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Forgas Band Phenomena

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4 stars How can this not be rated?!!! This is prime Canterbury music, an essential listening for all jazz/rock/progressive devotee's.

From the beginning, this album just takes off, and leaves you with the appreciation of a real writer of music, that can put his thoughts into other contributor musicians heads and they become a single unit. From soaring solo's to articulate compositional arrangements, this just doesn't getting any better. Add the unique French take/creativity on the prog Canterbury slant, and you get a wonderful work of listenable, quirky music.

As a musician myself, I have always found it interesting to hear the composition of drummers, as they take a much closer look at not only rhythmic ideas, but harmonic tension and release. From Bruford, Daniel Denis, Christian Vander, and here; Patrick Forgas, comes such thoughtful, expressions.

When thinking of trying something new, try any or all of the Patrick Forgas Phenomena albums - each unique, and all entertaining.

As always, thanks to Progarchives for being, well, Proggy!!!

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5 stars The recipe stays pretty much the same for the album; keyboards, guitar, violin, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone patterns thread their way through piles of shredded, hyperactive beats. Again, the melodic writing owes much to a rarified strain of jazz rock rather than anything else; Soft Machine or Frank Zappa's Grand Wazoo spring to mind. With a sound as distinctive and fully formed as this, it'd be unrealistic to expect too much change this time around, but there are subtle shifts in emphasis. The rhythmic and melodic shifts on this record are incredibly deft, so that when you get started, you are completely on board with the brain-dance of it? Excellent work .
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