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Founded in Washington DC, USA in 2018

LAZLEITT (pronounced Laz-light) were founded as an eclectic rock project conceived by a songwriter / composer / multi-instrumentalist Alex LAZCANO hailing from Washington D.C. in collaboration with a drummer Jorge Cortes CUYAS and a flutist John POMEROY. Alex says the name of his combo 'Lazleitt' is a portmanteau of 'Lazcano' and 'light'. LAZLEITT's music is inspired by progressive rock, sometimes combined with styles or genres such as folk, classical, medieval, experimental, and hard rock. Their debut album "On The Brink" released in 2018 was composed, arranged, and produced by Alex with drum arrangements by Jorge.

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3.92 | 10 ratings
On The Brink
2018
3.78 | 9 ratings
Perpetually Under Idle Grounds
2019

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 Perpetually Under Idle Grounds by LAZLEITT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.78 | 9 ratings

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Perpetually Under Idle Grounds
Lazleitt Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Although the debut Lazleitt album only came out in 2018, Alex Lazcano was back with another the following year, and already there had been some changes, the biggest of which was that drummer Jorge Cortes Cuyas was no longer involved. Given that the interaction between Alex and Jorge had been a major part of the sound on the debut I was intrigued to see what had happened to the music. Alex is of course still providing guitars, bass, keyboards, piano and vocals, and Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band) is back again but this time not only is he providing lead guitar but drums as well. No flute on this album, but Alex brought in none other than Liz Tapia (Dark Beauty) to provide backing vocals as well as some lead which provides some different vocal sounds, while David Knowles (The Swan Chorus) is on additional keyboards and Carlos Hernandez (Tree of Life Project) also provides some lead guitar.

The result is an album which is both heavily related to and a step change from the debut. There is much more in the way of keyboards and guitars, and while the drums are still powerful it is in a totally different matter to the original, which means there is less of a rhythmic foundation. The vocals and top line melodies are more important on this release, with keyboards far more prevalent and layered. Liz has a wonderful voice, and is able to adjust to what is needed, and here her part is that of a band player as opposed to being out front, and she provides the perfect foil to Alex. Again, there are many instrumental passages, and while Alex still has that chunky bass sound the ear is drawn far more to the front melodies

This is commercial progressive rock with a lighter sound, but don't let that mislead you into discarding this as not being worthy: there are times when it is almost reminiscent of Les Holroyd's songs in BJH, but with more of the John Lees backing combined with Geddy. Given that in many ways this is quite different to the debut I look forward to seeing what the next one will bring, and let's hope it's soon.

 On The Brink by LAZLEITT album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.92 | 10 ratings

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On The Brink
Lazleitt Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Lazleitt is a project put together by Washington DC based multi-instrumentalist Alex Lazcano, with the name being a combination of "Laz" and "light", just with an unusual spelling. On this album Alex provides lead, rhythm & 12-string acoustic guitars, keyboards, piano, bass, soundscapes and vocals as well as co-producing with Eric Gillette (Neal Morse). The other main player in the project is drummer Jorge Cortes Cuyas, and it was by working with him that Lazcano came up with the ideas for what is intended to be listened to as a single piece of music (and indeed was sent to me as such). The only other guest is flautist John Pomeroy, but to be honest this never sounds like a project and more of a well-oiled machine where the musicians have bene playing together for years.

This album was actually released in 2018, but I only came across it after I was contacted by Alex to see if I was interested in hearing both this and his most recent album. I had no idea what to expect, only that the band are in the neo-prog sub-genre but given that this in itself covers a multitude of sins and different sounding bands that didn't tell me much. I soon realised that what I was listening to was both quite different and strangely familiar. The reason for this is that in many ways the whole album is built on the rhythm section, and if someone had told me this was a lost recording from Chris Squire and Bill Bruford then I wouldn't have been surprised at all. The interaction between Cuyas and Lazcano is simply wonderful, with lots of power and diversity as both go off at tangents and have fun. There arrangements alone are complex and incredibly complicated, both showing they know their jazz as well as their progressive rock.

With a basis as strong as that I found myself sometimes concentrating on that, as opposed to the layers of music which appear over the top, which is a mistake in itself as there is also plenty there to enjoy. Heavily commercial progressive rock, this certainly has something in common with the simpler elements of Neal's style, which may have something to do with the influence of Gillette. Then just when I think I have a handle on what is going on a flute appears, and the music again takes a different direction. This is a progressive album which is incredibly easy to listen to on first hearing, and is also a grower.

I am somewhat surprised I hadn't come across this before now, but I am glad I am now in contact with Alex as this is very enjoyable indeed.

 Perpetually Under Idle Grounds by LAZLEITT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.78 | 9 ratings

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Perpetually Under Idle Grounds
Lazleitt Neo-Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

4 stars Lazleitt is the creation of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Alex Lazcano. This is the second full blown project under the Lazleitt moniker entitled 'Perpetually under Idle Grounds, which follows 2018's On the Brink. Joining Alex Lazcano (on Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Piano & Vocals) in collaboration with other musicians such as Eric Gillette (The Neal Morse Band) on drums, lead guitar, Mixing & Mastering album, Liz Tapia (Dark Beauty) on vocals, David Knowles (The Swan Chorus) on additional keyboards, Carlos Hernandez (Tree of Life Project) on lead guitar.

The album starts with a short dark, eerie and sinister prelude. Then we have the twenty-one-minute epic A Furtive Shelter. It is the definite highlight of this album, filled with numerous instrumental passages and some great vocal work. All the strong points of the album are on this song, and there's loads of them. The next track Gallows Hill Dossier 1: Grace Sherwood is one of the most interesting tracks on the album. It has some appealing changes of pace that keep things notably edgy. It has a boisterous bass line that fills the room. Following Gallows Hill Dossier 1: Grace Sherwood we have the fourth track Gallows Hill Dossier 2: Bridget Bishop. This ambitious piece boldly lays the band's abilities and credentials on the table. It is by turns eccentric, serious, challenging, accessible, melodic and discordant. I immediately enjoyed this piece. The closing track called The Owl and The Blue Rose is based on the tv show Twin Peaks. This is another highlight of the album. I however find it slightly repetitive, but non the less a great finish to the album.

I feel I must mention that this album took upwards of 15 listens to fully appreciate. To me this means that this album will have a high replay value for years to come. An outstanding well-articulated album full of enjoyable music which raises the progressive standard even higher. A top score well-crafted album. The Cover Art is great at perpetually depicting those idle grounds.

 Perpetually Under Idle Grounds by LAZLEITT album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.78 | 9 ratings

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Perpetually Under Idle Grounds
Lazleitt Neo-Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

3 stars I was given an advance review copy of this album.

Meticulously composed and constructed symphonic/neo-progressive music

Put on your thinking cap:

If there's one thing I've learned about Alex Lazcano, the brains behind Lazleitt's sophomore release (July 26, 2019)- his head is full of pretty deep stuff.

Philosophy. Fantasy. Spirituality. Prejudice. The paranormal. The nature of reality.

Easy-going stuff like that.

H.P. Lovecraft and Twin Peaks, Salem Witch Trials'

Yes, just some of the references and influences to be found in this album.

All set to cinematic, story-telling, epic progressive music that is flawlessly executed, with crystalline production by Eric Gillette, sound-shaper at EKG Studios, solo artist, and multi-instrumentalist/composer/vocalist with The Neil Morse Band.

And musically'

Yes, yes, we're not discussing a novel here, or even a TV series.

Rather, an actual music production, with a stellar cast and an eerie conceptual thread.

The music is intricate, themes introduced, interwoven with multiple keyboards providing lush and rich sound- tapestries (both Alex and David), lengthy instrumental passages, and vocal work sometimes male and female harmonies (Alex and Liz), more often solo.

Eric's drumming and Alex's bass guitar work to solidly propel and bring verve to the sound.

Did I mention scorching guitar solos?

Carlos and Eric bring formidable fretwork to the mix, along with Alex's more restrained playing.

Several incendiary guitar solos ignite the proceedings at several places.

After a moody 'Prelude'

The epic twenty-one minutes-and-change 'A Furtive Shelter' comes thundering into life, with full orchestrated introduction, setting themes with Alex's deft melodic touch, then yielding to Eric's somewhat wistful/sepulchral voice, and Liz's expressive alto vocals.

It's for me the highlight of this album, filled with extensive instrumental passages and some tasty vocal work. All the strengths of the album are on display here, and there's plenty to take in.

Then, two 'witches'

Sadly, among the tragic, colorful, and unjust ways in which the fair sex have been treated over the years, the hysteria over 'witchcraft', the Salem Witch Trials, drownings, hangings, and public shunning, take prominent roles.

Using spooky voices and characters, alongside keyboard sounds, two notable historic figures are utilized as themes for the next two inter-related pieces.

Leading to the menacing finale

Based on UK poet Sue Lumb's lyrics, Alex composed this closing track based on Twin Peaks' meditations upon reality/fantasy, capping off this magisterial work with lush orchestration, punchy bass guitar lines, ebullient drumming, all ending on a somewhat unsettling, questioning note.

Growing edges

Lazleitt and Alex show considerable growth and maturity with this sophomore release. For me, the vocals are a question mark. Both vocalists seem competent enough, yet both are an acquired taste. Liz's too ready vibrato bothered me, and Alex has that sometimes hollow, fairly impersonal quality, especially in passages that seem to demand more fire and guts.

I thought too the range of characters represented in the lyrics could well be more distinguished by recording techniques of nearness/distance, perhaps different vocalists, use of other vocal settings.

In sum

A fine, evocative sophomore effort filled with memorable melodies and lush soundscapes.

3.5 spooky sepulchers

 On The Brink by LAZLEITT album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.92 | 10 ratings

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On The Brink
Lazleitt Neo-Prog

Review by thesimilitudeofprog

4 stars Lazleitt is a Neo-Progressive Project led by Alex Lazcano ( Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Piano & Vocals). Joining Lazcano are drummer Jorge Cortes Cuyas & special guests: John Pomeroy on Flute, and Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band) on Lead Guitar. Eric Gillette also plays Lead Guitar on Tangential Wisdom, Beyond The Door There Is No Pain and The Second Flame. Eric Gillette also added mixing and production skills as well. Lazleitt is a portmanteau of Lazcano & Light.

This album is meant to be listened to as one continuous track.

The sweeping music of Intro: The Doorway hooks you immediately. The melody of the song and the music are dreamy. You clearly hear the transition to Tangential Wisdom a rocking song which feels like it comes out of nowhere. After this track fades out, it transitions into The First Trail and is not entirely smooth. But the transition into The Flame (On The Brink) is seamless. There is confidence and optimism in the words. The feel of the song and music is slightly angelic. The track speeds up and we arrive at Beyond The Door There Is No Pain. This song has sensational guitar playing. The changes in rhythm and melody are amazingly integrated. Again, the guitar playing is sensational and is aided by keys and drums. Suddenly there comes a peaceful musical passage, leading into The Second Flame. A breathtaking musical sentiment makes an appearance here. I'm not going to tell you what it is, you'll have to listen to find out. Slowly the rocking section builds up, and again everything is in harmony. In Spinning Clocks a gentle flute is heard on the second half of the song. The Eighth Paradigm starts with a multi-layered acoustic guitar parts. The rocking tempo and volume continue to rise as it transitions into The Riddle. The layered vocals on Parallel Dreams form a beautiful, and slightly captivating blend. Alex sings slightly emphatically in The Second Trail. This short, calm section flows beautifully into the instrumental Through The Gates Of Life. On the last track, titled Finale: Memories Of A Battle the drums sound like a military march. Again, there is imaginative guitar playing. This track is clearly the end of the story. A beautiful build-up finale to a great album

If Didn't know any better I swear I hear the familiar bass playing of Chris Squire from Yes and Geddy Lee from Rush. I also here a lot of IQ-like keyboards through out the album. Alex Lazcano you have a real gift. I also find the drumming of Jorge Cortes Cuyas to be very similar to Led Zeppelin's John Bonham.

My one and only issue I have with this album are The melodies. They are great, but they are repeated too often.

Get this album of pure progressive rock overtures and melodies. Listen to something different with some of the wonderful instrumentation and music you remember from the past.

An excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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