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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.59 | 21 ratings

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3 stars A little-known jazzy prog band from Austin,Texas, Electromagnets were formed in 1973 by Bill Maddox (drums), Steve Barber (keyboard) and Kyle Brock (bass),while they were collaborating with many percussionists and horn men during their early days.A year later the horn section is abandoned and Eric Johnson jumps on board.In 1975 their eponymous debut was released.

And this really powerful,progressive-linked and complex Jazz-Fusion with many different approaches.From energetic groovy rhymths to (mostly) fiery guitar-based fusion tracks with sudden breaks and from sax-driven mellow jazz to electric-piano centered smooth Jazz Rock ala WEATHER REPORT.Often the tracks have an improvisational mood with Johnson delivering excellent jazzy solos.Fantastic rhythm section with heavy bass lines and furious drumming,while Barber's clavinet will definitely bring you GENTLE GIANT to mind.The 1998 Rhino/Wea CD reissue contains two live bonus tracks already presented in the original album,a good documentary of the band's live activity back in the 70's,but with a very raw production.

Again,this album is strongly recommended - surpassing many better known bands than Electromagnets - not only to Jazz or Fusion fans but anyone looking for some true energy thrown in his prog menu...3.5 stars

apps79 | 3/5 |


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