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    Posted: September 09 2019 at 03:15
USA Fusion band lead by Sandy Owen with sound dominated by piano.
They released 2 albums that mix jazz rock with other elements.

Distances is atmospheric piano driven jazz rock with extended cover of Norwegian Wood.

In Sapphire House first half is rocking fusion with various melodies (some sound more familiar, some less).
Short "Canterbury" has additional guitar and flute.
The second part of the record is suprisingly very atmospheric - band creates spacey/symphonic/fairy atmosphere with additional vocals and oboe.
Last track is return to more dynamic playing (spoiler!)
Overall both albums are very good and can be listened to many times.


Distances 1976


full album:

1. Distances Theme
Carillon Dr. Paul Stroud (1:30)2. Interplosion
English Horn  Anonymous Friend (4:17)
3. Interlude
Flute  Mitch Berman (0:58)
4. Triangulum I, II, III (5:29) 
5. Thoughts (6:17)
6. Movin' On (3:16)
7. Far From Yesterday (4:24)
9. Distances-Reprise (1:47)



Sapphire House 1978


full album:

2. Doubletime (6:47)
3. Fat Cookie (4:56)
4. Gargantua (4:43)
5. Canterbury (1:54)
6. Waterfall (6:12)
8. Whisper (4:51)
9. Aegean Wanderer (8:11)

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 11 2019 at 11:18
We'll check them out, thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Logan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2019 at 10:33
I enjoyed listening to Sapphire House very much, thanks.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote HarryAngel746 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2019 at 10:07
Thank you, too. This album surprised me nicely, too.

Interestingly, the female vocals in "Waterfall" sound a bit like keyboards.
In those slower moments on the piano - maybe a little bit Erik Satie comes to mind.
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Their version of Norwegian Wood is a pretty cool mashup with Brubeck's Take Five. 
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