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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.26 | 255 ratings

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Well what else could I add to all these praising reviews here? As said already this album is like their debut (that I still have to get) only available on vinyl but I was lucky to find a copy by download. Before I only knew the two albums following after which were very good as well but "Les Porches" tops those ones by any means. And unlike on their later records the music here reveals a considerable portion of classical compositions. The record consists of two long pieces each subdivided into five movements plus one shorter track on each side, the final one in two parts. My favourite is the " Les porches de Notre-Dame" - suite but actually it's really hard to say since the record in its whole is just awesome. Both composition and musicianship are absolutely top notch. Fantastic flute, piano, trombone and saxophone playing! The instrumentation is really extremely versatile and there's also the only track with vocals I've ever heard from them.

Comparisons are really hard to be drawn to this great record, possibly a little bit to "Clearlight Symphony" with more Jazz input. I just can recommend it to anyone who likes to listen to really excellent and wonderful sophisticated music no matter which particular style he/she usually prefers. There are very few other records that really deserve the full score!

hdfisch | 5/5 |


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