Leon Alvarado | 2014 Music from an Expanded Universe

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2014 Music from an Expanded Universe

by Leon Alvarado

A collection of out of this world progressive instrumentals that include Trey Gunn, Jerry Marotta and the duo better known as Cyber Zen Sound Engine. A must if you are a fan of progressive rock and specially the latter work from King Crimson.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Irreverence, Pt. I
2:39 album only
2. The 2014 Microcosm
4:56 album only
3. Blood Like Red
6:33 album only
4. Irreverence, Pt. II
5:31 album only
5. Cinemania (Alive)
3:42 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
If you are a fan of bands like King Crimson, you most definitely would like this CD. Former Crimson guitar virtuoso Trey Gunn adds exciting layers of sound over Leon's textural keyboards. Jerry Marotta's extraordinary percussion on the Taos drums reverberate throughout the luscious soundscapes elevating their creative output. Jerry's best known for being the drummer in four of Peter Gabriel's studio albums and one live record.

In addition to the members of King Crimson and Peter Gabriel's band, Leon has brought the ambient music duo better known as Cyber Zen Sound Engine to help with some atmospheric textures and sounds.

The five songs presented here were mastered by Andy Jackson. Andy's better known for being the sound engineer and co-producer for Pink Floyd. He has an interesting approach to mastering using tube analogue equipment. His ideas in sound dynamics is what prompted Leon to seek his participation in the project. Mr. Jackson has also mastered albums for Robert Fripp which made him a perfect choice given the style of music on Leon's CD.

In all, the five songs included on this mini-LP keep moving Leon's musical output forward by expanding his universe.



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Tom Stazer

Third Time's The Charm
You can sense a lot of growth in this album as the artist moves beyond his Genesis-inspired works to craft original dreamlike imstrumentals. It does lean heavily towards an 80s King Crimson sound, and the assistance of Trey Gunn and Jerry Marotta help bring some essential flavors. Make no mistake though, it's Leon's album all the way, showcasing his keyboards and percussion skills, crafting interesting sounds and quirky beats. While The 2014 Microcosm has the hook that sticks with you after listening, it's probably Blood Like Red that pleases the most. A calculated slow burn to an epic soundscape that serves at the album's centerpiece. More like this, please.

William Jahn

Great music to listen through a good stereo or at least a good pair of headphones. The only problem I found with the CD is the length. I wish it would be longer but I love what's in there. Some of the pieces are very King Crimson-sounding but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The CD's last piece with it's heavily-infused keyboards in a way reiterates Leon's propensity for synths. I definitely recommend this to any fan of prog and ambient prog (if there is such thing).