Exposé Online banner

IZZ — I Move
(Doone DR2-669563, 2002, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2002-09-01

I Move Cover artProgressive rock fans seem to be split into two distinct camps when it comes to this kind of prog. IZZ operate in the same general area as Spock’s Beard – a rather poppish modern take on some traditional idioms – so most listeners will probably have a bias one way or they other to them. I’ve enjoyed listening to this CD quite a bit, and hope IZZ can get some respect in the world. Many of the trappings of contemporary pop are present here – rhythm loops, samples, vocal processing, sequences, and so on, but they are integrated into a complex stew that includes polyphonic arrangements, multipart compositions, and flashy playing. Tom Galgano, on keyboards and vocals, is generally dominant, with some excellent piano work and a few spots to shine on synth and organ. Guitarist Paul Bremner provides solid rhythms and some good solos, utilizing a variety of techniques and effects, sometimes a little reminiscent of Steve Hackett, but rocking harder in a number of places. The other members acquit themselves well too. I’ve already mentioned the mixture of electronic and acoustic drums, percussion, and programming provided by Brian Coralian, who is augmented by Greg DiMiceli on percussion. John Galgano rounds out the lineup on bass, guitars, and vocals, and plays equally well on Squire-like hard-picked bass and heavier fuzz. IZZ manage to bridge the gap between groove-based music and varying sections, not an easy task. That being said, I still wish they’d come up with a better name.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 25, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): IZZ

Latest news

2017-02-20
Larry Coryell RIP – One of the greats of jazz guitar has left us at the age of 73. Larry Coryell was one of the founding figures of jazz fusion, but produced a significant body of work the bridged many styles. His group Eleventh House provided a unique take on the combination of jazz and rock that was distinct from contemporaries such as Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Weather Report. » Read more

2017-01-31
John Wetton RIP – After a long battle with colon cancer, singer and bassist John Wetton has died at the age of 67. As an integral member of such bands as King Crimson, UK, and Asia, his was one of the distinctive voices in progressive rock, lending a human touch to often difficult music. » Read more

2017-01-30
Seaprog Announces First Artists for 2017 – The organizers of the Seaprog Festival in Seattle have announced the first set of confirmed performers for the 2017 festival. The best known names are Cabezas de Cera and Jack o' the Clock, but a host of other bands are featured, mostly from the Northwest. The festival will take place June 2-4, 2017. » Read more

2017-01-27
Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Announces Eclectic Lineup – The Acoustic Festival of Britain has been going since 2006, and this year's event sees a number of outstanding artists on the bill. Fairport Convention, Tir na nOg, and Martin Turner are some of the artists we've covered, and there are many more, including The Men They Couldn't Hang, Howard Jones, Chantel McGregor, and many more. The festival runs June 2-4, 2017 at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire. » Read more

2017-01-26
Butch Trucks RIP – Butch Trucks was one of two drummers in the first incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, helping the band achieve its legendary status as an American original. He died on January 24, 2017 of a self-inflicted gunshot would. He was 69. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Magma - Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré – Listening to the new Magma album is kind of like visiting an old town you used to live in thirty years ago. As you walk around you see some of the old landmarks you used to know, but there are many...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues