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Soh Band — No Problem at All
(Chitei B-6F, 1996, CD)

by Rob Walker, Published 1997-02-01

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Soh Band is a Japanese quintet who play the familiar variety of eclectic fusion native to their country. With a sound at times not unlike fellow countrymen Il Berlione, they mix a bit of straight-ahead fusion with a variety of usurped styles and a tightness and manic energy unique to Japanese prog. The lineup of guitar, synth, bass, drums, and a variety of woodwinds takes a good-natured romp through the nine tracks on this disc, delighting in abrupt changes in style or feel, and throwing in bits and pieces of every musical idiom they can get their hands on. RIO, Zeuhl, noise, swing jazz, rock, and much more are juxtaposed in an often drastic and always humorous manner. Through it all there are some fine woodwind and synth solos, and excellent playing all around. Another outstanding and idiosyncratic Japanese release, No Problem at All contains some extremely entertaining music and is a must-listen for all fans of Japanese prog.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

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