Friday, January 23, 2015

CD Review: Musician Jim Alfredson Uses THEO To Explore His Prog-Rock Side

American keyboardist Jim Alfredson is one of the best Hammond organist performing these days and his work within the jazz trio organissimo has received praise from critics. His latest project is his solo album under the name THEO that pays tribute to his love of the classic progressive rock bands of the seventies. The new release entitled "The Game Of Ouroboros" will be released on January 27th through Big O Records and the album was three years in the making to complete due to Alfredson's heavy touring schedule.
 
The new six song album begins with a simple phone call which leads into the mystical, Yes-like keyboard introduction of "The Game Of Ouroboros." Alfredson gets funky on his solo before guitarist Jake Reichbart takes hold of the nine-minute song and drives it home. The instrumental "The Blood That Floats My Throne" showcases the full talents of THEO, but the album really excels into the spacey, prog-rock territory with the thirteen-minute heavy rhythm of "Idle Worship" as each member gets their shining moment. The eleven-minute closer "Exile" has an early Genesis feel with its darker tones and tempo changes. To find out more about the debut album from THEO, please visit jimalfredson.com.

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