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Sancious, David: Forest of Feelings

Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jon Anderson, Stanley Clarke and the list goes on. David Sancious was an original member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, and played/toured on their first three releases. He has recorded and toured with many of the greats (as you can see in the list above), and has always been in demand.

Forest of Feelings is David’s first solo album released in 1975, and this belongs up there with the best fusion of the era. Sancious’ piano playing is stellar, adding organ and synthesizers to create his blend of Progressive and Fusion music, with touches of classical and jazz sprinkled throughout. This is all instrumental, and features Ernest & James Carter on drums, Gerald Carboy on bass, and was produced by Billy Cobham. Sancious not only shows his chops as a player, but as a writer and composer. If you are looking for a Progressive epic, look no further than the opening “Suite Cassandra” to take you on a journey. There are touches of ELP and classical influences to be found, but David is in a league all his own. Do you want to get funky? “Come On If You Feel Up To It” will satisfy you, and maybe even surprise you. Sancious proves himself to be just as capable on guitar, no wonder everyone wants this guy in their band. His piano takes center stage on the beautiful tracks “Joyce #8” and the closing “Promise of Light”. The title track reminds me of something you might hear from Mahavishnu Orchestra or Return to Forever, a fiery fusion track that ranks up there with those classic bands. Another killer track, “Crystal Image” again lights up the sky with a piano based fusion excursion.

I love discovering new music, and have to thank both Peter Pardo for inviting me to participate on Sea of Tranquility’s YouTube program “Album Homework Assignment” with Sean Tonar, who also must be thanked for assigning me this wonderful album. I don’t know if I would have discovered Sancious’ music otherwise, so for that I am grateful. If you love instrumental Fusion and Progressive Rock, I cannot recommend this album highly enough.

Track Listing

  1. Suite Cassandra
  2. Come On If You Feel Up To It
  3. East India
  4. Dixie
  5. The Forest of Feelings
  6. Joyce #8
  7. Crystal Image
  8. One Time
  9. Further In The Forest Of Feelings
  10. Promise of Light

Added: January 23rd 2022
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Artist Website
Hits: 440
Language: english

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Sancious, David: Forest of Feelings
Posted by Arnaud B on 2022-01-29 20:52:32
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Forest of Feelings is one of the hidden gems of the jazz-fusion genre.
David Sancious also release other great records with (or without) his band Tone such as Transformation (76), Dance of the Age of Enlightenment (77), True Stories (78) and Just as I Thought* (79).

Thanks for the review, Eric!

*produced by Eddie Offord.

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