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3.79 | 27 ratings | 6 reviews | 4% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

2. Abcircus (6:35)
3. Blitz (8:47)
4. One Minute Of Thought.. (3:50)
5. Midnight Clear (5:04)
6. Two Seconds Of Time... (8:12)
7. Vespers (7:21)
8. ... (Incomplete, Broken And Abstract) (6:03)
9. Cropcircles (4:29)
10. Black And White (6:34)

Total Time: 61:28


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Line-up / Musicians

- Patrick Strawser / keyboards, synths
- Steve Hatch / guitars, mandolin
- Richard M. Kesler / bass, saxophone
- Brian Donohoe / drums, percussion

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The Laser's Edge #: LE 1028

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Review by loserboy
4 stars On the outside of this CD is printed the following wonderful summation. VOLARE is an instrumental quartet who blend classic prog and fusion with a distinctive Canterbury flavor. Essential for fans of NATIONAL HEALTH, HATFIELD & THE NORTH & HAPPY THE MAN. Let me build on this brief outline but suggesting that this quartet combine lovely guitar and bass expressions with keyboard and drum interplay in a highly "avante-garde"-like way. At times, I even hear the ol' mellotron adding some symphonia. It has taken me some time to get to the review of this progressive gem, but "just for the record...I'm going to put down" as a real winner and one of those recordings which will keep you amazed.

Review by Sean Trane
4 stars Debut album from this American quartet (the standard prog quartet with the bassist doubling on sax), and one of the 90's better albums in the Canterburian jazz-rock IMHO and produced by Glass Hammer alumni Babb and Schendel. With an amusing artwork, they recorded this album on the ever-essential label Laser's Edge in 97, and was very understandably well-received critically by the specialized press.

If this group is generally classified as Canterbury-an music (from Gligamesh to Hatfield to National Health and maybe a touch of Brand X), it is primarily due to their light-hearted harmonies, Strawer's particularly well-chosen keyboards sounds (often hinting at Stewart or Miller), every player's excellent skills and participating to the group's overall tightness, intricate compositions laced with original chord progressions.

One could also point to Kenso, Happy The Man or even The Muffins, but there is more than just sounding like other groups: Volaré has its own strengths and spirit as not be considered a vulgar clone band, much like Anglagard managed to recycle 70's sounds without sounding stale. Vespers and Abcircus are jazzier than most of the Kent groups ever gotten (except for maybe Gilgamesh) and some of Strawer's Mini-Moog (more Emersonian than Stewardian) and the mellotron both at the end of Blitz, are proof of this. Certainly not an album to give itself on a few listening, it is nonetheless directly accessible and with repeated listenings, this album will unfold slowly all of its treasures. Certainly one of my top 10 of that year and probably in the top 20 of the decade.

Review by apps79
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3 stars Volare were formed in February 1994 in Athens,Georgia,USA by three students, Patrick Strawser on keyboards,Norwegian bassist Jon-Fredrik Nielsen and Steve Hatch on guitars along with drummer Brian Donohoe.The next year Nielsen leaves the band to be replaced by Dave Denkman and cellist Rob Sutherland.After many months full of rehearsals and gigs,Dave and Rob quit and new bassist Richard Kesler enters the scene.The new Volare quartet records a 5-track demo-tape in 1996,receiving good critics,followed by the recordings of their debut with the scientific title ''The Uncertainty Principle''.This saw the light in 1997 on Laser's Edge.

Following the unique lines of HAPPY THE MAN,the delicacy of RETURN TO FOREVER and the Canterbury craziness of NATIONAL HEALTH,HATFIELD AND THE NORTH or even Dutch SUPERSISTER and compatriots HOWEVER,Volare present a modern mix of Canterbury-sounding Fusion style,full of shifting moods, sudden breaks, slick melodies and flexible passages.With some heavy use of electric piano,distinctive synth parts and frenetic guitar work,the quartet draws the line between the Canterbury-Prog complexity,where interplays follow one another, and the all-time classic Jazz-Fusion style with its numerous breaks and light improvised sections.Rich compositions played with talent but also with a slight modern edge,mainly in a fast tempo,where the members can emerge both as pieces of a band as well as individual leaders.The later tracks of the album have sort of a light Avant vibe, a few of them have also a hardly detected symphonic twist, while guitarist Steve Hatch often recalls ROBERT FRIPP's complex guitar tabs at moments with some fiery and heavy guitar work.

Nothing very original or ground-breaking,but all compositions are definitely at a high level and will fill your time with many great listening moments.Anyone along the lines of Canterbury- Prog,Fusion or any fan of the aforementioned bands should approach without hesitation.Recommended.

Review by Warthur
4 stars The sole fully-developed album by Volare proves - as fellow US band The Muffins did with Manna/Mirage - that you didn't need to be an artist with a personal connection to the extended Wilde Flowers/Soft Machine/Caravan/Uriel/Gong family of bands to produce top-quality Canterbury material. With a sound reminiscent of the best works of Hatfield and the North and National Health - with some more modern-sounding interjections from synthesiser wiz Patrick Strawser - the band produce a very credible effort which will enchant all fans of the subgenre.

It's a genuine shame that we haven't heard more from these gentlemen (aside from Memoirs, a collection of pre-Uncertainty material), because in recent years it seems the only Canterbury releases have been archival stuff from the glory days of the subgenre and the occasional new release from an old hand. I can't be alone in hoping that the distinctive Canterbury take on fusion won't die out as its founders retire from the music scene one by one; albums like The Uncertainty Principle make me think a revival is entirely possible, and prove that there's talent there equal to the challenge. It's a crying shame it didn't spark a Canterbury revival at the time.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Volare's first album is solid and consistent. To a certain extent, I would agree with other reviewers that compare this album to works by jazzier Canterbury bands like Hatfield and the North and National Health. Like these bands, Volare uses light- hearted and melancholic melodies for there m ... (read more)

Report this review (#67515) | Posted by fragile43k | Monday, January 30, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Absolutely fantastic album, great instrumental passages with lots of tempo changes and melodic hooks. National Health, Hatfield and the North and maybe a little bit of Gilgamesh can be heard in the music. I also hear Bruford's "One of a Kind" too. This one I played for a long time.....the Cant ... (read more)

Report this review (#28944) | Posted by swalter | Tuesday, October 5, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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