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INSTINCT

Peter Banks

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.21 | 11 ratings

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convocation
4 stars An original member of Yes, this album stands out as, not surprisingly, beautiful. Deliberately a showcase of Banks many moods. Thoughtful, balanced tunes. What I would have expected from a skilled and mature musician of his stature. There is no vocalist, but that's not what Peter Banks was aiming for. This is definitely a jazz/rock fusion of sorts, but uniquely what you'd expect from someone with Banks' background. A real treat. Impressions of conversations and monologues are interwoven throughout.

No Place Like Home: A fine mellow spontaneous introduction. All Points South: Everything here seems to work together completely naturally. Rhythmically deliberate and well laid out. Fogbound: Symphonic background can be heard swelling and relaxing, making this piece even more interesting. Sticky Wicket: This one really takes off. A nice contrast to the previous track. Shortcomings: Charged with Latin and jazz/rock themes. Code Blue: A fine collage of conversational impressions and a tasteful musical theme. Angles: This one rocks, as always, with the same self restrained exuberance each piece exhibits. Anima Mundi: Trust his instinct. Peter's liner notes tell it all. Swamp Report: Inspired. Instinctive Behaviour: a short passage improvised by a master of the art. Dominating Factor: I don't understand his deprecating remarks about the percussion part...it's all great. Never the Same: Written in memoriam, to his mother. But one need not know it to enjoy it.

A careful reader will appreciate his jab at the "Evil Ones" in the music business.....but they're not all bad......just the "Really Bad Ones". D.H. Lawrence would probably agree he's been a very good animal. This album is "just plain cool."

convocation | 4/5 |

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