Wonderful world fusion adventures Chasm – WOOD, WIND AND SKIN: This album feels just like a “reunion” of sorts… I first encountered & reviewed Chasm’s music on their “Bamboo Blue” album, and was impressed then; even more on this new release, which is more expansive… truly wonderful world fusion! Here’s a short clip of the song “Sideways Sunshine” from the new album…
…be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the Chasm YouTube channel, where you’ll find many more videos & performances… I did it right away.
One of the strong points for Chasm is that they are able to weave many and varied instruments into their compositions… a song that I believe will be receiving a LOT of airplay is the 4:04 “Inner Jungle“… it’s easy to feel their vision through this most enchanting song!
The soaring guitar on “Strange Currents” will lift your spirits to the very edges of the galaxy… solid recording, well-paced percussion and delicate strings make this one of the best fusion pieces I’ve heard (yet) in 2020.
A beautiful piano/guitar intro to the 4:56 “The Memory Box” made the tune really stand out for me, and I have no doubt you will find it just as attractive as I did… strong elements of jazz… I really (REALLY) like the piano on this performance!
Guitarist Mark Esakoff and flutist Michael Whipple have been playing together ever since they met in 1987… powerful songs like “Mountains” display talent and energy that can only come from players who “know each other” well… a very impressive song.
Of the thirteen tantalizing tunes offered up for our listening pleasure, it is one of the shorter pieces (3:28), “Element People“, that got my vote for personal favorite… there’s an almost “rock vibe” to the song, and Chasm’s boundless energy makes the tune an absolute winner!
I give Chasm a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this truly versatile and entertaining album. Get more information on the Chasm website. Rotcod Zzaj
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