Reflections From The Firepool was recorded between 1988-1989 and represents the freshman CD release by the highly regarded Southern California based progressive rock band, “Djam Karet”. Repackaged and reissued on the “Cuneiform” label, this is the recording that opened up some doors for the band, as their overall sound and style eventually blossomed and matured. And besides the musician’s propensities to churn out booming rhythms, blistering cavalcades of crunch chords and dynamic lead soloing, the band is equally adept at melding multilayered EFX and ambient themes into the grand scheme of things. With this effort, we detect an inkling of the initial foundations or perhaps, modus operandi for future endeavors.
“Djam Karet” has expanded their repertoire since the initial release of this recording while also receiving their fair share of critical acclaim. Here, the band goes for the jugular as they pursue impacting motifs amid heated interplay and cunning developments, in a loud yet purposeful sort of way. Hence, Reflections From The Firepool serves as an insightful introduction to a group who subsequently produced a series of thoroughly impressive recordings while also becoming one of the finest and most entertaining progressive rock bands on the globe! (For additional information check out the July edition of All About Jazz.com or click on the following link: ( Djam Karet )
Gayle Ellett; electric guitar, keyboards, taped effects, mic stand & percussion: Mike Henderson; electric & acoustic 6-string & 12-string guitars, effects & percussion: Chuck Owen, Jr.; drums, synthesizer programming & sequencing & electronic percussion: Henry J. Osborne; electric bass, bottled bass, keyboards, chain & percussion
Track listing: 1) The Sky Opens Twice 2) Fall Of The Monkeywalk 3) Run Cerberus Run 4) Scenes From The Electric Circus 5) Animal Origin 6) All Doors Look Alike 7) The Red Monk 8) Reflections From The Firepool
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