Emmett Chapman: Parallel Galaxy
Chapman offers original material and covers such tunes as “Eleanor Rigby”, John McLaughlin’s “A Lotus on Irish Streams”, and jazzy fusion version of “My Favorite Things”. I suppose, just for its straight ahead, jazz-inflected, Fleckian bluegrass aura “Back Yard” gets my vote as best cut for radio play. Next best cut is “My Favorite Things” for its inventive reworking of an old standard showtune.
I find this an interesting listen but if it wasn’t extra-valued as Chapman’s debut Stick release I may have passed on it due to it’s being a “just look at all the stuff my Stick can do” type of release. Reaching out to a wide variety of listeners in genre and stylings in a showcase effort weakens its musical impact on these jaded ears of mine. Remember all those MOOG synth, show-me releases that flooded stores? Very few held together well. Chapman’s 1985 release does hold together well but it is not remarkable in 1999's myriad of fine Stick work already out there.
Reprinted with the permission of John Collinge and Progression Magazine .
Record Label: Back Yard Records
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock