Exposé Online banner

The Bongolian — Moog Maximus
(Blow Up BU102CD, 2016, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-09-06

Moog Maximus Cover art

Reviewing for Exposé sometimes brings odd music my way. The latest is Moog Maximus by The Bongolian aka The Big Boss aka Nasser Bouzida. Moog Maximus is his fifth album as The Bongolian and it continues his musical quest taking the listener on a fractured time journey starting in his vision of ancient Rome or possibly the movie set for Westworld. Armed with his bank of vintage synthesizers, bongos, and heavy grooves, The Bongolian treats us to a vast array of funk, soul, Hammond beat, jazz, and sci fi boogaloo across the twelve four to five minute tracks. These sound like great dance tracks for a party, but for sheer listening pleasure I cannot imagine listening to this album more then once or twice, unless there is a long time between. Sometimes it sounds like soundtrack music for 60s epic productions or spy films, other times it could be roller rink music, an alternative sound track for Miami Vice, or an undiscovered Booker T and the MGs' track. I am not sure how this all fits into the Exposé world, but it could appeal to some. If interested you can find out more at the site below.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): The Bongolian (Nasser Bouzida)

More info
http://bongolian.com

Latest news

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

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ron E. Carter - Play Hendrix – Covering the Jimi Hendrix catalogue requires skill as well as thought about which arrangements to interpret and which ones not to disturb. Stevie Ray Vaughn’s cover of “Voodoo Chile -...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues