Exposé Online banner

Morpheus — Restless Dreams
(Garden of Delights 183, 2017, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-04-23

Restless Dreams Cover art

Who would have thought after all these years, but the band, which essentially began life as Opossum in 1971, is still alive and kicking (and I mean kicking!) today some 45+ years later. Opossum was a six-piece from Warburg who recorded an excellent set Bears Banquet in 1974 which never daw releae until the Garden of Delights CD in 2003. Even at this early stage they were a masterful group of musicians mining the jazz-rock idiom. Opossum split, but four of its members eventually came back together to form Morpheus: bassist and flutist Peter Blömeke (who hd played in Mythos in the interim), drummer Alfred Franke, Gerald Adler on guitar and Heinrich Holtgreve on alto saxophone, and wasted no time recording their first self-released LP Rabenteur in 1976. The band split in 1977 to pursue different interests, Franke and Holtgreve moved away, but they remained musically active. The band reunited in 2001, with Colombian drummer Alvaro “Chevere” Tarquino (who had played with Paco De Lucia, among others) replacing Franke who opted out due to the distance, and recorded a new album For A Second, released in 2002, with Adler composing most of the pieces. The band has remained active in all the years since, initially recording a couple live-in-the-studio download releases Life Takes Its Toll and Life Takes Another Toll, then following that up with the instrumental studio album at hand, Restless Dreams. Opening with “Charming Faces,” a slower piece with a grand melodic stance, they quickly move to the fifteen-plus minute epic “Too Much of (Anything Goes)” which grooves along at a faster pace, with many detours and sidetracks along the way. One might be reminded of Kraan during their Andy Nogger period, given the swinging funky jazz groove with leading sax, in fact that comparison might be noted on several of the other eight tracks here as well. Other points of reference might be Aera or even Missus Beastly, but with a very updated perspective. “Breitmaulfrosch’s Return” dials up the funk a few notches while an angular lead melody and soe great improvisation propel the piece forward over its ten minute duration. With “Coco Tree” the band brings in guest sax player Dennis Knitterscheidt for a another powerful romp in solid fusion territory. All taken, this is an outstanding release, a must have for any fans of funky melodic jazz-rock.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Morpheus

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Alquimia & Jose Luis Fernandez Ledesma - Dead Tongues – Alquimia is a vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has three previous albums to her credit in the pre-hispanic/new electronic music area, while Fernandez Ledesma is the de-facto leader of...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues