Wednesday 20 September 2017

Solution - Solution (1971)

The debut album from this Dutch band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of organ, piano, saxophones, flutes, bass, drums and vocals.

Solution released six albums between 1971 and 1982 with moderate success before they gave up and were disbanded. This is one of those bands who never really made it big. Their music has been saved from a life in obscurity by the likes of ProgArchives, Discogs and Youtube. And by a curious mind like myself and fellow music lovers.

Listed as a jazz/fusion band in ProgArchives, I spotted this band and got three of their albums. The other two will be reviewed asap/you will find reviews of the other two albums somewhere else in this blog.

This album is pretty special because half of it is jazz/fusion and the other half is symphonic prog. The band was very influenced by the likes of Frank Zappa and Soft Machine here. The band had also adopted a classical music piece by the obscure French composer Jaques Ibert. There is also clearly some influences from the Canterbury scene band Egg on this album. 

There are also some fine vocals with some good melodies here. Kind of Egg like melodies. Maybe even some Caravan too.

The end result is a very good album which will impress a lot of people into fusion, Canterbury and symphonic prog. Check it out !

3.5 points 

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