With their second release titled, As On A Darkling Plain California based prog-band “Ten Jinn” surge onward while boasting strong group orientated characteristics that might parallel the modern-progressive idiom yet should also be commended for concentrating within the existing compositional framework. Hence, the soloing is implemented as a tool and not extended beyond the thrust of these rather interweaving series of works.
The theme piece titled, “As On A Darkling Plain” is a quite involved 40 minute suite featuring a Sci-Fi type into that segues into 70’s Canterbury-style motifs and bright vocals supplied by lead vocalist John Paul Strauss along with additional vocal support from various band members. Throughout, Strauss articulates the lyrics in explicit fashion atop glistening orchestrations, well-stated choruses, alternating solos, lyrical unison lines, shifting themes and tight rhythms. Guitarist Michael Matier along with guest artist and ex-“Happy The Man” guitarist Stan Whitaker provide the sharp leads and poignant lines while Bob Niemeyer presumably handles most of the keyboard chores; although, these fellows apparently operate as a multitasking unit as several of the band members are also credited with performing various keyboards..........The composition, “Lost In The Money” will keep you humming thanks to the memorably melodic and rather whimsical hook as the band melds lighthearted motifs with solid backbeats and Strauss’ expressive vocalizing. “Tomorrow” conveys a mystical or otherworldly atmosphere that skirts the fringes of what some might classify as - “Gothic-Rock”.
To some extent, “Ten Jinn’s” mission statement may read something like; focus on the compositions, easy on the bravado and pyrotechnics while maintaining a balanced approach that aims to entertain. Therefore, As On A Darkling Plain is a fine effort from a group of musicians who clearly devised the concepts and executed the material while keeping the listener or perhaps their faithful audience in mind! * * * *
John Paul Strauss; Lead & Backing Vocals, Piano, Keyboards: Mark Wickliffe; Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass: Matt Overholser; Electric & Acoustic Basses, Stick: Bob Niemeyer; Keyboards & Backing Vocals: Michael Matier; Electric, Acoustic & Midi Guitars:
Guest Musicians: Stan Whitaker; Electric Guitars: Kenneth Francis; Electric Guitars & Backing Vocals (Beautiful Marquise)
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I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.