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Flat 122


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.52 | 10 ratings

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3 stars Debut album of Japanese (power) fusion (?) trio. Strongly influenced by neo-classical music (especially keyboards).

I like this album as quite rare example of modern Japanese prog or related music, which is different from mellow smooth fusion from one side and brutal noisy hardcore avant from the other. Guitar line is still quite Japanese school - fast sharp and quite brutally emotionless. Keyboards/electric piano sound is different - with European neo-classic influence.

In fact, this album's music is not pure jazz fusion, but fusion in wide sense - jazz fusion based progressive mix with neo-classic and avnt-garde elements. On some (best) compositions musicians play great fast, technically complex guitar-led fusion. Other (not so good) compositions are just more chamber music. As a result album is quite eclectic and a bit bulky.

Still interesting work with few great compositions, but in all only average release.

snobb | 3/5 |


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