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JESSICA

Jeff Green

 

Neo-Prog

3.33 | 10 ratings

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YodaUK
4 stars I have had this CD for over a year now and am very proud to have it as part of my collection.

It was one of those little gems that you come across and think.. Why doesn't anyone know about this music? Why is Jeff Green not known to a wider audience? I suppose as with many Independent artists getting your name and music out there is actually harder than writing it and recording it in the first place.

The album includes a couple of names that people might be familiar with.. namely Mike Stobbie on Keyboards (ex Pallas and involvement with Arena), Phil Hilborne on guitar and helped with the production (the guitarists guitarist who has played with so many guitar greats there are too many to list...google him) and Pete Riley on drums (Keith Emerson tour band, Guthrie Govan, Wetton/Downes Icon)

The whole album flows from start to finish with mainly instrumental tracks but with vocal tracks thrown in at just the right point to not only break up the instrumental pattern but give the album substance.

The album of course is a labour of passion for Mr Green as it is about the still birth of his baby daughter Jessica way back in 1996. People might be forgiven to expect the musical content to be melancholy and of a sombre nature but it really isn't and that is something Jeff must be praised for.

The stand out instrumental on this album for me is 'Woman with Child'. A track that has drama, passion and some great guitar work.

The vocal track that stands out for me is Live Forever as it really tells how this album does really make Jessica's memory 'Live Forever'.

I cannot recommend this album enough to fans of Pink Floyd, Camel, Yes, Genesis but also fans of classic rock and melodic rock as it is that wide ranging in style. Thats not to say this album has its Prog roots set in the 70's but the influence is there although the production definitely makes this a prog album of the 00's on onwards.

Also worth noting that Jeff Green is apparently donating all the proceeds from sales of this album to the maternity ward in an Essex, UK Hospital. He deserves top marks just for that saintly deed in my eyes.

YodaUK | 4/5 |

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