Moraine - Groundswell

Moraine's most recent metamorphosis highlights their reoccurring theme of unbridled invention – undeterred by convention and delivered convincingly, with abandon! Brushing all preconception aside, Dennis Rea and company courageously initiate proceedings from a place to which most modern progressive bands can only dream of ascending. Featuring a host of engaging new originals as well as pieces written for the band by composers Daniel Barry and Jon Davis, Groundswell is certain to cement the band’s standing as a singular voice like no other in the modern progressive jazz-rock continuum.

Building on the momentum generated by their previous releases for MoonJune Records, Moraine draws from the more exotic facets of the avant garde equation. Their critically-heralded debut, 2009's manifest deNsity and 2012's more than convincing follow-up, Metamorphic Rock: Live at NEARfest, are albums which garnered hundreds of glowing reviews worldwide – earning the band a diverse following, ranging from jazz aficionados, to metalheads, to world-music enthusiasts, and beyond. Moments of "early-Crimsonesque" intensity are often balanced out by a more Eastern approach to melody, arrangement and ensemble delivery; the music is delightfully fresh and unpredictable throughout. Brilliant compositions decorated by powerful themes, sudden shifts, sensitive group dynamics and fiery solo excursions dominate this session, as Moraine reveals a more psychodelic vibe, while remaining collectively and steadfastly plugged into the magic of the moment at hand.

Lovers of the best offerings from the RIO, classic fusion, prog rock, avant garde, progressive jazz, free jazz and Eastern music genres will all find plenty to sink their teeth into here, but that only starts to penetrate the surface of this delectable amalgamation. All of the band's components -- leader/guitarist Dennis Rea; violinist Alicia DeJoie; sax/flutist James DeJoie; bassist Kevin Millard, and; the band's newest addition, seasoned veteran drummer Tom Zgonc – are in peak form and deliver the sonic goods in highly-inspired fashion on this very special outing.

Groundswell is to be one of the most ambitious, far-reaching albums from the progressive genre this year. This is "brave new avant=progressive-fusion" ... as it's title might infer, this one is destined to leave a mark!"
  • LabelMoonJune
  • UPC692287906627
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