Light — The Story of Moses
(Estrella Rockera 42129, 1972/2006, CD)
by Roel Steverink, Published 2007-03-01This album sprouts directly from the treasure trove of Dutch prog rock, although it took a Spanish label to finally release it on CD. The music is inspired by the great classic composer Bach, but in contrast with bands like Ekseption (for example) they don't copy a famous piece of work but instead create their own compositions. Light not only plays classical, they do rock. A whole bunch of instruments are being used besides an impressive array of keyboards, acoustic guitar, bass, sax, flute and drums that make up their complex sound. Extensive improvisation on guitar and organ in "The Blackberry Bushes" kicks this band into action. They can also do a totally unexpected switch from classical to jazz. Nothing spectacular, but more a thoroughly well made and played, very enjoyable lyrical prog rock. The master tape must have been lost or the Spanish couldn't get their hands on it, because this is a transfer from a good sounding LP. A welcome re-release.
Related artist(s): Light (1)
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more