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Frogg Cafe


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.73 | 46 ratings

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3 stars 3.5 stars actually...

Super-talented US band coming from the New-York area.They were found in 1998 under the name ''Lumpy Gravy'' and started as a FRANK ZAPPA-cover band.Entering the 00's we find the same band carrying the name FROGG CAFE and having added James Guarnieri on percussion.In 2001 the band recorded their first eponymous album,released then as a private press (in 2004 it was re-released by ProgRock Records).

Their style is very complicated yet accesible at the same time,drawing influences from progressive rock,jazz,avant-garde music and even country.The album features tons of driving electric violin parts of extremely high quality,reminding MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA at the darker moments or DIXIE DREGS at the more up-tempo passages.By the presence of nice trumpet improvisations FRANK ZAPPA's innovative music comes to mind with his avant-garde atmosphere.Vocals are added where they should be,delivering obsure harmonies in the vein of GENTLE GIANT,but there are also plenty of melodic guitars and pleasant organ throughout to make this effort quite acceptable and not overly complex.Highlight of the album can't be anything else than the superb interplays between keys,guitars,violin and trumpets,as well as the soft and carefully-added percussion work...and FROGG CAFE prooved from their first ever release to be a band with great talent,potential and personality.Recommended for its pure progressive apporoach to all fans of open-minded music!

apps79 | 3/5 |


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