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Moraz Alban Project: MAP

For those familiar with the history of progressive rock, the career of Patrick Moraz should be well known. The famous keyboardist became a member of Yes in 1974 and played on the iconic Relayer album. He was also a member of The Moody Blues from 1980 to 1991.

Drummer Greg Alban might not be as well-known but he is a great musician in his own right and became friends with Moraz after playing on his solo album Timecode released in 1984.

MAP is the duo's first album.

MAP presents a smorgasbord of sounds sand styles ranging from fusion to world to pop to rock with immaculate musicianship and great production. Sometimes proggy, sometimes jazzy and always easy to listen to. Of course it isn't just about Moraz and Alban as they do have help in the form of Lenny Castro (percussion), John Avila (electric bass), Dave VanSuch (tenor sax), Matt Malley (slide electric sitar) and Patrick Perrier (electric bass).

It should come as no surprise that this is a keyboard heavy album and Moraz is fantastic all over the disc. Whether he goes for a more atmospheric sound as in the proggy world music of "Mumbai-Mantra" or for scintillating acrobatics like the jazzy and complex "Jazz In The Night", his keyboarding skills are second to none. Alban also makes his presence felt showing he is indeed a world class drummer. His playing in the drum heavy "The Drums Also Solo" and the up-tempo "Alien Intelligence" is exceptional. That said, one my favourite tracks features no solos at all. The atmospheric and spacey "Alien Species" is a slower piece that takes time to settle in featuring only Albna's cymbals and Moraz's moody keyboard soundscapes. Another highlight is the jazz inflected pop of "Canyon Afternoon" where the saxophone of VanSuch adds a warmth feel to the overall electronic sound.

Anyone who appreciates keyboard led instrumental music will likely want to get their hands on this one. Moraz and Alban are certainly masters of their craft so what's not to like? Check out more information on the link below.

Track Listing:
1. Jungle Aliens (5:37)
2. Strictly Organic (5:19)
3. Canyon Afternoon (4:33)
4. Jazz In The Night (3:53)
5. The Drums Also Solo (4:31)
6. The Real Feel (5:50)
7. Alien Intelligence (5:07)
8. Mumbai-Mantra (6:08)
9. Alien Species (5:39)

Added: September 29th 2015
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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