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Mumpbeak – Tooth – RareNoise

Mumpbeak – Tooth – RareNoise

Mumpbeak – Tooth [TrackList follows] – RareNoise RNR078, 41:43 [5/26/17] ****: Is it jazz? Is it progressive rock? It’s definitely Mumpbeak. (Roy Powell – Hohner clavinet, Moog Little Phatty, Hammond organ, tubular bells; Lorenzo Feliciati – bass; Torstein Lofthus – drums) What’s a Mumpbeak? Despite the title, it’s not some fantastical bird. Mumpbeak is the Oslo, Norway-based prog-rock/jazz fusion instrumental power trio led by keyboardist Roy Powell with bassist Lorenzo Feliciati and newest member, drummer Torstein Lofthus. Feliciati has issued solo projects; Powell and Feliciati are in jazz-rock ensemble Naked Truth; Powell is also in the genre-defying trio Interstatic; and Lofthus drums for avant-garde group Shining and the psychedelic prog-rock/jazz trio Elephant 9. Mumpbeak crafts a kind of niche music, which blends classic progressive rock akin to Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Van Der Graaf Generator alongside forays into jazz comparable to Miles Davis’ early ‘70s material. Mumpbeak’s 41-minute sophomore release, Tooth, was issued as a CD Digipak, a limited-edition single blue vinyl LP (2×180 grams) and a digital download album. This review refers to the CD version. Roy Powell Powell favors a heavily-effected, guitar-sounding clavinet. “I play a stock Hohner E7 clavinet into a series of guitar effects pedals […]

Yes – Symphonic Live, Blu-ray

Yes – Symphonic Live, Blu-ray

Yes – Symphonic Live, Blu-ray Studio: Eagle Vision Entertainment EE333829 Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 1080i HD color Audio: DTS HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo Extras: “Dreamtime Documentary;”  “Don’t Go” video Length: 194 minutes Rating:  Sound **   Video  **** The band was formed in 1968 and has gone through multiple lineups of members. The concert was recorded in 2002 in Amsterdam, Holland. They play with the European Festival Orchestra under the wand of Wilhelm Keitel. They are considered a progressive rock group with leanings toward psychedelic sound. To me it sort of leans to a new age sound. They are known for their musical playing and their harmonies.  Most of their hits are performed on this album, of which I’ve only heard a couple of the songs before. I looked them up on allmusic.com and was surprised by how many albums they have charted. They have 5 Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Top 200 list over the years. The reason that they are probably not that well known is that they have only had one top ten hit. They do have a very loyal following of fans. The song I like the best is “I’ve Seen All The […]