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Aadal — Silver
(Apollon Records ARP030, 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-06-27

Silver Cover art

Silver is the debut release by the Norwegian quartet Aadal. This instrumental band plays an amalgamation of progressive jazz fusion, progressive pop, and romantic progressive music. Band members Michael Aadal (guitar), André Kassen (saxophone), Audun Ram (double bass), and Gunnar Sætern (drums) play some tasty tunes with the sax lending an urban feel to many of their sonic soundscapes. Thankfully André is no Kenny G, otherwise this album would not even be on our radar. André ’s sax and Aadal’s melodic guitar propel the music. Plus there is a brief drum solo in the album closer, “The Canyon,” that transitions from pastoral jazz to energetic fusion. Silver is a pleasant listening experience, be it the bucolic “Telegram,” the raw and raucous “Dusty,” or the prog fusion opener “Looking Back.” If you are looking for some intelligent and intriguing instrumental rock, then Aadal may be just what you need.

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