Exposé Online banner

Moksha — Here to Go
((Not on label) no#, 2011, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

Here to Go Cover artA surprisingly superb second release from this Las Vegas based quintet (g,b,d,k,voc), finding a musical home somewhere between rock, funk and jazz, with some solid bluesy and progressive elements in the mix. Lead vocalist Sam Lemos is the band's focal point, a powerful singer with a strong bluesy persona, but a couple of the other members get a chance to sing lead also, track depending. The basic band is augmented by a four-piece horn section on many of the tracks, upping the funk factor to a headcount of nine. They cover a lot of territory over the album's twelve cuts, with some cutting towards a jazzy sort of Allman Brothers type sound, others in a more grooving funk style, some spirited psychedelic jams, laid-back songs with a powerful drive, solid progressive elements, and all points between and beyond. The unifying factors are strong melodics, a powerful groove, and high-octane musicianship throughout. The band is just as comfortable supporting the singers as they are on several great instrumental flights, and there's enough of everything here that the band is always going somewhere new with every song – it's one of those albums that keeps surprising with new revelations at every spin.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): Moksha

Latest news

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
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

2018-07-09
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

2018-07-01
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

2018-06-25
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


Previously in Exposé...

Aquelarre - Brumas – South American reissues usually happen without too much fanfare, and such is the case with this, one of several albums by the 70s Argentinian band Aquelarre - yet this is one that definitely should...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues