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UNSETTLED

Dean Watson

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.78 | 49 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Canadian multi-instrumentalist Dean Watson was influenced by both Progressive Rock and Jazz-Fusion back in the 70's, listening to the works of Genesis, Gentle Giant, Todd Rundgren, Return to Forever and Jan Hammer, eventually forming the Prog/Fusion band Airkraft in late-70's (only a vinyl single out).His name appeared again in 2007, when he and ex-Airkraft drummer Barry Connors formed Where's The Nine, unfortunately their recordings have yet to be released.Dean decided to move on as an individual and in 2009 he recorded his first solo effort ''Unsettled'', a self-released CD with a cover taken by the eponymous painting of his friend Ron Eady.

''Unsettled'' is a work of powerful and fiery Progressive/Fusion with an excess of energy, often flirting the metal territory regarding the guitars and offering plenty of interesting moments.The album is quite close to the works of compatriots KARCIUS and SPACED OUT as well as NIACIN, dynamic Fusion musicianship, characterized by the large amount of breaks and solos.Some tracks are of a pure Jazz-Fusion type with virtuosic guitars, flashy synthesizers and groovy keyboard/piano work, these specific numbers may even remind you of the excellent US outfit 4FRONT.On the other hand Dean has also included compositions, which are more progressive in nature, like the superb spacey instrumental journey of ''Out of the mist'', the melodic orchestral ''The Departure'' with the excellent guitars, synths and vibraphones or the acoustic mellow piece ''Still (unsettled)'' with his lovely piano.Watson's guitar work though remains the complete highlight of this album with a style close to JOHN PETRUCCI, ranging from technical workouts to splendid melodies.

Watson's work on production, mix and drum programming is another reason ''Unsettled'' reveals a high level of professionalism.Nice discovery for all fans of the aforementioned bands and strongly recommended in general...3.5 stars.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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