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Band: Lee Abraham

CD Title: “Black and White”

Band Website: www.leeabraham.co.uk  

Label: F2 Music

Label Website: www.festival-music.co.uk

Release Date: 2010

 

Lee Abraham is perhaps best known for his gig as bassist for the UK band Galahad. Perhaps less known is Abraham’s thriving solo career. Black and White is his third solo release and like his previous efforts he has surrounded himself with a myriad of top progressive rock personalities to lend their skills in the execution of his musical vision. People such as Sean Filkins [ex- Big Big Train], John Mitchell [Arena/It Bites/Frost*/The Urbane], Jem Godfrey [Frost*], Simon Godfrey [Tinyfish], Dean Baker [Galahad/After the Storm], Gary Chandler [Jadis], Steve Thorne and others. A veritable who’s who of prog talent all in the service of creating the sounds of Black and White, which as you might expect is a modern guitar edged prog with more than a dose of symphonic structure.  

 

The six compositions on Black and White range in length from the rather brief “And Speaking of Which” [2:31] a brief moody and atmospheric piece of Pink Floyd-ish guitar, keyboard layers and drum loops that opens the disc to the three-part epic closer “White” [23:12]. Each track features multi-instrumentalist Abraham surrounded by a slightly different line-up with a different vocalist, giving the music a wide range of styles. Most of these pieces feature a pretty crunchy guitar sound although it’s rarely through the entire piece making way for either acoustic guitar or keyboards to come to the fore. My initial listen left me with the feeling this disc lacked variety but the more I listened the more I began to hear the complexity in both the instrumentation and arrangements. Given that most of these songs are on the longish side there are many musical change-ups, but they do all tend to revolve around the songs core melody. In many respects this sounds similar to the style of Jadis only perhaps will a little more structural twists and turns. 

 

Black and White will be well received by fans of bands such as Jadis or Tinyfish where the emphasis is placed equally on song craft and proggy arrangements. If you are a fan of any of the bands mentioned above I’d certainly recommend Lee Abrahams. It wasn’t obvious to me on first listen but there’s some great music on Black and White. This is a disc you’ll want to play a few times to reap the musical treasures it holds.

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