Armonite - The Sun is New Each Day

Armonite is a progressive rock duo consisting of pianist/composer Paolo Fosso and violinist Jacopo Bigi. The act is from Pavia, Italy, although this album was actually mastered at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, UK. It ought to appeal to all the prog-heads out there.

The pair is also joined by a drummer and bassist for this nine-track album. The album is also an all-instrumental work. When it's good, this music brings to mind the advent of jazz-fusion sounds from the late 60s/early 70s. Jean-Luc Ponty, the French jazz violinist from this memorable period comes immediately to mind. When it's a little too nerdy-complicated, though, that annoying band Kansas comes into mental view. Kansas wasn't all bad, of course, as "Dust in the Wind" is a pretty cool classic rock nugget. But if you ever delved too deeply into the band's album cuts in the 70s, there was simply a whole lot of musical pretension displayed that simply wasn't rock & roll.

An exception to the all-instrumental rule of the record is a track titled "'G' as in Gears," which includes a spoken word social commentary. But for the most part, this is a whole lot of musician-ly interplay.

How much you dig this album largely depends upon how you feel about progressive rock and its musical relatives. If it's your cup of tea, by all means drink up and refill to your heart's content.

Armonite - The Sun is New Each Day

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