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Graves, Cameron: Live From The Seven Spheres

High energy fusion from Cameron Graves and his world class band. The 7 track digital only release features songs from Graves’ two studio albums Planetary Prince and Seven. Anyone who thinks a piano can’t rock only needs to listen once and be converted. Graves nimble fingers dance all over the keys, and in combinations with fiery guitarist Colin Cook you are immediately immersed in heavy fusion heaven. The opening “Sacred Spheres” wastes no time in setting the fast pace for the show, while “Planetary Prince” has Graves playing a more traditional jazz piano as Cook cooks (sorry, couldn’t resist) over the top, the playing on this will take your breath away. Bassist Max Gerl and drummer Mike Mitchell also deserve high praise; this is a tight, intricate, and rocking rhythm section. A number of tracks such as “Red”, “The Life Carriers”, and “Mansion Worlds” barely hit the three minute mark, but explode with energy and intensity, and maybe they just need to catch their collective breath after such workouts. The 23 minute “The End Of Corporatism” ends the show, filled with memorable melodies and plenty of dazzling displays of virtuosity, it leaves you wanting more. Each member gets time in the spotlight in this extravaganza, an amazing closer.

What is most impressive is how the music maintains a melodic foundation; these are well written and memorable compositions. There is not a track amongst the seven that doesn’t knock my socks off; I am blown away with every listen. Check out YouTube for some live performances from Cameron Graves and band, your eyes and ears will be dazzled. This will easily make my best of list for 2022, and we are only in April, so that should be a clear indication of how good this amazing this band is live.

Track List:

  1. Sacred Spheres
  2. Planetary Prince
  3. Sons of Creation
  4. Red
  5. The Life Carriers
  6. Mansion Worlds
  7. The End of Corporatism

Added: April 24th 2022
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Artist Website
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Language: english

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