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Martin Orford



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Squire Jaco
4 stars O.K., it's not great, but it's pretty durn good. The musicianship is high - it comes from groups like IQ, Arena, Pallas, Jadis, Asia and Spock's Beard. The music itself is not necessarily as challenging or intricate as some of the great progressive stuff from other bands over the years, but it's melodic, well-played, intelligent and...well, enjoyable!

This is Orford's show, and he's a great keyboard talent as well as songwriter. He's also not a bad vocalist. (He uses a few other guests on vocals too, and they're all very good.) Most songs feature layers of keyboards, rhythm and lead guitars, bass, drums, violin and more - there is a lot of depth and texture to this music, and it all works together seamlessly (despite the variety of different band members assembled here). Thoughtful lyrics.

Out of the 58 minutes of music on this cd, I want to point out one song in particular: track #2 is the 6-minute instrumental called "Power and Speed". It's one of those great driving songs that makes you want to move and groove. An infectious bass line and powerful drumming from the SB rhythm section gives rein to some great guitar and keyboard solos. The first time I heard it, I was literally dancing in my living room and wishing that I had my bass guitar strapped on. (Rectified upon subsequent listenings!)

If you're an IQ or neo-prog fan, you'll be elated with this cd. 3-1/2 stars

Squire Jaco | 4/5 |


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