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SYNCRISIS was another unknown German fusion band from the 80's. The band was short-lived and released only two albums; while the list of bands influenced by RETURN TO FOREVER could go on for quite a while, SYNCRISIS is a rare case where the guitarist Titus KOSTLER actually successfuly channels Al Di MEOLA, giving the albums sometimes that warmer tropical feel. Another worthy talent of this quartet is the pianist Edgar MULLER whos playing has some resemblance to Chick COREA, making the comparison even more complete. Because of the lack of information the only other thing that can be assumed about the band was that it was probably led by KOSTLER and drummer Uwe HOLZWARTH is the one who produced the recordings.

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3.00 | 5 ratings
Reflections In Musical Power
3.91 | 3 ratings
Sunny Crisis

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 Reflections In Musical Power by SYNCRISIS album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.00 | 5 ratings

Reflections In Musical Power
Syncrisis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars Short-lived German Jazz-Rock act with a light proggy flavor.Syncrisis were located somewhere in South Germany and led by drummer Uwe Holzwarth, guitarist Titus Köstler, bassist Peter Frodi and keyboardist Edgar Müller.Their first album ''Reflections in Musical Power'' was recorded at the so called Syncrisis-Studios (reputedly Holzwarth's basement) and released in 1981 as a private press.

The album is a very cool mix of fiery Prog/Fusion with tropical Jazz-Rock, always presented with a very positive and pleasant aura.The musicianship is all instrumental, including some superb guitar work by Köstler, somewhere between the styles of SANTANA and MARIO MILLO, filled with nice grooves and breezy solos.Edgar Müller, the man behind the keyboards, does a great job too.His electric piano lines have a strong CHICK COREA flavor, what are even more incredible are his breaking moog synths flights, which are really inspired.The rhythm section is quite strong as well and the album is characterized by the great number of interesting melodies, jazzy interplays and professional solos.

While not adding anything new to the endless list of Jazz/Fusion acts worldwide, Syncrisis' ''Reflections in Musical Power'' is an album full of nice surprises ans well-executed material, I think it definitely worths its money if a copy reaches your hands.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Sunny Crisis by SYNCRISIS album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.91 | 3 ratings

Sunny Crisis
Syncrisis Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Obscure progressive/jazz rock band from Germany with 2 albums under their belt with second one from 1982 named Sunny crisis being the most intresting one. Led by excellent guitarist Titus Kostler who has some amazing moments here, I really don't know why this musician is so unknown, really he has some fantastic guitar solos and arrangements , just to be checked Darbangha for example, superb piece that shows how great this band was and with all that totally unknown to larger public. Jazz rock melted very efficient with progressive moves, nice keybords and drums, overall a pretty decent even great release. Furious guitar parts but very intresting combined with keyboards and superb bass lines make from this album a little treasure in this field. Never realeased on CD so far, and is a damn shame because maybe that way they had a far more exposure. Very good album that needs to be discovered or re discovered by many listners as possible. The album doesn't have weak moments only highlights, the side B being the most intresting one with plenty of excellent passages that will please both progressive rock and jazz rock fans alike. 4 stars for sure, great under rated release. Intresting cover art aswell. Recommended.
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