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CZAJKOWSKI MINNEMANN

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United States


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In 2007, when Hectic Watermelon was added to ProgArchives, John Czajkowski had already announced a cooperation with Marco Minnemann, based on composing an album around a pre-existing 52-minute drum track, called Normalizer Pt. 2. After three years, the results finally arrived in the form of the album West ZooOpolis.
The album is very much NOT comparable to Hectic Watermelon, but does show the individual styles of super drummer Minnemann and 21st century jazz rock virtuoso Czajkowski.
The additionally nice, but slightly expensive, side of the story behind this album is that other muscians are also releasing albums based on the same drum track. At the time of release of West ZooOpolis, Marco Minnemann had already released his own Normalize Pt. 2 album, and Trey Gunn had released Modulator. Albums by Alex Machacek, Mike Keneally, Phi Yaan-Zek and Mario Brinkman will follow shortly. An experiment akin to the release of In the Court of the Crimson King, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and The Wall, but unfortunately much less noticed in modern times than it would've been in the 1970's.

Angelo Hulshout, June 2010
Thanks to John Czajkowski for providing information and images.

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Czajkowski Minnemann Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Angelo
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4 stars John Czajkowski is a magical musician, and in Marco Minnemann he found a peer. Few artists are capable of writing a decent piece of music around a pre-existing drum track. I've tried it myself on a 3 minute drum track, without much success, while John took on a 53-minute one. The result is an intricate piece of music, with a bit of humor, a bit of emotion and lot's of execellent listening. Those who know John's efforts with Hectic Watermelon will recognise his style, although this album is much less power oriented as The Great American Roadtrip. I am not going to attempt a track by track review, this album deserves to be judged in a single piece.

The fact that the same drum track resulted in seven different albums by different composers leads to curiosity to the other 6, and admiration for the inspiration that drummer Marco Minnemann is able to arouse. A must listen for modern JR/F fans.

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