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Drummer and composer Patrick Forgas' improvising chamber rock band in his 4th Phenomena band release, inspired and melodic compositions with room for his great soloists.

Forgas Band Phenomena
Axis Of Madness

Forgas Band Phenomena: Axis Of Madness (Cuneiform)
Label: Cuneiform    
Released in: USA    

"Drummer and composer Patrick Forgas has been releasing jazz-rock gems that showcase his compositional and and arranging skills for over 30 years. Axis of Madness (L'Axe du Fou) is the fourth album by his current band; a 7-piece instrumental ensemble of skillful young musicians, performing on saxes/flute, trumpet/flugelhorn, violin, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. The group perform music that combines the most attractive aspects of jazz and rock composition with inspired solos. The quality of the music and performances is obvious from the first note and we're pleased that it isn't only us who noticed; press has been unbelievably enthusiastic towards this group's music!"

"...tight, urgent, almost suite-like arrangements, vaguely recallilng Frank Zappa and Carla Bley, which nonetheless give each player chances to strut their formidable stuff. There's restraint, ebb and flow at work here." -

"...blurs idiomatic considerations so extensively they render stylistic definitions irrelevant. No one can accuse bandleader and principal composer Patrick Forgas of being tame or conservative in his writing and arrangements.... He's been leading various editions of the Forgas Band since the mid-'90s, and this version has a...frontline ably suited for works whose opening melodies quickly give way to furious exchanges, spirited solos and passages bouncing back and forth between avant-garde jazz and shorter, rock-tinged statements." - JazzTimes

"Its combination of singable themes and rock rhythms will appeal to Canterbury devotees specifically - and, indeed, all fans of improvisation within a richly composed context"." - All About Jazz

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Product Information:

UPC: 045775028224

Label: Cuneiform
Catalog ID: RUNE 282CD
Squidco Product Code: 10997

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Little Big Studios, Arpajon, France, July 1-3, 2008.


Patrick Forgas-drums

Sebastien Trognon-tenor sax, soprano sax, flute

Dimitri Alexaline-trumpet, flugelhorn

Benjamin Violet-guitar

Karolina Mlodecka-violin

Igor Brover-keyboards

Kengo Mochizuki-bass

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Track Listing:

1. La Clef (The Key) 10:53

2. L'Axe Du Fou 16:36

3. Double-Sens 13:53

4. La 13eme Lune 8:24