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Gordon Giltrap


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3 stars Again surrounding himself with names from the social register of progressive rock, GORDON GILTRAP barely misses a beat in his successor to "The Peacock Party". Here, however, he loosens the reins paradoxically helping the band to tighten up, and "Airwaves" is therefore a more eclectic group effort, while still providing a forum for Giltrap's relatively unambitious concepts.

The pieces on "Airwaves" skirt the imaginary boundary between adult contemporary instrumental, light jazz, and crossover progressive rock, with English folk, while still high in the mix, taking a back seat a little more often. Nothing here is far above or below average, and as such it can be enjoyed to varying degrees from beginning to end, the credits outweighing the debits. I hear more of a CAMEL influence before, especially in the lively opener "Black Lightning", and the sultry "Lost Love", with Latimer like gentle lead guitar and Mel Collins-like sax by Bimbo Acock. Just to drive the point home, Giltrap presents a trilogy entitled "The Snow Goose" to close off the album. It's mostly a forum for his acoustic guitar and sensitive orchestration. The lovely piano oriented "Dreamteller" pulls a page from the Pete Bardens' playbook, but also recalls Camel's early 1990s period. The title cut is one of the more progressive with a lot of thick bass action and lead guitar and synth fills over a catchy beat.

This is not likely to come across over any local or internet airwaves with much regularity, but, provided you have a tolerance for the mellow, the pedigree, technical skill and synergy of the players all justify your attention for a spin or two over a much more intimate airspace.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


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