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4 stars Colosseum's , early British jazz-rock band, debut album. Recorded in late 60-s, this music has its roots in very different from US competitors soil. Based on Graham Bond Organization and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers ' participated musicians, this album is excellent mix of blue-eyed r'n'b, British blues and jazz.

Compositions are mostly of bluesy structure (and some songs are still just blues as well), all melodic, energetic and catchy. All musicians are great, and saxman Dick Heckstall-Smith shows his best there! Unique balance between jazz-rock drumming, jazzy brass and r'n'b keyboards bring this music at the highest positions of early jazz-rock."Ides of March ", based on JS Bach's chords, sounds as medley between Bach and Procol Harum's "A whiter shade of pale " ! Combination of organ and sax gave the band their characteristic signature. No fillers on the album at all!

Different from American early jazz fusion , this band's debut is British early jazz-rock classics. Really recommended!

My rating 4+

snobb | 4/5 |


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