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Parallel Mind


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.70 | 22 ratings

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Squire Jaco
4 stars Just a quick review of this debut album from a relatively obscure Wisconsin-based trio that makes great instrumental prog with a touch of fusion, without the "metal".

Parallel Mind is Joe Babiak (drums, percussion, flugelhorn!, trumpet), Nibandh Nadkarni (keyboards) and William Kopecky (6-string electric fretless bass). Their very impressive website claims that their influences are Yes, Rush and Planet X, though I also hear some occassional similarities to Niacin, Jordan Rudess, and Happy The Man.

With some guest musicians (guitars and wordless vocals) on some tracks, they produce a very full sound. The compositions are all strong, very interesting and well-played. Kopecky probably has the most notoriety with his virtuoso bass-playing in other bands (Par Lindh Project, Kopecky, etc.); but Babiak's drumming is Neil Peart-ish top-notch, and with influences and comparisons to Derek Sherinian, Rudess and Wakeman, you can rest assured that Nadkarni's keyboards are superb.

With 65-minutes of non-stop great music, this is a CD that everyone should seek out. Listen to the sound samples on their website, then buy the CD. I hope it's only the first of many from this promising band.

Squire Jaco | 4/5 |


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