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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.97 | 32 ratings

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4 stars Vive la belle France!

If there is one country that has never yet disappointed me with it's proud prog tradition and it's modern continuation of it, it is France. And 2001 was an excellent year for prog in France, bringing us both the sublime Strinkadenn Ys by Seven Reizh and the worthy Diffraction by Priam.

It may be difficult to categorize this music, but it is not at all hard for me to tell you what it sounds like. Think of some of the more complex recent King Crimson instrumental compositions. I have in mind things like B'boom, Level Five, Electrick and Thrak.) Throw in the jazzier, more uplifting sound of the stuff that Zao plays. And toss in just a dash of the atmosphere that Tangerine Dream can generate. That's what the music on Diffraction sounds like. Jazzy King Crimson tracks with some keyboard or bells to provide more atmosphere. All the tricks from the KC tracks the we proggers love are present: polyrhythms, sharp meter and tempo changes, virtuoso playing, atmosphere. It's all here and it's all done well.

Anyhow, if the musical melange I described above sounds attractive, this is a must listen. If it doesn't appeal to you, it's still worth a spin because it is so well done. I'll give this four stars, because it would most definitely be a fine addition to any prog collection.

ghost_of_morphy | 4/5 |


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