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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.82 | 31 ratings

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5 stars Forget the 70's date, this is jazzrock/prog at its best. Well recorded and inventive playing. It's Krautrock but progressive & sounds like late Soft Machine, Mahavishnu, Jan Hammer, Passport, Guru Guru, some early Return to Forever, etc. But an emphasis on the rock elements. Great grooves and superior playing ability by the musicians. EXmagma is completely listenable in 2010 as anything current. This is the style of jazz rock that is still what everybody thinks is cool today for the genre. Odd time signatures. Inventive guitar playing, & classic keyboards like Rhodes lend a jazz feel at times. Really tasteful drumming too. A bit of Sax and some Mothers of Invention style musical moments. A bit experimental at times, but always with a groove. They were ahead of their time (and I just discovered them this year after 40 years of collecting good prog music.) The inventive song arrangements and construction leave you wondering where its going ...but it always goes there with a groove. Sometimes along the lines of Porcupine Tree's groove.

I as many others immediately assumed this was some sort of offshoot of Christian Vander's Magma, but this is completely different style of jazz rock. And no operatic singers with weird lyrics. Magma was French and this is German. But this a better album than some of Magma Lps. (altho there are some fierce grooves between drummer Vander & bassist Jannick Top on live recordings.) Why this band is called EXMAGMA is merely a fluke. Hard to find but definitely worth having as an essential in your prog rock collection. If you like the jazzier stuff Guru Guru did, this is right up your alley. Surprisingly good and modern sounding.

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mr.superdigital | 5/5 |


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