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3 stars Volare were formed in February 1994 in Athens,Georgia,USA by three students, Patrick Strawser on keyboards,Norwegian bassist Jon-Fredrik Nielsen and Steve Hatch on guitars along with drummer Brian Donohoe.The next year Nielsen leaves the band to be replaced by Dave Denkman and cellist Rob Sutherland.After many months full of rehearsals and gigs,Dave and Rob quit and new bassist Richard Kesler enters the scene.The new Volare quartet records a 5-track demo-tape in 1996,receiving good critics,followed by the recordings of their debut with the scientific title ''The Uncertainty Principle''.This saw the light in 1997 on Laser's Edge.

Following the unique lines of HAPPY THE MAN,the delicacy of RETURN TO FOREVER and the Canterbury craziness of NATIONAL HEALTH,HATFIELD AND THE NORTH or even Dutch SUPERSISTER and compatriots HOWEVER,Volare present a modern mix of Canterbury-sounding Fusion style,full of shifting moods, sudden breaks, slick melodies and flexible passages.With some heavy use of electric piano,distinctive synth parts and frenetic guitar work,the quartet draws the line between the Canterbury-Prog complexity,where interplays follow one another, and the all-time classic Jazz-Fusion style with its numerous breaks and light improvised sections.Rich compositions played with talent but also with a slight modern edge,mainly in a fast tempo,where the members can emerge both as pieces of a band as well as individual leaders.The later tracks of the album have sort of a light Avant vibe, a few of them have also a hardly detected symphonic twist, while guitarist Steve Hatch often recalls ROBERT FRIPP's complex guitar tabs at moments with some fiery and heavy guitar work.

Nothing very original or ground-breaking,but all compositions are definitely at a high level and will fill your time with many great listening moments.Anyone along the lines of Canterbury- Prog,Fusion or any fan of the aforementioned bands should approach without hesitation.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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