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3.05 | 6 ratings

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The Gordon Giltrap Band here consisted of Gordon Giltrap (of course) on acoustic and electric guitars, Rod Edwards on keyboards, Bimbo Acock on saxophone and flute, Chas Cronk (of Strawbs fame) on bass guitar, and Clive Bunker (of Jethro Tull fame) on drums. The music is entirely instrumental, which is the norm for Giltrap. But, as already hinted, it is not entirely acoustic as most of his subsequent albums. This album belongs to Giltrap's progressive period, which began with 1976's Visionary. But the present album is more Jazz-Rock/Fusion- oriented than Giltrap's most famous trio of albums - Visionary, Perilous Journey, and Fear Of The Dark. This jazzier direction was begun on the previous The Peacock Party.

The musicians involved are all very skilled and the album is of a high sonic quality. The keyboard sounds are varied and there is a good balance between electric and acoustic numbers. Flutes add colour to the overall sound as well, but the saxophone makes some passages a bit slick. The end result is an enjoyable listen, but it fails to leave any lasting impression on me. The compositions are decent, but not very memorable.

Still, Airwaves belong among Giltrap's more interesting recordings

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