Sunday 18 November 2018
Pymlico - Nightscape (2018)
The fifth album from this Norwegian band.
The band is a seven piece big band with a lineup of saxophones, keyboards, percussion, guitars, bass and drums.
Four guest musicians provides trombone, trumpet, flute and extra guitars.
I have been following this band with a great deal of interest during # 1 and now this volume of this blog. I guess you can find my reviews of their four previous albums in both # 1 and this volume.
The band has always been operating in the symphonic prog landscape around Camel and other more elegant instrumental symphonic prog bands.
To a great deal, this album also reminds me about the long forgotten Norwegian band Lava and their take on the Icelandic band Mezzoforte.
The band has in short moved a great deal towards fusion and jazz.
The music is pretty soft and not that intense. There are also some funk here. The symphonic prog elements has been toned down a great deal. But they are still there.
Bands like Weather Reports now props up as someone this band can be compared to.
Is that a good thing ? Does it really matter if the music they gives us is instrumental fusion or symphonic prog ? Not a bit. The quality is the only thing that matter and this is a good album.
It is not as good as I expected it to be, though. Then again, I rate this band very highly. But get this album as it will be a good companion to you.