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ABLUTION from Sweden came to be after combining bassist John GUSTAFSON and keyboard player Peter ROBINSON (later in BRAND X) from the heavy prog act QUATERMASS with ex-members of BALTIK: Bjorn J:SON LINDH on flutes, drummer Ola BRUNKERT and guitarist Janne SCHAFFER (best known as a session guitarist for ABBA). Joining them on additional percussions was now deceased Malando GASSAMA and Barry de SOUZA on the trumpet. Together they released one self titled album of progressive fusion with a pronounced funk sound.


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 Ablution by ABLUTION album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.64 | 18 ratings

Ablution Jazz Rock/Fusion


3 stars This obscure seven-piece band cut their sole album in Sweden, 1974, John Gustafson (bass) and Pete Robinson (Keybords) were two Englishmen that had worked together earlier in the UK prog rock trio Quatermass (1970). Ablution plays a very average kind of jazz-rock fusion that can't stick into my mind.Their playing is solid enough, particularly the combination of the flute and the percussion is strong and adds a latin flavor to their sound. Typical of this era we also hear elements of funk here and there, but overall nothing memorable. As I know it never came out on cd, so the vinyl copies may be expensive too. So, don't look around for it, except if you are deep into Jazz Rock.
 Ablution by ABLUTION album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.64 | 18 ratings

Ablution Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars After Sonic Youth's Washing Machine, comes Ablution (cover art joke, laughter please).

Ahhh, the swedish music. From Ace of Base to Entombed, from ABBA to Dan Swano projects, I love it. This is Ablution first and last. This isn't a miss. Otherwise, a great jazz/fusion full filled with good solos and a variety of instruments. Mainly Peter Robinson (later in Brand X) keyboards, are very pleasent for me. The violent flutist is very remarkable. From the first song, they show what they got, with awesome keys riffage, percurssion, guitar solo, flute, trumpet, all fused into a stylish rhythm. There is some avant gardish presence at this album, and some dissonant chords. This is the kind of music that if you press "play" you won't stop until it reaches the end.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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