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Aka Moon: Invisible Sun

There's probably no progressive rock band going today that comes closer to pure jazz then Belgium's Aka Moon. Not only do these guys play music that is extremely avant-garde yet at the same time accessible, their music manages to have plenty of groove and melody to go along with their off-kilter and complex arrangements. Invisible Sun is sort of a companion piece to Invisible Moon, and both are prime examples of daring and adventurous music that will appeal to both the prog and jazz crowd.

Who can resist the symphonic, big-band sounds of "Eclipse", featuring a wonderful horn section and the nimble piano stylings of Fabian Fiorini? The band goes for some otherworldly searching on the melodic "Cosmic Duke", and swings a furious mix of hard bop and avant-prog on the near nine minute "Tchen", a song that has plenty of wild sax, trombone, trumpet, and clarinet lines. Without a guitar in sight, the band manages to get lean and mean throughout this CD, weaving their dark yet sophisiticated magic that always takes you on a mysterious and classy journey. An interesting treat is the meditative church organ on the atmospheric "Offering", which adds a nice effect to one of the albums least jazzy numbers.

This is an intoxicating and addicting CD, from one of the most professional and classy bands around. If your tastes in the prog rock genre strays more towards the jazz side of things, I urge you to check out the catalog of Aka Moon.

Track Listing
01. Spiritualisation (K'ien)
02. Alchimie - Part 1
03. K'an
04. Eclipse
05. Alchimie - Part 2
06. Cosmic Duke
07. Tchen
08. Invisible Father
09. Alchimie - Part 3
10. Li
11. Offering
12. Peace

Added: April 10th 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Carbon 7 Records
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Language: english

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