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SELLES 0182 (Barcode: 5908260401825) ~ POLAND ~ Jazz-Rock Fusion

Recorded: 1999 Released: 2000

This is the debut album by Polish Jazz drummer / composer Cezary KonradFind albums by this artist, one of Poland´s top drummers since many years, recorded with a core trio consisting of himself, bassist Piotr ZaczekFind albums by this artist and guitarist Darek KrupaFind albums by this artist, which is extended by additional players up to a quintet on some tracks with the addition of saxophonist Marek PodkowaFind albums by this artist and two keyboardists: Zbigniew JakubekFind albums by this artist and Leszek MozdzerFind albums by this artist. The album includes nine original compositions, all by Konrad.

Most of the music on this album is closely associated with Jazz-Rock Fusion, obviously influenced by the work of Allan HoldsworthFind albums by this artist and his groups. The electric fretless bass and synthesizers and of course the sound of the guitar imitate almost exactly the sound of European Fusion popular during the 1990s. The compositions are all quite interesting, with nice melodic themes and interesting harmonic approach, but overall the music is not remarkable enough to leave a deep impression, certainly not leaving a lasting impression.

The personal contributions are all quite excellent, with all the participants obviously being highly skilled musicians. There are some impressive solos and the overall level of playing is certainly satisfactory. Surprisingly the highlight of the album is the acoustic piano performance by Mozdzer on the only track, which is actually not a Fusion piece.

In retrospect, the album definitely sounded better at the time of its recording than now and does not withstand the tides of time well. This is unfortunately the fate of most Fusion albums, which proved to be mostly repetitive and derivative, with a very few exceptions.
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