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by Mark Sullivan
Israeli group Niogi describes themselves as an instrumental band," leaving the question of musical genre open. But their sound is firmly placed in the ECM contemporary jazz world: Jan's Balloon" opens with a sound like whistling from Omri Abramov's EWI (electronic wind instrument), playing a tuneful theme reminiscent of the Americana of the Pat Metheny Group. On the other hand, Mercury Enters Virgo" strongly recalls the classic British progressive rock group Genesis to me, even though I can't place the ...read more