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Jim Gilmour was born in Scotland, but his family moved to Canada while he was still a child. He began playing accordion at the age of nine and the piano at the age of seventeen. He also learned to play the clarinet. Inspired by Eddie Jobson and his band UK, he briefly performed as lead vocalist and keyboardist in a Prog-Jazz band which featured GENTLE GIANT and STEELY DAN songs.

He joined the band SAGA just before that band recorded its third album "Silent Knight" as its keyboardist, replacing prior keyboardist Greg Chadd. In the 1980's, during a hiatus from the band SAGA, Gilmour and band drummer Steve Negus formed GNP (The Gilmour Negus Project), featuring vocalist Robert Bevan, which released one album "Safety Zone" in 1987.

Gilmour released his first solo album, an all-instrumental affair inspired by the likes of Vangelis and Yanni in 1996, entitled "Instrumental Encounters." It would take another ten years before Gilmour would release his second solo album, "Great Escape" in 2006. This album included 11 songs, and unlike his first solo album, about half of those were vocal tracks. The album was inspired by his many camping trips in Canadian wildernesses. He continues to play keyboards and sing the occasional lead vocals with SAGA to this day.

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2.40 | 5 ratings
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3.10 | 12 ratings
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 Great Escape by GILMOUR, JIM album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.10 | 12 ratings

Great Escape
Jim Gilmour Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Jim Gilmour is a skilfull and gifted keyborad player for 35 years or even more, his name is almost equal (for many fans with the band where he begun to be recognizable as a true talent of his instrument,) with the canadian band Saga. He joined this band in 1980 with Silent night album and was and is the keyboard player and back vocalist , ocasinaly even lead vocalist of Saga to the present day. To me his style offered with Saga is instantly recognizable, catchy and full of inventive passages. He release under his name so far 2 albums , one in 1996 and second in 2005 named Great escape. Well, this second offer showing that Gilmour is still in bussines. The album is dedicated and inspired by canadian wilderness, it contains 11 track some instrumental some with vocals provided by Gilmour himself and by female singer Tofani. I like what I've heared here, is his typical trade mark keyboard arrangements who make then famous with Saga with some hints towards fusion, but in the end is not a fusion album overall. His skills are evident on each piece, he really handle the instrument very well with excellent moments, the perfect example is the opening track No Sign, the rest are also strong. Also, I like a lot, and I mean a lot his tone of voice both here as on Saga albums . All in all a very competent album where his keyboards skills melted with his great voice worth some spins, to me is one of the better keybordists of last 3-4 decades. Good album in places towards great.3.5 stars.

 Great Escape by GILMOUR, JIM album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.10 | 12 ratings

Great Escape
Jim Gilmour Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Jim Gilmour may be familiar to some as long serving keyboard player in canadian band Saga.

Great Escape is his second release, and is somewhat a departure from what he usually do.

It is obvious from the start that Gilmour has a fascination for jazz and fusion, as most songs here are to a smaller or larger degree spiced with influences from those genres - in style, composition or performance.

Apart from that, this is a release that showcases Gilmour's capabilities as a keyboard player - as would be expected.

Somewhat varied in quality, but there's enough good tracks here to make this one worthwhile checking out.

Thanks to the doctor for the artist addition.

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