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Azigza — Azigza
((Not on label) no#, 2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-01-28

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When Progfest moved to San Francisco in the year 2000 and slightly changed its name, it was like plenty of other festivals where I went to see some of the bands and really didn't want to sit through some of the others. I'd gone with my brother and since the festival had in and out privileges, we had decided to spent our time doing other things, seeing a movie, watching some of the NBA finals (this was the year of that great Knicks/Pacers series) and going out to eat. The delays at this festival were massive, often an hour or two in between bands. I can't remember what day or at one point we came in from outside but there was this amazing band playing the foyer I'd never heard of playing a style of music that fell among Gong-like space rock, psychedelic and progressive rock with a truly dizzying array of instrumentation and percussion. I was completely mesmerized by the band and picked up their debut album as soon as it was released, which led to interviewing the group and finding out what a really nice group of people they were. They followed up this album with one more and seemingly disappeared off the face of the map. But they left true works of art behind with both and especially this masterpiece. Amazingly it's still quite available and not for a lot of money either.


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