Saturday, November 8, 2014

CD Review: Friends Help Leon Alvarado Create New "Music From An Expanded Universe"

Progressive rock musician/artist Leon Alvarado recently released his latest album "2014, Music From An Expanded Universe" and he also invited a few friends along to help him out. Alvarado has worked alongside members of Yes, Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Hawkwind in the past and he continues that friendship, enlisting Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel) and the ambient music duo, Cyber Zen Sound Engine to help out on his latest release.

The new five song EP shows Alvarado expanding his progressive rock sound, beginning with part one of "Irreverence." The soft keyboard humming of that opening song sets the atmosphere for the funk-filled instrumental "The 2014 Microcosm" and the steady "rock" based structured feel of "Blood Like Red" that allows Gunn to showcase some of his guitar skills. The short album closes with the bonus track, "Cinemania Alive," which gives control to Alvarando as his keyboards lead the path to the end. To find out more about the new album "2014, Music From An Expanded Universe," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Leonplaysmusic.

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