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ENTRANCE was a Danish fusion group formed in Copenhagen in the late 70's. The group featured more than a couple of notable jazz musicians from the area who were also in other prominent jazz rock groups, like Bo STIEF (PORK PIE, RAINBOW BAND), Ethan WEISGARD (DR. DOPO JAM), Jesper NEHAMMER (THORS HAMMER), Kenneth KNUDSEN (SECRET OYSTER), Kasper WINDING who played with FRANK ZAPPA, and the leader Palle MIKKELBORG who produced Miles DAVIS album 'Aura' in 1985 which also featured performances of ENTRANCE members included in the line-up at the time.

Music of ENTRANCE is recommended to fans of not always energetic but rather more contemporary fusion with cold atmosphere which still retains progressive elements. Outside of their own album, 'Aura' by MILES DAVIS can also be recommended as it's mostly composed and written by Palle MIKKELBORG and it isn't typical of other lounge jazz music of the era, but an electric fusion album influenced by passages from classical music.

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Entrance Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Again I'm educating both myself and the rest of you by reviewing -- with the help of YouTube -- a yet-unreviewed artist unfamiliar to me too. ENTRANCE was a Copenhagen-based fusion group active mainly in the late 70's, featuring seasoned musicians of the Danish jazz/fusion/prog scene, such as pianist Kenneth Knudsen (SECRET OYSTER) and saxophonist/flautist Jesper Nehammer (THORS HAMMER).

The names of two of the other members rang a bell for me: trumpetist Palle Mikkelborg whose solo album Song... Tread Lightly (2000) I've enjoyed, and pianist/percussionist Kasper Winding: I used to have a single in which the composer and multi-instrumentalist collaborates with vocalist Murray Head on 'Please Don't Leave Me Now' (taken from a 1985 soundtrack album The Flying Devils). But back to the subject. Entrance (1977) is the group's debut album, roughly 36 minutes in total, containing eight pieces of rather regular length. The composition credits are shared by Mikkelborg, Winding and Knudsen, but I have no access to writing credits for individual pieces.

The opener '543' is a funk-flavoured lively piece quite typical for the late 70's fusion genre. Synths are very central in the sound. Very dynamic 'Parapella Dance' has a lot going on with several instruments playing solos. 'Poor Kathy' features quite intense synth soloing. I bet 'Glassprince' was composed by Palle Mikkelborg: his trumpet is at the centre of the sound and the spacey atmosphere reminds me of his aforementioned solo album.

Also 'Italian Slides' and 'Cream' bring mellow nuances to the energetic album. The latter is a short, calm piece focusing on bass and almost New Age-y synths. The album is closed by 'Tropical Song' which is coloured by bizarre vocalising. The slightly hollow production is perhaps the weakest link when estimating how well this album has stood the test of time, because there's so much of better produced instrumental fusion music to be found. But an enjoyable album nevertheless, and for the compositions it stands proudly against the bigger names of the era. In the end there's rewardingly less of the funk flavour than on the bulk the typical late 70's fusion. Recommended if you like proggy fusion with plenty of synths.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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