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LEE ABRAHAM

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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Composer and musician Lee ABRAHAM was born in the midst of the golden age of progressive rock, but while musically interested and active in a number of locals bands early on he didn't get to take an interest in this genre until the late 1990's. At that point he had his first encounters with acts such as Dream Theater and Spock's Beard, after which he became one of many musicians fascinated with the style and this approach to the art of making music.

2004 saw him make his debut as a solo artist with Pictures in the Hall, a true to life self made album. This was followed by View From the Bridge in 2005, this time around with Karl Groom and Martin Orford making guest appearances. Just about then Abraham's solo career went into a brief hiatus, as he joined Galahad for what became a three year long stint, but in 2009 he returned with his third and most recent production to date: Black & White.

Besides issuing solo albums and his tenure with Galahad, Abrahams is a member of progressive rock cover band The Indigo Pilots, and he's also got a side project for material of a more pop oriented nature, Idle Noise, with a self-titled album from 2008 as the sole release so far.

The latest news from Lee Abraham as far as issuing material goes took place in 2010, when he re-recorded his 2004 composition Pictures in the Hall and made the new version available as a free download.

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3.57 | 7 ratings
Pictures in the Hall
2004
3.92 | 25 ratings
View From the Bridge
2005
3.89 | 46 ratings
Black and White
2009
3.92 | 77 ratings
Distant Days
2014
3.93 | 82 ratings
The Seasons Turn
2016

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 The Seasons Turn by ABRAHAM, LEE album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.93 | 82 ratings

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The Seasons Turn
Lee Abraham Crossover Prog

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Lee Abraham got on my radar as a replacement for the lamented bassist Neil Pepper on Galahad's latest releases, but I did not really get further involved until "The Seasons Turn" was announced, featuring a few musicians that I really love a great deal, such as the fabulous Marc Atkinson, owner of a uniquely expressive voice that is quite rare in Progland. His work with Riversea and Nine Stones Close are imminently fabulous monuments to expressive singing. Drummer Gerald Mulligan from Credo also lends his thumping talents to the mix, as well as lead singer Mark Colton. Add other luminaries such as Martin Orford (IQ), Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf), Dec Burke (Frost* and Darwin's Radio) and Simon Godfrey (Shineback) and you know the quality will be front and center. The Abraham band members are new to me as of today but certainly not tomorrow, as Alistair Begg on bass, Christopher Harrison on lead guitars and Rob Arnold on piano and keys are all first rate musicians.

To kick off an album with a 24 minute marathon tour de force is quite the gamble, but it seems apparent from the very first note that Abraham wanted to stamp this opus with some immediate prog brilliance, and this tremendous title track is an absolute corker! There is little doubt that Marc Atkinson's voice has a more feminine tinge (as opposed to some bluesier growl), not far behind the magnificent Steve Balsamo's wail, he of IO Earth and Kompendium fame. Everything here is sheer magic, as only emotionally charged and progressively structured music can be at times, especially when peppered by Rob Arnold's eloquent piano motifs, as well as the howling mellotron detonations carved by a honed prime electric guitar that slices through the haze. Epic and grandiose, this is a vigorous affair that takes no prisoners, somewhat akin to the very recent and muscular IQ work, in that it offers depth, panorama and altitude. When Marc Atkinson clutches the microphone, the sonic thrill begins in earnest, not just a glorified chops session but a bona fide epic masterpiece! While not complex in structure, the music is not commercial or even accessible to all, as it has an ethereal quality that emotes on a multitude of levels. The chorus seems like one may hear in some vivid dream, exploded onto a canvas of colors with bass blue, dark violet drums and golden guitar twirling the brush. Harrison rages, rants and rampages very correctly, elevating the piece to the most glorious heights with multiple solos throughout, though it must be stated that Atkinson really shines very brightly as a lead vocalist, proving to be among the very very best in Progland. Stick man Mulligan pounds the colossal finale into proper submission. No other word comes to mind than: WOW!

After such a volcanic experience, "Live for Today" serves as a definite refocus, a refreshing insight into the daily routine, a comforting disturbance (or a disturbing comfort, if you prefer) that is perfectly highlighted by Dec Burke's brittle lament, a sizzling guitar barrage that fizzles like hell-bent phosphorous, Alistair Begg foraging the low end with his moody and animated bass guitar, winking at Mulligan and his kit, a 7 minute ditty that is just the perfect segue to the previous megalith.

Marc Atkinson has a few different vocal tones, somewhat growlier (as in tired) on the next piece, the bouncy "Harbour Lights", a somewhat Genesisian tendency pervades the arrangement, with loads of keyboards, an expressive and boisterous guitar presence, while the rhythm section sets a strong foundation. Toss in some fortuitous flute work from Martin Orford and the brilliance illuminates the proceedings in a very demonstrative manner.

The more straight forward power balled "Say Your Name Aloud" features Credo's lead lung Mark Colton and he is no slouch either, a gifted vocalist that exudes charm and passion. This is the only outright 'commercial' moment here, a relatively simple piece with countrified guitar pickings, almost a British styled Eagles like song. It serves nicely as respite but we progheads prefer, as ELP would once put it, 'The Endless Enigma" of unending prog adventure.

The sensation returns with another masterful extravaganza, the 16 minute "The Unknown" which now features Shineback's Simon Godfrey on lead vocals, in what should be best described as a modern neo-prog epic that speaks to the 21st century fan, a longing to be free, to be stimulated and to find some kind of musical release, as our world continues to veer towards insanity. Between idiot politicians, severe weather dislocations, social apathy, terrorism, disappearing airplanes, GMOs, increasing wealth gap and Brussels dysfunctionality, there is really little respite. The snarling guitar barrage underlines the frustrations, the barely expressed rage, the pharma-fueled apathy and the flickering glimmer of some kind of future salvation. Yeah, right! The bullish song slithers along, undeterred by any pretense, content to hurl guitar sparks into the gun powder room, and the rest be damned! The drum beat is tectonic, the keyboard arsenal finds itself unleashing all its weapons of ivory and the finale is pure bombast! The piece ends on a very elongated and spooky cosmic sound that bodes little good fortune for the future. Let us pray?.

Some of the most vivid artwork ever, a sensational package that deserves to be heard, appreciated and adulated. The two epics opening and closing the album are simply fabulous works of genius.

4 veering terms

 Distant Days by ABRAHAM, LEE album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.92 | 77 ratings

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Distant Days
Lee Abraham Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Although Lee first came to prominence with the release of his second solo album 'View From The Bridge' in 2004, he is probably best known by many as being bassist with Galahad between 2005 and 2009, playing on 'Empires Never Last' and the live 'Resonance' DVD as well as numerous gigs. He released 'Idle Noise' with Steve Kingman in 2008, then followed that with 'Black and White' in 2009, since when he has been performing live as well as working with other artists. But after a gap of five years he is now back with his fourth solo release, 'Distant Days'. On this he is joined by Gerald Mulligan (Credo) on drums, and other members of his core live band Chris Harrison on guitars, Alistair Begg on bass/Chapman Stick and Rob Arnold on keyboards. Jon Barry and Simon Nixon added their guitar talents and Lee was delighted to welcome Robin Armstrong (Cosmograf) on acoustic guitar and Dave Phillips on backing vocals while he also had numerous other guests including Karl Groom (Threshold/Shadowland), Dec Burke (Darwin's Radio/Frost*/Brave New Sky/Solo), Marc Atkinson (Riversea/Nine Stones Close/Mandalaband/Solo), John Young (The John Young Band/Lifesigns) and Steve Thorne (Solo)

This is one of those albums where the writer wants the listener to really pay attention to the lyrics, which here deal with topics such as childhood, the oppression of Government authority and the cause of the recent global recession. As Lee says, "Some of the lyrics may sound heavy going, but I wanted to cover subjects that everyone could relate to, especially here in the UK. Recently, we have had a lot of scrutiny of our Government's behaviour and how it goes about governing us. I also take a look at the financial institutions that are also largely to blame for the recession we're just trying to sort out. But rest assured, there's happy stuff in there too!"

It kicks off with a mighty bang with the commercial prog metal of "Closing The Door", which mixes tempos and moods with plenty of strong guitars and swirling keyboards. In many ways this is a great opener as not only does it set a mood and a level of expectation, it also showcases many of Lee's ideas as although it is prog metal, there are times when it is strongly neo, while there is also room for a much more reflective element even though that can be tempered by a kick ass guitar solo. The use of different singers works well, and isn't the distraction that it can sometimes be, just because they all fit in so strongly together and there is always very much a band feel and direction as opposed to a 'just' a project.

One band that I kept being reminded of at different times when playing this was Asia, as not only are the harmonies spot on but there are loads of great hooks and the production is second to none. This just doesn't feel like an underground release on the artist's own label, but rather something that has had some serious money and time put into it. Closing number "Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday" is one of the two epics, and is the longest at fifteen minutes, starting with some beautifully reflective and delicate piano, but it soon becomes something that is far more bombastic and with real presence, although the piano is never too far away.

Overall this is a real delight, and I only hope that it isn't five years until the next one. For more details visit www.leeabraham.co.uk

 Black and White by ABRAHAM, LEE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.89 | 46 ratings

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Black and White
Lee Abraham Crossover Prog

Review by progrules
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Former Galahad bass player Lee Abraham is already in business solo for quite some time now but with his latest he has managed to produce something special. Not aware of his earlier material I'm contemplating to explore that as well...

Starting with the intro track Speaking of Which Lee put us on the wrong foot one might say. Sounding symphonic and rather tame it suddenly turns really rough with first real song Face the Crowd. This proves we could put mr.Abaraham in the heavy prog subgenre just as well. On the other hand the music sounds pretty accessible which warrants the crossover choice very much in fact. After several minutes the song calms down and the acoustic guitar shows us we're dealing with more than one style for sure, even within one song. After a few seconds the song explodes again to return in the original fashion. Next up is The Mirror, by far my favorite track and one that has managed to climb up my personal all time stand outs. So that indicates Abraham is obviously pretty much my cup of tea. And it's remarkable this third track is the clear winner knowing I'm an epic devotee and the last two tracks are two very long songs and also very good epics which means The Mirror has to be truly outstanding to beat those two. And so it is. It's a very good composition and has a great build up saving the best for last with a blistering guitar solo blowing my mind completely. I hope he will make more of these in the future.

The accompaning band of Lee Abraham features prog heroes like Gary Chandler (Jadis), John Mitchell (Arena, Frost* a.o.) Steve Thorne and Sean Filkins (Big Big Train a.o.) and fourth track Celebtrity Status is well lifted by Gary thanks to his great singing skills. The mentioned two epics finish the album off in superb style simply bringing me to one possible conclusion: Black and White is a great album, truly excellent in my book without doubt. The only slight warning I can think of is towards those who can only embrace the real progressive artists and albums. Lee Abraham is only semi-prog and therefore rightly placed in the crossover genre. This album is a mix of neo prog and heavy prog mostly and thus recommended to fans of those subgenres. Four stars is my verdict.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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