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Odd Get Even, The: Oddio

The Odd Get Even is an American fusion duo consisting of Bill Cornish (keyboards, seaboard, voice, assorted noisemakers) and Bill Ray (drums). Guest guitarist Bruce Williams appears on one track. I first became familiar with the band after reviewing their debut self-titled effort released in 2009. I also reviewed their 2014 release Happy Critters. The band recently released their fourth album titled Oddio.

The duo continues their brand of jazz rock and funky sounds, creating another melodic and smooth sounding fusion album. A funky beat underlies the catchy "A Spanish Rose by Any Other Name". The tempo is upbeat with melodic keyboard soloing all over the place. The electric piano chords in "Return to Babylon" have a Steely Dan vibe and guest guitarist Bruce Williams adds lightly hued background guitar giving depth to the soundscape. Keyboard and guitar solos follow suit. "Terminal Velociraptor" boasts a heavy funky groove whereas a lighter touch is displayed on the catchy "Floating in Space" as well as on the lovely "Anthem" with the smooth keyboard solos soaring to new heights. "Red Dragon" ends the disc on a heavier note as the drums and keyboards really get a workout before a delicate and softer touch is displayed half way through.

Fans of melodic fusion with a heavy emphasis on keyboards will probably want to check this out.

Track Listing:
1. A Spanish Rose by Any Other Name
2. Return to Babylon
3. Terminal Velociraptor
4. Floating in Space
5. Midnight on an Open Highway
6. Coast to Coast
7. Anthem
8. Tripping the Light Fantastic
9. Noises in My Head
10. Bi-Polar Vortex
11. Red Dragon

Added: March 17th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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Odd Get Even, The: Oddio
Posted by Bill Ray Drums on 2018-03-22 09:46:05
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Thanks for the awesome review as always! One thing I would like to express is the fact that these tunes begin as improvised "drum solos" and then Bill Cornish adds Melody after the fact.

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