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Patrick Rondat


Progressive Metal

3.99 | 11 ratings

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4 stars Patrick Rondat is a french guitarist who has by now 5 albums in his pocket. He is a very talented musicians who worked with many bands over the years from diffrent musical styles. He was an important member in Jean Michele Jarre band, now he is not working with him anymore, and concentrate his playing with the power metal band Elegy and has aswell a solo career. This album is the forth one named On the edge and is among his best albums he ever done. Very skillfull musician , but not exagerated with that gift manage to creat realy something special with this album. I was realy impressed when I first listen to On the edge , realeased in 1999. The music is very fresh and very variated, not like on other albums, specially on guitar orientated albums, the arrangements are fantastic. From prog metal to some influences from Dixie Dregs, mainly because he has two invited guest, apart from the main musicians whom is working with - the well known jazz players Michel Petrucciani and Didier Lockwood who are playing violin and ocasionaly keys. Now, as Rondat said in the booklet of the CD this album is dedicated to his dear friend and colaborator who just passed away before the album was done - Michel Petrucciani - but his contribution to this album is a real solid one.. The other invited guest, Didier Lockwood, was a member of Magma between 75-77. On drums is one of the best drumers around Tommy Aldridge, the rest of the musicians are not so known, but excellent musicians aswell. As I said the music is very fluid, with stunning arrangements, from fast to mellow pieces, intristing and itelligent shifting moments made from this forth album a 4 star to me. The musicianship is brilliant, not very often you can hear a so variated album, specialy when is guitarist album. He is concentrated not only on skills, how good I am, and specially on compositions, the result is very enjoyble and well done album. A big surprise for me, in agood way, because this album was so good, I've ordered without question his previous work Amphibia from 1997, who is considered his best shot since now. Recommended, one of the best guitarist in last 15 years, both solo and with Elegy. Not very known musician worldwide but with an unmatch attitude and aproach to guitar. Excellent addition to any prog music collection, 4 stars easely.
b_olariu | 4/5 |


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