CD Pop Int'L & World Music China Japan Korea USD $23.09 Buy It Now 1 day
Higginbotham Melissa - Aurora Rising CD USD $21.39 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora Celtic - Crows In The Kitchen CD USD $21.39 Buy It Now 1 day
SUSUMU HIRASAWA-AURORA-JAPAN SHM-CD E78 USD $22.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LONDON PHILH ORCH E Kurtz Aurora's Wedding Ballet Music 3&4 12" 78 HMV C2854 USD $15.36 Buy It Now 1 day
Litmus - Aurora CD USD $17.09 Buy It Now 1 day
Cloud Cult - They Live On The Sun/Aurora Borealis CD USD $17.09 Buy It Now 1 day
Pohjola Verneri - Aurora CD Pop Rock USD $28.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora Ep CD 884501908177 Pop New Age Meditation USD $17.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora/Stealth [7"] by Lucy's Fur Coat (Vinyl Clear, 1995, Goldenrod Records) USD $6.99 Buy It Now 1 day
AURORA ORCHESTRA/TEN - PAUL MEALOR: I SAW ETERNITY - NEW CD USD $20.72 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora B - Good Love - UK 12" Single - FRESHT38 ex/ex USD $7.89 Buy It Now 1 day
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker/Aurora's Wedding CD NEW USD $22.15 Buy It Now 1 day
CONJUNTO INGENIERIA PATRICIA. AURORA. MAMBO. KIKO MENDIVE USD $39.00 [0 bids]
1 day
Sulle Scogliere Remote - Aurora (2010, CD New) USD $22.55 Buy It Now 1 day
Jean-Luc Ponty ?- Aurora USD $4.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Janusz/Gallardo,Jose Wawrowski - Aurora [CD New] USD $13.03 Buy It Now 1 day
Fanu Aurora / Shackdown 12" LO:CUTS 2004 USD $30.73 Buy It Now 1 day
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker; Aurora Wedding (CD, Oct-2012, Eloquence... USD $14.15 Buy It Now 1 day
AURORA DREAMING ( 2002 ENHANCHED CD SINGLE NEW ) USD $3.06 Buy It Now 1 day
BARRY GUY - AURORA * [BARRY GUY] - NEW CD USD $17.21 Buy It Now 1 day
Brown Rain by Victor Brady (CD, Jun-2014, Aurora) USD $17.62 Buy It Now 1 day
Jean-Luc Ponty Aurora - 1976 Vintage LP Record Album USD $8.99 Buy It Now 1 day
AURORA BAUDES & Chorus of La Scala Carmen Act 1 12" 78 COLUMBIA DX493 USD $19.97 Buy It Now 1 day
Aurora Sutra - The Dimension Gate CD / Project Pitchfork Santa Hates You USD $9.95 [0 bids]
1 day
NEW Aurora - Eos Sadiam UK Import CD Hard Rock/Metal USD $1.00 Buy It Now 1 day
They Live On The Sun/Aurora Borealis - Cloud Cult (2009, CD New) USD $12.23 Buy It Now 1 day
Traumen Von Aurora-Rekonvaleszenz CD NEW USD $21.53 Buy It Now 1 day
Le Orme-L'Aurora Italian prog psych mini lp cd USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
White tiger plush stuffed animal aurora 2 t-shirt (longsleve & hoodie available) USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day
0 result found for "AURORA"
Visit LPCDressisues.com for more results


More places to buy AURORA music online Buy AURORA & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for AURORA DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

AURORA shows & tickets


  • Aurora + Monte Terror at MADCHESTER CLUB, ALMERIA on 20 Apr 2015
  • The Great Escape 2015 on 14 May 2015
  • London Calling Outdoors x Concerto 60 jaar on 16 May 2015
  • Way Back When on 22 May 2015
  • Steinkjerfestivalen 2015 on 26 Jun 2015
  • Ruisrock 2015 on 3 Jul 2015
  • Sommerfesten p Giske on 4 Jul 2015
  • PlanetaDemos on 18 Jul 2015
  • Pipefest 2015 on 23 Jul 2015
  • Granada Sound on 18 Sep 2015
  • Mammothfest 2015 on 2 Oct 2015

AURORA discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

AURORA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 13 ratings
Aurora
1977

AURORA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

AURORA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

AURORA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

AURORA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

AURORA Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Aurora by AURORA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.93 | 13 ratings

BUY
Aurora
Aurora Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Continuing on my current "return to Jazz-rock" phase, with a bevy of albums to receive, listen and review, I was tempted to revisit some on my current, dust gathering jazz-rock discs , mostly of British persuasion to find some existing bliss. Aurora has been sitting there, lonely like a beauty queen (sly humor!) , they were 1977 Yanks and I had only given the album a cursory audition, surely distracted by gourmet cooking of some kind I was preparing, and knew that its day would come. I have read reviews that kindle a sense of Mahavishnu Orchestra, Curved Air, Jean-Luc Ponty and Nucleus and those prominent references were more than enough to catch my new found curiosity and attention.

This is truly astute music, a swift and talkative violin leading the orchestra into atmospheric zones of influence, fusing all the classic aromas such as jazz, jam, funk, world, latin and rock influences, while unafraid to solo away in improvisational mode. On the opener "Opus 8", the band sets the bar high for all to witness, intruding a sassy intro that morphs into a groove that provides the dais on which Mark Menikos' soaring violin, the guitar stylings of Skip Sorelle and jagged John Sharp keys can strut their stuff with complete artistic freedom. Clocking in near 12 minutes, this is a primo first salvo.

"Within" is a dreamy set of melodies that first seek to hypnotize before exploding into a more laid back groove with a sunny disposition (they were from Texas after all!) , Sorelle picking away in a very breezy style, imitated by a synth solo that parallels the axe work, a bold move on many levels. This is a slow cooking jazz gumbo that just breathes fresh air!

"Dancing on a Plain in Spain" winks at the classic movie My Fair Lady (a rage back then) and the mood is jazzier, creating a more JL Ponty feel, the violin carving a large part of the sweat cake, soloing but displaying a strong sense of interplay, as with bassist Roy Vogt's subtle interval performances, with a few slick guitar dashes that weaves cleverly through the subsonic drumming, as well as the oiliest synth solo this side of Manfred Mann (just faster!). From this point on, a sense of sameness seems to appear that will keep the bar level but nothing more. "Is There Any More?" is playful at best, a pedestrian opportunity to solo rather aimlessly. This is where the Curved Air scent is stronger even though there are no vocals of any kind. Good but dispensable.

"Off Blue" masons down a rapid rut and the violin slithers like a coiled snake, again very jazzy now, almost lounge bar style (just faster!), again fine but disposable.

"Eurthmia" is back to frantic playing, veering into maniacal speed zones, (these cats can play fast) and riffing like no tomorrow. There is even some crafty "country fiddlin' that is cute to boot.

"Savage Lust" is like the title implies, a searing little ditty that exudes coy sensuality and digital prowess (tsk, tsk) mainly from the bubbly bassist who likes to pop like vintage Larry Graham. Serious guitar noodlings also increase the tension while the chin-held cat-skin violin screeches amorously. The playing is technical yet emotive especially in the high note leaps. Formidable! "Polyfolk Dance" is quirky and electronically charged, with a superior guitar lunge and within its deep folds, a pastorally joyous feel to it. Definitely up-beat and canny (a little Beethoven hint) , this is again a successful track!

"Khartoum" is narratively introduced, spicy Middle eastern aromas , hissing percussives and swirling sonic mists making this a high appeal track, full of lush experimentation. The mood is slow and calm with a hint of potential fury, as is often the case in that mystifying part of the world as Menikos finds himself going all out on his instrument, dazzling and ethereal. The ensemble playing is also highly suggestive, earning high marks for artistic impression from all judges, straddling that pleasure zone between mind and body we all cherish as sacred. "Jubilee" scripts a more local statement, these boys are from Texas after all and what is more "suthn'" than barbeque, hoedown and jubilee. As such, this tune appeals to me mostly in a technical sense as these jazz guys tear up some standard instrumental country music by forging ahead with woozy synths while the violin guy plays the sheriff. This is again at the risk of repeating myself, a positive approach that should have benefited with a strong future. That was not the case.

All in all, a pleasant addition and a worthy second-tier quality one shot wonder, especially you violin fans out there. The artwork is ultra Dali-esque , which is fine by me! 4 Boreal Stars

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Aurora by AURORA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.93 | 13 ratings

BUY
Aurora
Aurora Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Joo Paulo

4 stars An American group of the seventies, only edited this album. A musical work in the context of Jazz Fusion, with guitar and violin electrified. We can hear moments of improvisation very beautiful, reminding Curved Air Wolf or Jean Luc Ponty, but with a more rude atmosphere. This is a good album that illustrates the virtuosity of the musicians and their high performance in studio. The guitar bass and drums are also very influential in the high quality of this album, accompanying and giving the fiber both times faster or slower to. It is an excellent purchase for those who like Jazz Fusion of the seventies I like this album and I give 4 stars but really 4,5

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Aurora by AURORA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.93 | 13 ratings

BUY
Aurora
Aurora Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by barp

4 stars An excellent slice of vintage progressive jazz-rock - great compositons and very tasteful playing helped Aurora avoid any of the unfortunate excesses so many jazz-rock bands fell into. Thanks to Gregor for his review which convinced me to give this CD a try - definitely recommended to anyone who enjoys The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Eleventh House, Return To Forever, Isotope or Fred.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

 Aurora by AURORA album cover Studio Album, 1977
3.93 | 13 ratings

BUY
Aurora
Aurora Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Greger
Prog Reviewer

4 stars AURORA was formed in 1976, featuring former members of HANDS, HIGH TIME OCTET and SHIVAS headband. Their music could be described as experimental instrumental progressive jazz-fusion. They never released any albums through their career that lasted until 1980. Three of the tracks on this CD were recorded at January Sound Studios 5/27/1977, while the other seven tracks were recorded live at January Sound Studios in 1977 for broadcast on KZEW-FM in Dallas. - The musicians are very skilled which is showed in the many highlights on this CD such as the opening "Opus 8", "Polyfolk Dance" and "Khartouhm". Their influences are John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Larry Coryell, Stockhausen and FRANK ZAPPA, while their music is reminiscent to MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA and NUCLEUS. I'm sure that if you like progressive jazz-fusion and the above mentioned bands and artists, you'll surely like this as well. Highly recommended!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

WARNING: Forum software upgrade in progress, login function maybe affected for some users during that time.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to NotAProghead for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 2.94 seconds