Phase - Midnight Madness (limited edition/mini-lp sleeve)
The third release from Modulus, bringing out very rare releases on CD for the very first time and in meticulous high quality!
The music is exactly as stated below. VERY Return To Forever-ish, with a deep coating of prog.
"Phase - Midnight Madness is the third release in our limited edition Modulus series. Pressed in an edition of 500 copies, it comes housed in a old school style tip-on mini-LP jacket. A 12 page booklet features detailed liner notes from the members of the band.
Phase was a New Jersey based quartet formed in 1978. It featured Regan Ryzuk (piano, Moog, Celeste), Dave Anderson (electric and Anscor stereo guitar), Carl Scariati (Carl Thompson electric bass), and John Hvasta (drums/tympanis). All members were young but highly accomplished musicians with a serious interest in jazz, classical composition, and progressive rock. Their high energy instrumental music clearly demonstrated these influences. The music of Phase can easily be classified as fusion but there are strong undercurrents of progressive rock that weaves its way through the album - not just in terms of the instrumentation or playing, but the compositions as well.
The band signed a deal with QCA/Red Mark Records in Cincinnati. The band left New Jersey and heading out to Ohio to record Midnight Madness. The album was recorded and mixed very quickly. It saw a release in 1979 and unfortunately sank without much of a trace. Keyboardist Regan Ryzuk reissued the album two years label, rebranding and repackaging the release under the Fusion Quartet moniker.
Hearing this music for the first time was quite a revelation. I was blown away to say the least. When I'm asked to describe the music I typically reply "Return To Forever meets Emerson Lake & Palmer". Not only did this quartet have chops from hell but the compositions were challenging as well. If you are a fan of RTF, Mahavishnu Orchestra or the prog giants ELP, Yes, Zappa, and PFM you will find much to enjoy here.
Please keep in mind that when this edition sells out it will be gone forever."