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Canterbury Scene

3.87 | 151 ratings

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5 stars Gilgamesh is Alan Gowen's first band featuring mostly his compositions. All songs are instrumental and are heavily keyboard based as Gowen, the keyboardist is leading the band.

The sound of the album leads mostly towards Jazz Fusion than Progressive Rock and is quite similar to the sound of Hatfield and the North or National Health, the later band also featuring Gowen and his compositions. It is a classic "Canterbury" sound - Long compositions, complex rhythms and time signatures, the marriage of Jazz, Rock rhythms and classical music.

The album is not easy to get into, like most canterbury jazzy rock, but veterans of the genre and fans of the Hatfields and National Health will appreciate it immediately. Newcomers will need some getting used to. It is totally worth the effort though.

Alan Gowen is an important figure in the Canterbury family of musicians and bands. He later went on to form National Health and collaborated with many of the other Canterbury musicians.

In short, an album that reflects the jazzier sides of an already very much jazz oriented scene. It belongs in anyones Canterbury Scene collection!

Utukku | 5/5 |


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