Hi, just posting a couple of the reviews from the gig. Hope to have some video or pics real soon!
Had a fantastic evening and, it seems, so did some other people…
Next up were Fusion Orchestra 2. I knew next to nothing about Fusion Orchestra 1 above and beyond they’d made a prog-fusion album back in the midsts of time and were, a bit like Comus, a band re-activated by dint of slow-burning culty status by the word of mouth and the interweb. I gather that the guitarist is the only original member (guitarist) but they were fantastic. Think an earthier, rockier kind of Mahavishnu Vibe – a bit more spit and sawdust – something of a nod and wink version of prog and funky fusion. They had an amazing female vocalist who had only been rehearsing with the band for 4 weeks and the band themselves were a revelation. Must see again! Must hunt down old album!
“The Fusion Orchestra 2 hit the stage with a bang and from the start of their first track you could see already what fantastic musicians they are. Their sound – a mixture of Seventies progressive rock and jazz – made your ears jump up and listen to their complex melodies. Colin Dawson’s guitar was as fluid as a stream over some masterful Hammond organ playing. The bass and drums tackled the different time signatures with ease and all the while Elsie Lovelock’s vocals sang heavenward crisp and clearly as if calling to the thunderous clouds outside to part. At times I found the sound similar to that of the first two Yes albums and then again similarly to Magma they could transport you to another time and place”
Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed the show. Hope to see y’all at the next.
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