This latest release from the Russian progressive rock band knows as Roz Vitalis is a live album comprised of performances from Saint-Petersburg in late 2016. Featuring the complete line-up that includes keyboards, trumpet, flute and low whistle, guitars, bass, and drums, Roz Vitalis play a selection of songs here that encompass both old and new material, with a few tracks that have yet to appear on any studio albums. Led as always by founder & keyboard player Ivan Rozmainsky, the band guide the audience through some truly melodic moments that blend classic progressive rock with bits of jazz and folk. Vladislav Korotkikh's flute is ever present, and when paired up with Alexey Gorshkov's trumpet, it gives some of these songs an almost Camel-meets-Miles Davis feel, which is very unique and quite enjoyable. "The Hidden Man of the Heart" is simply gorgeous, while the atmospheric "Restore Unto Me the Joy" will instantly remind listeners of Ian Anderson's eclectic solo work. "Ascension Dream" is a quirky piece that shows the bands jazzy tendencies, while their adventurous prog side comes out on exciting tracks like "Passing Over", "Lavoro d'Amore", and the extended romp "Se Camminiamo Nella Luce (Excerpt) / Thou Shalt Tread Upon The Lion And Adder".
If you like your progressive rock with more than a healthy touch of jazz, this expertly recorded live album from Roz Vitalis will surely fit the bill, and for existing fans this is a great stopgap to hold you over till the bands next studio release.
Lavoro d'Amore 04:48
The Hidden Man Of The Heart 05:28
Restore Unto Me The Joy 02:07
Ascension Dream 04:02
Mother Of All Rain 04:14
Passing Over 06:57
Passing Interlude 04:04
Se Camminiamo Nella Luce (Excerpt) / Thou Shalt Tread Upon The Lion And Adder 08:28