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FLASHBACK

Jaime Rosas

 

Symphonic Prog

3.54 | 51 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Jaimie Rosas has returned with this, the fourth album.

Jaimie Rosas is undoubted one of the best keyboardists (is that an English word ?)..... make that; tangent player in this scene. He is on par with the profesionally universities educated tangent players from ex USSR, Rick Wakeman and in particular; Keith Emerson. He is in the Keith Emerson mould too when he paints big synth pictures in his compositions. Minimalism is not what he is a fan of. ELP fans can safely order his albums and in particular; his live album.

In my reviews of that album and two other studio albums, I have also mentioned Dream Theater as the second reference source. Which was true for those albums. But Jaimie Rosas has changed tack on this album and put/showed Dream Theater to the background. I do not know if the title of the album; Flashback, gives me a clue there. I need to ask him, in fact, because that is a question that is almost keeping me awake during my work now. But.... This album is far more a flashback to older scenes than the one inhabitated by Dream Theater. Yes, ELP and the 1970s symph prog scene. But Jaimie Rosas has introduced a lot of more tender, pastoral melodies into this album. A lot of this album actually takes a lot from the Rock Progressivo Italiano scene. In fact; a lot from Angelo Branduardi. That is something I never ever expected from Jamie Rosas. But it is a step in the right direction. Santiago moves to Rome.

This album still have a lot of those big symphonic prog ELP like aural paintings, but now also with some Rock Progressivo Italiano elements too. That summarises this album which also includes a 20 minutes long suite called Primera Luz.

The above mentioned Primera Luz is the best track on this album. But the rest of this album is also absolute great. This album is not an immediate hit, though. It takes time (yes, the dreaded term "takes time"). His melodies always sneaks up on you and then takes over. Then you starts to hum them at work. I am at that stage now.

In short; Jaimie Rosas has again delivered a great album. An unexpected, but great album. Maybe he has come of age. A piece like El Principio Del Ritmo feels like it could had been done by an old fox in the jazz scene.

In short; a very varied album with a wide variety of music and his best studio album so far.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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