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PURPOSEFUL PORPOISE is a band brought together by guitarist/vocalist/composer Alex CORA. Completing the group are drummer Vinnie COLAIUTA (Frank ZAPPA, Jeff BECK), keyboardist Derek SHERINIAN (DREAM THEATER, Yngwie MALMSTEEN), bassist Ric FIERABRACCI, and violinist Ginny LUKE (MEATLOAF, Dave MATTHEWS)

CORA's concept was to create an ensemble that could realize his vision of progressive rock with influences raging from GENESIS and Frank ZAPPA to Jeff BECK and Joni MITCHELL. The group plays all of their music live, in studio, to create a more spontaneous feel than track-by-track recording usually provides.

PURPOSEFUL PORPOISE's first album, The Water Games, released in 2014, is the first of a trilogy telling the sci-fi/fantasy story Jeux D'eau, which can be found at the band's web site at

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 The Water Games by PURPOSEFUL PORPOISE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.05 | 29 ratings

The Water Games
Purposeful Porpoise Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US project PURPOSEFUL PORPOISE is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Alex Cora, and at the tail end of 2014 he initially self-released his then self-titled double CD debut album, featuring contributions from an all-star cast of musical friends. The album was soon picked up by the British progressive rock label Giant Electric Pea, which reissued an expanded version of the album, now named "The Water Games", in the summer of 2015.

Purposeful Porpoise comes across as a vital setup, exploring a style of progressive rock I'd generally describe as founded in the classic era, yet without any direct pointers to specific bands other than certain trace elements and tendencies in terms of mood and atmosphere. Fans of bands such as Yes, Kansas and probably even Camel might want to give this one a spin, and in particular those among that crowd who know and appreciate music of this kind with improvisational aspects and a slight orientation towards jazz-rock.

 The Water Games by PURPOSEFUL PORPOISE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.05 | 29 ratings

The Water Games
Purposeful Porpoise Crossover Prog

Review by xxarie01

5 stars When i was searching for new fresh music, i stumbled upon Purpuseful Porpoise. YouTube learned me that Alex Cora is the man who brought several mucisians together. Together they made beautiful music from his compositions.

The concept during recording the album was that they would record the songs while playing them live in the studio. That gave the music authenticity and emotion. During recording things happened in the music, even some improvisation. My humble opinion says me that they have done this very well!

The music is divided on two CD's. The first CD has three long songs. The first song "Crossing Into The Unknown" is a nice example of crossover: i hear some Neo-Prog and Symphonic elements. It is a 20 minute wave of soft flowing sessions and harder rythmic pieces. The second and third song shows a variety of musical craftmanship, but i miss the good feeling i had during the first. For me these are the least attractive.

With the second CD things only get better! This is an absolute jewel, I have enjoyed every minute of listening. On this CD are seven songs that are generally shorter than the three songs on the first CD. On the second CD all music is divided into these seven songs, but it seems to me that the first six are flowing into one great epic piece. Here the concept of recording live really shines! The intricate voice from Alex Cora is sometimes rough, and then his voice is so delicate that it almost sounds feminine, beautiful! I can not point one song out as the best, because there is too much too choose. The album finishes with an instrumental piece, that i have enjoyed. But for me it was as if this song was not a part of the CD, I would have left it out or put it on the first CD.

Altogether, i have enjoyed the music very much and have rated it five well earned stars. Highly reccommendable!

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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