Danish progressive-rock denizen Robin Taylor employs a green approach with the packaging of this double mini-disc set, packed in small cardboard sleeves. However, the minimalist product design is offset by several ferocious works, spanning the prog element and free-floating jazz improvisation.
Taylor has been carrying the prog torch since 1991 and is a mainstay in the newer slants of this genre, where the classic concepts attain a fruitful medium with expansive persuasions. Composed of firm back-beats, cascading keys, and linear progressions, the program is partly designed with chunky, distortion-based guitar parts with primary soloist and longtime band mate, saxophonist Karsten Vogel's vibrant phrasings.
Ethereal, intimate and largely composed of torrid episodic movements, the band projects a broad, fluent, and weighty soundscape. On "Stoned Mushroom," Taylor and Vogel execute circular choruses amid ominous intentions. Vogel's free-form sax lines intimate a rather perilous journey, tempered by blithely melodic overtones, and a good portion of these pieces contain harmonious themes, often serving as the underbelly for improvisational segments and bone-crunching ensemble workouts.
"Dark City" reflects a rambunctious vista, sparked by pumping grooves, extended breakouts, and Taylor's unorthodox guitar phrasings, painting a semi-psychedelic aura amid a bustling group-centric constitution, resulting in a compelling sequence of developments.
Within various movements and bridge sections, the band summons an appeasing balance between loosely articulated dialogues and spiraling crescendos. As expected, Taylor is a multitasking machine, performing on keys, bass, guitars, and percussion, tendering a surging muse and broad plane for the musicians, who abide by a democratic consensus that seeds the synergistic output evidenced throughout.
Track Listing: CD1: Heavy Friends; The Ghost Of Goran ; Stoned Mushroom. CD2: Dark City; Don't You Miles Me!.
Personnel: Robin Taylor: guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion; Karsten Vogel : saxophones; Pierre Tassone: violin; Assi Roar: bass; Rasmus Grosell: drums; Klaus Thrane: drums; Jakob Mygind: saxophones; Carsten Sindvald: saxophone; Louise Nipper: voice.
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!