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FOLLOWING THE UNKNOWN

Jam It!

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.75 | 19 ratings

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GruvanDahlman
4 stars Though I primarily listen to progressive rock from the 1970's I do dare to venture out occasionally. What I find is often music of the most remarkable kind. There is an abundance of genial, bold and exciting music to be found, even for an old beggar like me. When I was approached and asked if I would be interested in reviewing Jam It!'s album I felt happy to do so and though it has taken me some time to write this review I have, nevertheless, enjoyed the music in the while.

The music of Jam It! is totally instrumental and evocative. There are elements of hard rock (or metal, if you wish), jazz, a thin slice of funk and genres in between. I suppose they have been listening to the likes of Return to forever and Weather Report quite a bit.

The title track is a good example of what to expect. A gentle, almost oriental beginning with a heavily distorted guitar taking the lead. The track holds several sections of music. From the calm and soothing to the harsher hard rock. This is a fantastic track and the musicians really get a chance to shine and show their skills. The varied and skillful musicianship continues throughout the album and leaves me impressed and joyful.

I have always had a mixed relationship to instrumental music. While I have come to understand that I really do enjoy it, I still enjoy the occasional vocal contribution. I love lengthy instrumental excursions but find that my mind starts to wander off the musical field when it is all instrumental. At least that is sometimes true. This album is such an elaborate and skilled work and I do appreciate it. Having said that I still wish at least one song held vocal parts, just to break off this completely instrumental work of art, providing a totally different kind of experience.

My want for a tiny bit of vocals is really nothing to get hung up. This is brilliant musical and showcases some of the contemporary flair and competence shown by musicians within the field of progressive rock. Since I adore jazz-tinged progressive this appeals tom e and if you at all are interested in contemporary jazzy prog rock I think it would do you good to check this band out. They really do make the most delicious cocktails of prog. Easily four stars.

GruvanDahlman | 4/5 |

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