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DOUBLE TALK or Theo TRAVIS' DOUBLE TALK is a band project conceived in 2007 by saxophonist Theo TRAVIS for his album in that year that featured organist Pete WHITTAKER, guitarist Mike OUTRAM and a guest musician in Robert FRIPP of KING CRIMSON fame. TRAVIS officially named the group only after the 2015 album 'Transgression' when they also added Nic FRANCE (of NUCLEUS) to the DOUBLE TALK line-up, this time guiding the band in a more jazz rock direction than the previous ambient oriented one which is similar to collaborative albums between TRAVIS and FRIPP.

DOUBLE TALK is TRAVIS's most recent musical effort that can be called his own since he hasn't been releasing solo jazz records in a while and has been busy with many other progressive rock bands as a studio musician or more, like TANGENT, SOFT MACHINE LEGACY, JADE WARRIOR and Steven WILSON.

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3.05 | 3 ratings

Theo Travis' Double Talk Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I was really interested to hear what this album would sound like. We know Theo has been involved with a lot of bands playing what they wanted him to play, so what does Theo want to play? When I think of Theo Travis I first think of Steven Wilson because I saw him play live with them which was a great experience. But THE TANGENT is where I first heard this man's playing and I know he's done stuff with Robert Fripp and of course SOFT MACHINE and related. He has carved out a nice career for himself.

We get a four piece here with Theo adding sax, flute and fender rhodes while we also get drums, guitar and organ. I'm not familiar with his band here but the drummer did play later on with NUCLEUS. This is fairly light Jazz overall but we do get some urgency with that opener "Fire Mountain" which makes me think of Mount Sinai when God arrived and terrified them all. This is my favourite track and it's more like a slow burn then a raging fire. A twisted guitar solo too! And of course the sax is really good here especially late.

"Transgression" the title track is by far the longest at 12 1/2 minutes and while we get a sadness at times we also get some ripping sax around 8 minutes in. The next three tracks and the closer just don't do a lot for me hence the 3 star rating but I was surprised to hear "Maryan" a Wyatt cover and "A Place In The Queue" from THE TANGENT and neither come close to the originals in my opinion.

This really is for those who are into classy Jazz based music. An enjoyable record.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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