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Jean Cohen-Solal



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Well if your into the flute (and who isn't really) you will love this album. After all the title of this album means "Free Flutes". Jean Cohen-Solal won many international awards for his playing back in the late sixties and early seventies, and has taught flute for many years as well. Obviously being into Progressive Rock i've heard my share of flautists over the years but I have never heard anything like this. It's interesting that this album is listed under Rio / Avant as well, mind you it is quite experimental at times.

"Concerto Cyclique" builds to a catchy sound before a minute with the flute playing over top. A change 2 1/2 minutes in as we get cymbals only then other sounds start to come and go as the cymbals continue. Some crazy sounding flute at times here. Another change 5 minutes in as a catchy rhythm takes over. Organ too and of course flute. Just a great sound here. "Raga Du Matin" is mostly sitar, tablas and flute in this Raga influenced track.

"Matiere" is a short piece with mostly flute expressions and percussion. "Quelquun" is the over 17 minute side long suite to close out the record. A haunting start and man you better get used to it. Flute, percussion and organ and more standout here. A fuller sound after 3 minutes and it's still haunitng. Check out the eerie flute after 6 minutes. So cool. Some suspense around 8 1/2 minutes then it settles back to that haunting mode the rest of the way.

This is just one of those albums that is different and interesting enough to make you feel like you have discovered something very special. Easily 4 stars for this 1971 release.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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