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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.76 | 41 ratings

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4 stars The core of this 70s Finnish prog band was twoo brothers, Pekka Tegelman (guitars, bass, drums) and Jussi Tegelman (drums). They're joined by keyboardist Jukka Rissanen to record this debut album. As this is a debut album, I am really impressed on how solid the music composition is. It blends the component of jazz and rock beautifully and reminds me to bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, and sometimes Brand X.

Take example of the opening track "Mikä yö!" (5:27) which truly resembles what bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever and Brand X do with teir respective albums. Of course the key here is probably on aggressive guitar solo. But when we observe into detailed sounds and notes you would find something structurally progressive like second track "Sanaton laulu" (3:51) which changes in style. While on the third track "Happea" (4:39) takes keyboard work into the next level backed up by a very dynamic drums work followed by guitar solo. Right here I can see that the music is similar with Colosseum II. I really admire how the guitar is performed here, so stunning. Right after the break with "Koin siipesi" (2:52) the music moves up in fast speed jazz rock music with "Paikalliset tuulet" (4:17). The combined work of guitar and keyboard is really stunning!

Overall, I believe this album would really satisfy those of you who love jazz-rock fusion. The composition is tight and all tracks form a cohesive music from opening to end. Highly recommended. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 4/5 |


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