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LALLE LARSSON

Eclectic Prog • Sweden


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For a prog fan, LALLE LARSSON (Lars-Egon Larsson, born in 1974 in Malmö) is perhaps the best known as a keyboard player from Swedish Symphonic giants KARMAKANIC. He also played in 3RD WORLD ELECTRIC, ELECTROCUTION 250, and had collaborated with THE ALCHEMISTS and Virgil Donati; to name only a few.

However, from 1994 up to this day he had released a handful of albums - all eclectic in nature and worth checking. This Scandinavian soul is deeply rooted in fusion,coloring with strong shades of various Western Academic musics, a teaspoon (or more) of avantgarde approach - and of course, with a pretentious (in a good sense) bow to his old love, heavy metal.

We might argue about a degree of homogeneity in his variously-influenced music, but while it's certainly true to a degree (his ability to smoothly shift from jazz to romanticism is comparable to the biggest legends of prog rock), but that's beside the point. Larsson is an extremely versatile artist, a true professional with high degree of technicality, but also with spirit. His versatility might vary from old-fashioned jazz-rock to the complex orchestral pieces accompanied with metal band (his skills as a composer should be mentioned as well, as they're occupying a good chunk of his agenda) -- and everything in between aforementioned styles.




Moris Mateljan, 2010. - some information taken from Mr. Larsson's official website




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State of Mind
2002
3.04 | 4 ratings
Ominox - Contemporary Past
2004
3.92 | 67 ratings
Lalle Larsson's Weaveworld
2009
3.71 | 75 ratings
Infinity of Worlds
2010
3.80 | 89 ratings
Nightscapes
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Until Never
2014

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4.75 | 4 ratings
Seven Deadly Pieces
2009

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 Ominox - Contemporary Past by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.04 | 4 ratings

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Ominox - Contemporary Past
Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars Swedish, 1974-born keyboardist, hailing from Malmo.Larsson grew up in a music family and learned to play the piano at an early age.At the age of 15 he had already played his first gig and in 1991 he moves to Vienna to complete his musical studies.Two years later he returns to Sweden and forms his first band Ominox.Several members have passed through the line-up, namely bassist Jerry Ericsson,guitarists Bo Eriksson, Krister Jonson and Jimmy Lou and drummer Bengt Johnson.Ominox reputedly released a cassette in 1994.Compositions from this work as well as material written between 1993-95 were released in 2004 in CD format as ''Ominox - contemporary past''.

Lalle Larsson's vision for innovative and original music is clear throughout this work.Remember, we are talking about early-90's here, Prog Rock had yet to return in a regular basis and even Prog Metal was taking its baby steps.But Larsson's choice with Ominox was to mix Jazz/Fusion with keyboard-led Progressive Rock and the result is often fascinating.Led by his impressive technical background and studies in composition, he displays mostly long and instrumental tracks with virtuosic solos, grandiose textures but also a strange sense of melody in the more laid-back moments.Some very complex moves on bass and drums with a jazzy background are to be found in the album, which still contains good guitar solos and runs, maybe in a very ALLAN HOLDSWORTH style, and is highlighted by massive intercations between Larsson's synthesizers and the electric guitars.The album holds kind of a LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT feeling as a whole.Nothing comes in excess, the balance between melodies, technical skills and atmospheric soundscapes is kept in a good level.Among the sharp work of Larrson on keyboards the listener will find also some nice piano breaks with a loose execution, strengthening the jazzy character of the work.

This one belongs among Lalle's more overlooked works.Very nice music, especially considrening the time it was composed.Essential album for all lovers of jazzy Prog with tons of keyboards...3.5 stars,

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 Lalle Larsson's Weaveworld by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.92 | 67 ratings

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Lalle Larsson's Weaveworld
Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by MJAben

3 stars A lackluster album but not a lackluster effort, here we have a well-produced, well-played and well thought-out heap of utterly predictable music. Maybe I'm jaded, maybe I'm downright wrong, but the music here feels all too familiar and, at times, far too monotonous. Marionette and Dance of the Dead offer a dull hook, like your great aunt who is offering to pay to send you to what she swears is not bible camp (but you know better). Perhaps my issue with these songs is the amount of conviction. That being none. Despite this Newborn Awakening more than makes up for these lackluster efforts and offer renewed hope in an otherwise tedious album. This song alone seems to elevate my review at least one star, Adagio is mostly forgettable and Weaveworld is mildly interesting but, on the whole the entire album (sans. Newborn Awakening) feels extremely mediocre.

2.5 stars rounded up to three because Newborn Awakening is a 4 (possibly 5) star track that far surpasses the rest of the album.

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 Nightscapes by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.80 | 89 ratings

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Nightscapes
Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars His freshest album to date , released in 2012 Nighscapes, is no less great as previous one. The albus is again solid, both in musicianship and in musical ideas, mainly because is the same line-up and the tightness between musician is brilliant. The music offred is again high level progressive/jazz fusion, I really love this one aswell, pieces like Insomnia, Zero hour showing that Lalle Larsson mean bussines in this field. His keyboards has an important role and he offers a varied landscapes of sounds and atmosphere. Another very solid album under his name, definetly recommended and 4 stars easy. Without hesitation he is one of the most intresting and smart keyboard player of the our recent times. Excellent again on art work, this time the blurry green is the color on overall art.

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 Infinity of Worlds by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.71 | 75 ratings

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Infinity of Worlds
Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Lalle Larsson is one of the most acomplished keyboard player of the last decade, that's for sure. Being member along the years in bands such as Agents of Mercy, Karmakanic, 3rd World Electric, he was able to bring in each band he played something of a real intrest to prog listner. Lalle Larsson waveworld he released 3 albums, Infinity of worlds being his second offer and I think his best solo album. I knew already that he is very skillful and extremely versatile artist and inventive keyboard player, in fact one of my fav on the last years, with this album he reaches a level hard to bit by many musicians. Besides great almost perfect musicianship, he concentrated aswell on melodic lines not only tecnique, the result is impressive. Helped by some excellent musicians in jazz fusion world, some of them work with him before like bassist Jonas Reingold or top notch guitar player Richard Hallebeek. A special mention for drumer Mikael Wahlegren, he has some truly amazing chops here, what a drumer, brilliant and technically impressive. All pieces are from great to excellent, like the opening track A demon's kiss, Otherwordly or Beyond shadows (dedicated as booklet said to legendary Dio), this tune absolutly kick ass with a darker passages and out of this world musicianship. Each musician shine on this record and is one of the best I've heared from progressive/jazz fusion genre. Lalle Larsson proves with Infinity of worlds that is a musician to be discovered by a wider auditorium, he is a renowed player and one of the best of his field. recommended for sure, love the art work , that blue blurry type of the art work is also excellent, a theme that was present on previous album and aswell on their third one. 4 stars easy, damn fine album.

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 Nightscapes by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.80 | 89 ratings

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Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by Life Line Project

5 stars With "Nightscapes" Lalle Larsson concludes his Weaveworld trilogy, a series of 3 superbly played instrumental albums, all drafted in the same way. Instrumental progressive rock, solidly rooted in premeditated jazz-rock. All albums have the same line up: Lalle Larsson on keyboards, the incredible Richard Hallebeek on both electric & acoustic guitars, Jonas Reingold, one of the most remarkable bass players in the progressive scene on both fretted & fretless bass, the multi talented Walle Wahlgren on drums and a solid rock bottom of guitar riffs is supplied by Stefan Rosqvist.

After Weaveworld and Infinity Of Worlds, Nightscapes is the album which is strongest embedded in jazz rock harmonies and therefore has the sternest sound. The romanticism that adorned Infinity Of Worlds has faded and made room for a more technical approach, making it necessary to listen the album more often in order to discover all its beauties.

Don't think all romanticism has gone, just listen and enjoy "Rainbow's Gold", showing all melodic and harmonious talent of Lalle in all its splendour, one of my personal favourites.

In "Zero Hour" we understand why Stefan Rosqvist is present on the album. He supplies the song with a solid tuned down heavy guitar riff, thus representing the necessary rock ingredient on the album.

Nocturne gives us a moment of relaxation presented by Richard Hallebeek on his acoustic guitar and Lalle principally on his grand piano, an oasis of introspection, before the magnum opus of the album, title composition "Nightscapes Suite" starts off in a mysterious mood and resuming once more in one single piece the genious of Lalle Larsson and his compositional skills and playing qualities. Again I am amazed by the guitar playing of Richard Hallebeek, to me one of the revelations of this Weaveworld project. This suite, taking more than 24 minutes, is technically the most complex of all Weaveworld compositions and its worth to discover ali its hidden beauties, all the brilliantly conceived harmonic progressions and the exquisite melodies, the dark and brooding guitar riffs provided by Stefan Rosqvist widely contributing to the often sombre and melancholic mood of the piece.

The project seems to end in a quiet and introspected mood with the fretless bass of Jonas Reingold and a very melancholic piano and some smooth string sounds supplied by the synthesizers of Lalle Larsson. When the last sound seems to have died down, a silence of several minutes follows, before just for a short moment the atmosphere of the opening track Insomnia and the restlessness that characterises so many of the Larsson compositions is revived, the conclusion of a fantastic album and the end of a brilliant trilogy. One may wonder what mister Larsson will be coming up with next.

Advisable to everyone who is prepared to listen concentrated to a new album more often !! Thank you mister Larsson for this great set of three albums !!!

Erik de Beer

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 Nightscapes by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.80 | 89 ratings

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Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by oscillator11(J.M.)

4 stars With "Nightscapes" Lalle Larsson is concluding his Weaveworld trilogy, preceded by the albums "Weaveworld" and "Infinity Of Worlds", a completely instrumental series of albums proving us once and for all that Lalle Larsson is probably the world's best keyboard player.

"Nightscapes" links in perfectly with its predecessors and leads us once more through the beautiful world of sometimes mysterious and harmonious atmospheres, firmly rooted in melodic and premeditated jazz-rock.

Once more Lalle's fellow travellers through the realms of this Weaveworld are guitarists Richard Hallebeek ( a truly incredible guitarist), Stefan Rosqvist, bass player Jonas Reingold and drummer Walle Wahlgren.

The music on this third part of the Trilogy sounds a bit less emotional and the technical skills and complexity have taken the upper part and this third album lacks the warmth that was so characteristic for the second album, which I still consider the best.

Title piece "Nightscapes Suite" shows us once more all virtuosities and compositional skills the band are capable of in a work lasting more than 24 minutes.

"Rainbow's Gold" is closest to the sound of "Infinity of Worlds" and is my favourite on this album, showing us the romantic side of Lalle Larsson.

The beautiful "Nocturne" gives us an atmosphere of resignation, a fantastic duet played by Lalle on piano and Richard Hallebeek on acoustic guitar.

The album ends with the beautiful "Dawn Sheds a Final Tear", although I don't like these surprises at the end of an album when the last song has ended, a silence of several minutes follows and then you get another sonic pie after the dessert.

All three albums are practically on the same high level, although I still prefer the second one, but all three albums should be in the collection of everyone who claims to be a keyboard dominated progressive rock lover!!

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 Infinity of Worlds by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.71 | 75 ratings

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Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by lor68
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3 stars Well, Lalle Larsson is an eclectic symphonic composer from Sweden, whose variety of music themes and harmonic solutions are getting increased of personal experience: in fact, especially within his jazz-progressive style, enriched by means of classic prog-rock, his performance is better in comparison to his execution at the keyboards along with Swedish bands such as Karmakanic or Agents of Mercy...but unfortunately the present work is an instrumental solo project and- except on a few albums like "Epilogue" by Anglagard or "Escenes" by Gotic, being recognized as well structured instrumental albums that perhaps I've appreciated till the end without getting bored, in this case I'm a bit perplexed and confused about it...don't get me wrong, his attempt in the prog fusion sytle is appreciable and moreover Mr Larsson is well supported by a Dutch musician, Richard Hallebeek and Stefan Rosqvist, without forgetting Walle Wahlgren, already drummer in the mentioned above Agents of Mercy. Nevertheless the sadness all along the compositions let me stay a bit depressed for a while, even though the main structure of this work is played by the bass player Jonas Reingold, obviously conscious of his role as a "rhytmical guide". "A Demon's Kiss" is a powerful tune, whose sense of nostalgia is growing towards the end; instead "Otherwordly" is characterized by Larsson's acoustic piano, enriched by means of some occasional guitars and other keyboards, able to create a good "coloured" wall of sound, this time more delicate in comparison to the opener of the album; then you can listen to the similar "City of Lost Souls", where the support by Jonas Reingold is important, being able to maintain a kind of melancholy and reminding me of the atmosphere in the early albums by King Crimson (if you "erase" the acoustic piano). At the end I cannot get crazy for the heavy-rock song entitled "Beyond Shadows" , but immediately after I appreciate the fusion prog of "Lemuria", enriched by means of a few "Holdsworthian guitars" and a pretty piano as well, until the final title track "Infinity of Worlds", in the vein of a Swedish jazz band called "EST", which concludes the work in the best manner.

It' not equal to Clearlight's "Symphony", a special French fusion prog band or like some other fusion/symphonic Canterburian works a-la Isildurs Bane, but it's worth checking out at least (add an half star in the evaluation, especially if you are completely fitted into such a versatile fusion prog music)!

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 Lalle Larsson's Weaveworld by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.92 | 67 ratings

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Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by Life Line Project

5 stars With a band consisting of two guitar players, the more jazz-orientated Richard Hallebeek and the more heavy sounding Stefan Rosquist, the unsurpassed bass player Jonas Reingold,the excellent drummer Mickael Wahlgren and a small textless vocal contribution in the second song by Richard Szary, Sweden's top keyboard player Lalle Larrson surprises us with a superb instrumental album that takes us through heavy jazz-rock, solid symphonic soundscapes, subtle piano jazz and a healthy dose of progrock. All pieces show an almost unprecedented compositional mastership. Right in the opening track "Marionette" all the above mentioned stylistic characteristics can be fully enjoyed. It's great to experience the extreme contrast between Lalle's heavy and muscular electronic keyboard playing and the gentleness of his mostly jazzy inspired acoustic piano playing. Another aspect that catches the ear right from the start is the brilliant guitar playing by my compatriot Richard Hallebeek. His solo's are very beautiful and his sound is impeccable. I didn't know him, but judging by his playing, he may well have been a pupil from Wim Overgaauw, one of Holland's major jazz guitar players. A more mysterious atmosphere is created in "Dance Of The Dead", a piece that captures the listener right from the start. My personal favourite is the brilliant "Newborn Awakening" which lets us enjoy a fretless playing Jonas Reingold in optima forma and which should provide sufficient proof that Stefan Rosquist is a more than remarkable guitar player as well. Every theme in "Newborn Awakening" is perfectly chosen and brilliantly executed. If you play it ten times in a row, you keep discovering new beautiful spots you didn't remark before. At first sight Remo Gaziotto's "Adagio", based on a scrap of figured bass and a fragment of a violin part, attributed to Tomasso Albinoni, seems a bit kitschy, because so many musicians already used it for commercial purposes. However Lalle's brilliant and subtle piano playing, only assisted by Richard Hallebeek on acoustic guitar and Jonas Reingold on his fretless bass, makes amply up for this defect and I have to admit that he succeeded in rendering a convincing adaptation of this too often played piece. Masterpiece of the album is the almost a quarter of an hour lasting title piece "Weaveworld" in which you can fully enjoy the complete musical language of Lalle Larrson. Weather he plays the organ, mistreats his synthesizer or caresses the keys of his acoustic piano, there is never a doubt that you're listening to a true keyboard wizard. His band moves perfectly through all beautiful themes that are displayed in this fantastic piece. It's incredible that they are only so little known. With Lalle Larrson we have a keyboard player that combines the aggressiveness of a Keith Emerson to the inventiveness of a Chick Corea and the subtleness of a Duke Ellington or a Claude Bolling, but above all we have to do with an original and true keyboard genius. Are there no disadvantages on this album? Yes, the execution of the cd-booklet is a bit on the lean side, but once you entered the disc in your player, that is soon forgotten. I think that "Weaveworld" should belong in the cd collection of everyone who considers himself a true lover of progressive keyboard orientated music. Lalle Larrson is still an underestimated talent who deserves to be discovered. The only fair judgement, especially when compared with the competition is a five star one !

Erik de Beer.

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 Infinity of Worlds by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.71 | 75 ratings

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Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Very nice instrumental album by one of Sweden´s top new players of the new millenium. Lalle Larsson has made quite a name playing on several bands like Karmakanic and Agents Of Mercy. So I was a bit curious of how he would do on his own. Well, the good news are that although this is mostly his baby, he is, in fact, backed by a real band. Not surprisingly the bass player is the ever present Jonas Reingold (Midnight Sun, The Flower Kings, The Tangent, among many others). And Larsson does use the best of his musicians for a quite good team work.

I don´t know about his previous CDs, but this is mainly a Jazz-rock/fusion efford, with some symphonic rock tendencies, classical music overtones and even bits of heavy prog a la King Crimson (as on Beyond The Shadows). The results are pretty good. The music in general is quite nice, pleasant and inventive mostly of the time. The production is top notch and the musicians shine all over the record, specially the two guitarrists, both skillful and creative. Larsson´s keyboards are beautiful and fluid. If it was not for the annoying presence of some jazz-rock/fusion cliches, I´d gladly give this album a four star rating (bear in mind I´m not a fusion fan). So, to my taste, the rocking A Demon´s Kiss, the languid City Of The Lost Sould and, most of all, the epic title track (with a stunning build up at the end) are the CD´s highlights.

Final rating: 3,5 stars. Better than just good, but not really essential.

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 Infinity of Worlds by LARSSON, LALLE album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Lalle Larsson Eclectic Prog

Review by Life Line Project

5 stars When I recently entered my favorite record shop, the owner was just putting a new cd in the player and soon the shop was filled with astonishing keyboard orientated progressive jazz-rock. Upon inquiry it appeared to be the latest album of Sweden's top-keyboard player Lalle Larsson. Of course I bought the album and I have heard it lots of times since. Sweden has a long tradition of excellent jazz playing and lots of great jazz-musicians have come from Sweden. "Infinity Of Worlds" is another proof of this tradition.

On this album Lalle has surrounded himself with a couple of top musicians. Dutch top jazz-guitarist Richard Hallebeek is going for most guitar-leads, assisted by second guitarist Stefan Rosqvist, while the rhythm section is taken care of by drummer Mickael Wahlgren and bass-player Jonas Reingold who alternates between fretted and fretless bass. It's not just another vain display of incredible playing techniques as is so often the case with this type of jazz/fusion bands, but every composition on this album is worth enjoying to the last bar. Beautiful themes are alternated with impeccable solo's, the guitar playing of Richard Hallebeek being very impressive indeed. The keyboard playing of Lalle Larsson isn't just limited to the electronic keyboards. There are piano passages to be enjoyed that have the same gentleness of touché that remind me of that other great jazz- pianist/composer Duke Ellington. A Demon's Kiss alternates solid jazz-rock in the style of the best Return To Forever with very melodious piano-playing, while the beautiful sound of Richard Hallebeek's lead guitar leaves its clear mark on this title, a very strong opener. Otherwordly is built around a haunting and somewhat mysterious theme, that would do good in a suspense movie, the sequence of sounds (piano/guitar/synths) is chosen well and the composition is captivating right to the end. In my opinion City Of Lost Souls is the highlight of the album. It starts of with a subtle piano, soon joined by the splendid acoustic guitar playing by Stefan Rosqvist and the fretless bass of Jonas Reingold. In this composition Lalle's piano playing reaches the highest level of Duke Ellington subtleness, while the song moves up to a strength otherwise only reached in the best pieces by Chick Corea. A more heavy electric approach is to be found in Beyond Shadows, leaning on a heavy riff played by bass and guitar, sounding threatening throughout the piece. Beyond Shadows is constituting the solid stage on which Lalle displays all his skills on his electronic keyboards. In Lemuria a more dreamy and mysterious atmosphere is once more depicted. It starts of with some seashore sound effects, memorizing a civilization vanished into the depths of the sea. Once more the sound of Richard Hallebeek's guitar proves to be an excellent match for the full electronic keyboard sounds layered over this song. The longest composition and title piece Infinity Of Worlds starts, after a short synth introduction, with a piano, soon joined by a pulsating rhythm by bass and drums, working up to a climax, followed by another theme in a more symphonic mood. Infinity of Worlds takes us through worlds of different themes and changing atmospheres. It may not be the best possibility to end the album, because it doesn't conclude with the strongest theme, I still have to admit that "Infinity Of Worlds" is one of the strongest progressive jazz- rock albums I have ever heard. It will certainly please listeners who have enjoyed The Romantic Warrior by Return To Forever and it might just be possible that in compositional regards it even surpasses this other landmark of symphonic jazz-rock. Infinity Of Worlds has showed me a side of Lalle Larsson of which I would love to hear more, but that ofcourse is up to mister Larsson to decide.

If one could still have doubts about the compositional skills of Lalle Larsson, one should try to obtain the limited edition and get an extra disc containing an excellent live rendition of his Seven Deadly Pieces, showing Lalle as a composer and player of true modern progressive music. Being this an album that belongs in the collection of every true symphonic jazz-rock lover and regarding the fact that both the performance and the recording are of top quality the rating can only be a five star one.

Erik de Beer.

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