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Martin Orford



3.59 | 49 ratings

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4 stars This is a very enjoyable album by IQ's keyboardist (and multi-instrumentalist) showing us all his well-known compositive skills with IQ and JADIS, as much as his capabilities with flute and guitar playing, a clear voice (he could be the voice of IQ if this band needn´t a painted Gabriel-esque frontmen, -forgive me Mr. Nicholls and Mr. Menel-). I Saw him in Madrid with Jadis, where he gave us a clear high-pitched second voice while he attacked solos on the keyboard. A versatile musician, here show us his piano skills on "Tatras", and very symphonic pieces (the "ASIA-a bit commercial" touch in some of them doesn´t lower the high level of the compositions) which resembles IQ´s best epics: "The Field of Fallen Angels" "The Days of our Lives" and "The Final Solution" are among the best of IQ. This is NOT neo-prog. This guy know a lot of things on symphonic matters. Here you feel a deep knowledge on harmony, composition and soloing. To me, is a true succesor for Tony Banks! This is symphonic rock at it best. And he make it easy.
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