Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Theo - The Game Of Ouroboros (2014)
The debut album from this US band.
Theo is a quartet with a lineup of bass, drums, Chapman stick, guitars, piano, synths, percussions and vocals. They are helped out by some extra guitars on a couple of tracks.
Theo is four well established jazz musicians who wanted to make a progressive rock album in the vein of ELP, Yes and Genesis. Where have I heard this before ? Ahh.... The four musicians win Return To Forever when they recorded and released Romantic Warrior. That album ended up as a fusion album and one of the best albums ever to hit our planet.
The Game Of Ouroboros is not a fusion album. The band has created a genuine progressive rock album. It also has a nice 1970s musical landscape with a contemporary sound.
The music more in the vein of Pink Floyd than the likes of Yes and Genesis. There is some ELP references here too. There is also some jazz references here. There is also some Supertramp references here.
It is obvious that the band has not forgotten that they are jazz musicians and their take on progressive rock is in the jazz vein. That makes up for some less than impressive songs on this one hour long album. The music here is not great. But it has a nice style and lots of class. This is therefore a good album which really shines at times. But not enough times to make it a sunny day.