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Phil Miller


Canterbury Scene

4.13 | 44 ratings

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4 stars Man, these guys sure can fuse!

Phil Miller, on his first solo album (Why did he wait so long?), along with Hugh Hopper, Elton Dean, Pip Pyle and Pete Lemer (with Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin in a side role), created an album of first rate jazz rock fusion. The album stands up with many of the best fusion albums out there.

The songs are all instrumentals (aside from Gaskin's voice used as an instrument), and all are very enjoyable. Part of the opening track Green & Purple Extract and the final song Green & Purple remind me of some of Zappa's work on The Grand Wazoo, but with a smaller ensemble (high praise indeed). And Hard Shoulder brings to mind some of Mike Keneally's better works.

All in all, this is a fine album for the fusion, Canterbury, or prog fan in general.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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