Wednesday 14 October 2020

Greaves. John - Kew. Rhone. (1977)


The debut album from this British bassist. 

This album was a cooperation between him (percussion, piano, organ, bass & vocals), Lisa Herman on vocals and Peter Blegwad on guitars, vocals and saxophone. 

They had help from numerous people on woodwinds, violin, viola and vocals.

John Greaves has released sixteen album so far and most of them, if not all of them, are totally leftfield and has nothing to do with rock. Jazz and chanson is more in his direction. And it is avant-garde music too.

I am always up for a challenge but I will leave the rest of his albums to a later time... if ever. This of pure respect for John Greaves because Kew.Rhone is such a difficult album to understand. It is rumoured this is his most accessible album too........

The music is a mix of jazz, folk hall music, chanson and French folk music.

This is a concept album too. A thirty-seven minutes long album too.

There are some good music here. But this album has some avant-garde stuff I find a bit on the weird side. There is a lot of Van Der Graaf Generator and Peter Hammill comparisons here when it comes to the more melodic parts of this album.

It is a weird album and one well worth checking out. It is a decent album too and one heck of a challenge.

2.5 points




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