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Tony Levin


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.82 | 18 ratings

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I don't know if there's another bass player who is more influential and important than Tony Levin. I know for sure there are plenty of talented and high skilled bassists, but I really doubt that there is one with the experience, versatility, charisma and importance of 'Papa Bear' in the world of Rock music. For some good reasons he's been beside huge names like King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Yes, Dire Straits, Paul Simon, Alice Cooper, etc, etc, etc.

Being such a big personality I was really surprised to see that there are just a few reviews of his different albums, so I wanted to add my comments and encourage more Prog-heads to do it too to help this great artist to have the place that he deserves here in PA.

WATERS OF EDEN is Tony's 2nd solo album and different from its first effort WORLD DIARY which was more eclectic and World music oriented. This time the music is deeper, emotional, ambient and moving. Although the varied musical sources remain, the experience of listening this recording is a real atmospheric pleasure with more relaxing moments and emphasis in the sinthesizers and bass.

All songs are excellent, but i would give special mention to "Bone & Flesh", a great opener with a misterious arabic feeling which reminds me of some parts of Peter Gabriel's PASSION (that ironically Tony didn't play in), the title track which is a beautiful melodic piece featuring Cello by 'Stick Man' Levin with very nice piano playing and sinthesized sax as well as in the next track "Icarus", "Pillar Of Fire",my favourite of the album, a great track with strong melody, passionate percussions and up-right bass, and the excellent closer "Utopia", with a deep slow fluent cadency and nice guitar solo.

The best way to finish my review is using Mr. Levin's very own words: "This is eclectic instrumental music for the new century - blending what i like best of world music, classical, and the abilities of great instrumentalists into passionate, meaningful music that will resonate with all kinds of listeners."

4.5 stars

Viva el Prog!

FranMuzak | 4/5 |


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