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Trevor Rabin: All Colors Considered

By Published: November 26, 2012
Rabin's role as a supporting act playing civic halls around the UK was short lived, as his subsequent move to Los Angeles and the re- launching of Yes meant a return to packed stadiums. If there is a lingering sense of disappointment in Rabin that his music was somewhat hijacked to became a Yes album instead of a Cinema project, he can at least take pride in the knowledge that he achieved the dream of taking his music around the world to admiring crowds.

Now, Rabin's focus is very much on the present. Given the strong classical influence on Jacaranda, particularly on the composition "Storks Bill Geranium Waltz," one wonders whether Rabin has any plans to record an album of contemporary classical music. "I've had something on the burner for a long time, but I've never really got centered on it," says Rabin. "I have an electric-guitar concerto. I'm calling it that, which might sound a bit posh, but it's just a classical electric guitar. What I have sketched out is for full orchestra and electric guitar. I've also included four bagpipes, which just sounded so great. It's a great combination, these very legato, almost sitar-ish guitars and the drone of the bagpipes, which is an extraordinary sound. I really want to come to terms with this guitar concerto," Rabin says.

The guitar concerto sounds like a work in progress, but as Rabin has demonstrated time and time again, when he sets his mind to something, he tends to follow through. "I'm also very determined to do a rock album, whatever that means, with singing on it." So that's two extremely diverse projects to look forward to. Rabin is also composing music for TV, and of course he has no intention of stopping composing for films, a musical art form that gives him enormous satisfaction. Rabin has come a long way since his days of playing rock and jazz in Johannesburg clubs in the early '70s, and, with so many irons in the fire, his story sounds like it has a long way to run yet.


Trevor Rabin, Jacaranda (Varese Fontana, 2012)

Trevor Rabin, 90124 (Voiceprint, 2003)

Trevor Rabin, Live in LA (Voiceprint, 2003)

Rick Wakeman, Return to the Center of the Earth (EMI Classics, 1999)

Tina Turner, Wildest Dreams (Parlophone, 1996)

Michael Jackson, HIStory (Epic, 1995)

Yes, Talk (Victory Music, 1994)

Paul Rogers, Muddy Waters Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters (Victory Music, 1993)

Yes, Union (Arista, 1991)

Trevor Rabin, Can't Look Away (Elektra, 1989)

Yes, Big Generator (Atco, 1987)

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Liverpool (ZTT, 1986)

Jon Anderson, 3 Ships (Elektra, 1985)

Yes, 90125 (Atco, 1983)

Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Somewhere in Africa (Bronze, 1983)

Trevor Rabin, Wolf (Chrysalis Records, 1981)

Trevor Rabin, Face to Face (Chrysalis Records, 1979)

Trevor Rabin, Trevor Rabin (Chrysalis Records, 1978)

Rabbitt, A Croak and a Grunt in the Night (Jo'Burg Records, 1977)

Rabbitt, Boys will be Boys (Jo'Burg Records, 1975)

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Trevor Rabin
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