Sunday, 26 June 2016
Mindflowers - Nuances (2005)
The second and final album from this Hungarian band.
The band was a four piece band with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. Yes, all the music is instrumental.
Their 2002 album Improgressive created a bit of a stirr in the European jazz and prog scene. So much was expected from the band.
Mindflowers is very much somewhere in the landscape between progressive rock and jazz. A lot more towards jazz, though. Fusion, you may say. No !
To a large degree, this is not fusion. The jazz is so ingrained here with the jazzy drums and bass. Add the jazzy guitars and keyboards too. The band sometimes wanders into symphonic prog territory. But they are not making many stops in the fusion territory. Or perhaps.... this is fusion ? I am not sure.
The guitars and piano solos is really good and the music is very dynamic, most of the time. Which is very good in my books.
I guess Return To Forever is a good reference on this very long album. Seventy minutes is long. Perhaps too long. So you get a lot of value for your money here.
The music is not that good all the time. But the overall quality is good, though. I am not a big fan of this album. But jazz and fusion fans must check out this album.