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Jartse Tuominen


Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.22 | 7 ratings

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5 stars A jazz-fusion blast

Released in 2001 but recorded in 1991, Jartse Tuominen's 'Progressive' is an album of whirling drums and guitar acrobatics played within several different musical contexts: boogie-rock ("snack" with cheerful guitar and vintage keyboards, bringing to mind Dixie Dreg's "the Great spectacular" of 'dregs of the earth', and the second half of "scare"), jazz-rock ("flying with you" with opening and closing sections in a light smooth-jazz vibe where Gary Moore-like guitar replaces the saxophone, followed by some more upbeat piano-driven jazz madness), jazz-funk ("first", with clever use of cymbals, crushing guitars and pompous keyboards not far from the "cheesy" sounds of Frank Zappa's "easy meat" as performed on the live recording 'tinseltown rebellion'), military march (first half of "scare" and the "worrying" - hence the song title - interplay of repetitive and echoing rhythm guitar and keyboards, reminiscent of Cure's opening track to 'seventeen seconds', the aptly named "a reflection "), hard-rock ("sledgehammer" like Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" on steroids and Van Halen-like guitar phrasing, as well as the last third of "shaving cream man" with its Annihilator-like rhythms including Jeff Waters-like soloing), far east folklore ("one night in Tokyo, with accents of japanese tradtional music in main theme), progressive rock ("one night in Tokyo" again, with dark crimsonesque atmosphere - think "lark's tongue in Aspic pt 2" - and the first two thirds of "shaving cream man" that we can regard as a tribute to Rush's 'moving pictures' with the overture of "red barchetta" and the soloing of "YYZ" in the middle of the track).

This album showcases the "extraterrestrial" skills of the musicians and is a good addition to anyone who likes their music dynamic and cheerful, where jazz-fusion would meet the guitar-shredding world of the Shrapnel label records.

lucas | 5/5 |


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