Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Advancement - The Advancement (1969 us, amazing fusion jazz blues psych rock, 2007 reissue)

After collaborating with Gabor Szabo on such superb efforts as More Sorcery and Dreams, bassist Louis Kabok and drummer Hal Gordon further embraced jazz-rock fusion under the Advancement aegis, issuing their sole LP in 1969. The opening "Juliet" establishes a dark, moody atmosphere immediately bolstered by the intriguing "Painful Struggle," with its eerie vibes and Kabok's extended bass bridge. "Moorish Mode" is Gordon's star turn, highlighted by an impressively restrained drum break. But it's the most overtly rock-influenced cuts that make Advancement worth seeking out, in particular "Fall Out," an impressively heady mélange of jazz, hard rock, and psychedelia. 
by Jason Ankeny
1. Juliet (David Kinzie) - 2:58
2. Painful Struggle (Louis Kabok) - 6:56
3. Stone Folk (Louis Kabok) - 3:15
4. Grass Mass (Hal Gordon) - 2:26
5. Sunflower (Mason Williams) - 3:08
6. She (Lynn Blessing) - 1:57
7. Moorish Mode (Hal Gordon, Louis Kabok) - 6:00
8. Hobo Express (Louis Kabok) - 5:14
9. Child At Play (Richard Thompson) - 2:21
10.Fall Out (Art Johnson) - 3:22

*Colin Bailey - Drums, Percussion
*Lynn Blessing - Vibes, Harmonica, Organ
*John De Rose - Classical Guitar
*Hal Gordon - Conga, Drums, Percussion
*Art Johnson - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Fuzz Guitar
*Louis Kabok - Bass
*Richard Thompson - Organ, Harpsichord

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