Recorded in 1994 and newly released on the French progressive rock label “Musea”, the American band “Lunar Chateau” have been garnering a noteworthy reputation throughout Europe, the US and South America for several years. A keyboard, drums and bass trio consisting of the Sekulovich brothers, lead vocalist and bassist Paul Sekulovich’s breezy incantations might appeal to fans of “Yes”, “Camel” and a few other prominent and time honored outfits of the progressive rock genre.
The band exhibits a strong predilection for incorporating memorably melodic themes into their itinerary, thanks in part to keyboardist Novak Sekulovich’s multilayered synths, catchy hooks and deterministic approach. Furthermore, the Trio conveys a light-hearted and somewhat positive demeanor via upbeat and joyous sentiment as portrayed through thought provoking lyricism. And other than Milo Sekulovich’s monstrous power drumming solo exhibition on the track titled, “Fearless”, the musicians adhere to a concise and tightly woven group sound as they forsake extended soloing and cutting contests while focusing more on affable arrangements and well placed notes. Basically, this self-titled release warrants repeated spins and is bound to put a smile on your face, as the overall effect is that powerful.
Track Listing: 1) The Thrust 2) The Lunar Chateau 3) Brothers In Blood 4) the eyes Of A Child 5) Ancestors 6) Transformer 7) Consequences 8) On Your way 9) To Be Alive 10) Metropolis 11) Fearless 12) Aurora Borealis
Personnel: Novak Sekulovich; keyboards and vocals: Paul Sekulovich; bass guitar and lead vocals: Milo Sekulovich; drums
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.