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Ken Baird


Crossover Prog

3.68 | 8 ratings

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4 stars A great Canadian talent, Ken Baird usually composes his music residing in Dundas, Ontario.He had been a member of several small bands as a youngster, mainly playing keyboards, and has recorded some 200 cassettes and mini-albums between 1986 and 1996.Around the time he also started giving music lessons and decided to launch a first indepedent CD of his music, recorded during August 96', eventually entitled ''August''.In the album Baird performs all keys, guitars, drums, wind and ethnic instruments and also sings, helped only by female vocalist Sue Fraser.

The short OLDFIELD-ian introduction is beautiful, built around Baird's classical guitar and having a strong Celtic influence, while the long ''Trio'' gives an ideas of this man's unique talent.A great mix of Symphonic/New Age Music, Celtic Folk and Electronic Prog with superb work on keyboards, lovely flute themes and elegant acoustic moments.''Evening'' is a delicate piano tune with female choirs, background synths and an electronic vibe towards the end.In ''Song of Summer'' the OLDFIELD-ian influence becomes even more apparent.The only true vocal track of the album is another dreamy effort by Ken Baird, based on Celtic-influenced melodies with piano and flutes in the forefront and excellent both male and female vocals.The eponymous all instrumental 20-min. epic experience left me completely speechless, having a hard time to believe than one person composed such a fascinating suite.''August'' opens with the typical Celtic-influenced style of Baird's previous tunes, before exploding into a bombastic RICK WAKEMAN-ish Electronic/Symphonic Rock monument with unbelievable synth flights and flashy solos all over the place.The rest of the track is intricate Electronic/Celtic Prog Folk, with the music alternating between ethereal folky melodies and synth-based symphonic textures with comfort and confindence.

Fantastic debut with series of high-quality music themes.Highly recommended to all fans of instrumental Prog and especially those deep into MIKE OLDFIELD, STEPHAN CAUDEL or COLIN MASSON.

apps79 | 4/5 |


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