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TONY KAYE

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A British progressive legend Anthony John SELVIDGE, known officially as Tony KAYE was born on January 11, 1945 in Leicester, England. He started playing piano at the age of 6. He says he had aspired to be a classical pianist in his early days, but another musical turning point arose around him - he got to be a rock keyboardist at 18. As everybody knows, he joined one of the greatest British progressive rock combo YES in December 1968 via some local rock projects. Tony and the other YES members released three albums ("Yes", "Time And A Word", and "The Yes Album") but in July 1971 Tony left YES after a gig at London Crystal Palace Bowl for promoting the third album.

Through attending FLASH as a guest keyboardist, Tony founded a supergroup BADGER with David FOSTER (bass), Brian PARRISH (guitars), and Roy DYKE (drums), to release "One Live Badger" in 1973. BADGER were disbanded in 1974, and Tony was invited to CINEMA (later YES aka 90125YES) in 1982 via DETECTIVE or BADFINGER. After releasing "Talk" and leaving YES in 1994, he temporarily retired from his rock life, but in 2007 he formed YES' off-shoot CIRCA: with Billy SHERWOOD and Alan WHITE.

Finally in September 2021, Tony's debut solo album entitled "End Of Innocence" (distributed via Cherry Red Records) was released for launching 'a musical interpretation of his thoughts and feelings over the events surrounding September 11 attacks in 2001 and the aftermath'.

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Tony Kaye Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars For me 9/11, 2001, was a day of ultimate contrasts, of opposite worlds. We were with a group of psychiatric patients on a holiday, very relaxed, no voices in their heads, no depressions, and we had fun, lots of fun, it seemed a perfect day to all of us. When we returned to the hotel and settled in front of the television for the news, around 0400PM, we were confronted with the horrible scenes of a burning WTC tower, it was told that a plane had crashed into one of the two the towers. Soon we all were shocked by a second plane that crashed into the other tower, terrifying live scenes and moments, some even thought World War 3 had started, a seemingly perfect day had turned into a dark day, very, very dark ....

Of course legendary Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye (he left the band in 1996) also watched the 9/11 horrors that were unfold on his tv screen. "The next day I unpacked my keyboards for the first time in a long time," he recalls. "I didn't know what I was going to do. It was one of those things that happened, inspiration on a musical level." Eventually this has resulted in Tony Kaye his first solo album, it was released on September 10th, 2021, one day before 9/11 had been 20 years ago.

The 16 short tracks (mainly between 1 and 4 minutes) are written as the soundtrack of the horrible, very emotional television images of that unforgettable day. Often featuring orchestral keyboards (Vangelis comes to my mind), like in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/Twilight Time, 911 Overture, Flight 11 and The Battle, sumptuous and compelling. A serie of compositions contain a dark or ominous undertone, especially Battle Cry (with voices of the weather forecast and spacey sounds), Tug Of War (bombastic), Towers Fall (tight beat, SF atmosphere) and Hero's (most dark track with chaotic sounds). NYC Blues delivers swinging bluesy piano runs, blended with soaring strings. And Let's Roll sounds as a mix of electronic music and jazzy piano, the atmosphere is at some moments chaotic, a strong musical translating of those horror hours.

A very special song is Sweetest Dreams featuring Tony Kaye his wife Dani Torchia on vocals, very fragile, blended with cheerful synthesizer flights, a sweet lullaby, just before the horror started. In the final 4 tracks the focus is on positive feelings and emotions. Glorious keyboards in Aftermath, militairy drums, spoken words and bombastic synthesizers in the patrioc sounding Hope And Triumph, tender Spanish guitar-like keyboards, blended with soaring sgtrings in the dreamy Homecoming, and an intense atmosphere in Ground Zero. What a wonderful, pretty emotional piece that sounds like an hommage to the victims, and as a voice of hope, featuring beautiful work on keyboards (strings and piano).

To me this album sounds as an impressive effort by Tony Kaye to translate all those emotions and feelings on 9/11 into music, not too dark, but well balanced between horror and hope.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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