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Groundswell

by Moraine

Internationally acclaimed art-rock unit Moraine up the ante with their third CD, Groundswell, a shape-shifting panorama of progressive rock, forward-thinking jazz, Asian-inspired music, and more.
Genre: Rock: Avant-Prog
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Alicia DeJoie ● violin
James DeJoie ● baritone saxophone, flute
Kevin Millard ● NS stick bass
Dennis Rea ● guitar, electronic interventions, Mellotron
Tom Zgonc ● drums

Engineered by Steve Fisk at Sound House, Seattle, November 2013
Studio assist: Mike Sebring, Nick Shadel
Mixed by Steve Fisk at Arundel Gardens, Seattle
Mastered by Huntley Miller at HM Mastering, Minneapolis
Produced by Dennis Rea and Steve Fisk
Executive Producer: Leonardo Pavkovic for MoonJune Records
Cover photograph of Tristan da Cunha from space courtesy NASA
Moraine photographs by Helaine Burch and Danette Davis
Cover design by Leonardo Pavkovic
Liner notes by Glenn Astarita
Love and gratitude to Daniel Barry, Jon Davis, Steve Fisk, Leonardo Pavkovic, John McGuire, Glenn Astarita, Jack Endino (and KC in absentia), Greg Williamson / Greedtone, Alaina Allen, David Gaines, and Morainiacs everywhere

Moraine's most recent metamorphosis highlights their recurring theme of unbridled invention - undeterred by convention and delivered convincingly, with abandon! Brushing all preconception aside, Dennis Rea and company courageously initiate proceedings from a place to which most modern progressive bands can only dream of ascending. Featuring a host of engaging new originals as well as pieces written for the band by composers Daniel Barry and Jon Davis, Groundswell is certain to cement the band’s standing as a singular voice like no other in the modern progressive jazz-rock continuum.

Building on the momentum generated by their previous releases for MoonJune Records, Moraine draws from the more exotic facets of the avant-garde and fusion equations. [Their critically-heralded debut, 2009's manifest deNsity (MJR028), and 2012's spectacular follow-up, Metamorphic Rock: Live at NEARfest (MJR040), garnered hundreds of glowing reviews worldwide - earning the band a diverse following ranging from jazz aficionados to metalheads to world-music enthusiasts and beyond.] Moments of "early-Crimsonesque" intensity are often balanced out by a more Eastern approach to melody, arrangement, and ensemble delivery; the music is delightfully fresh and unpredictable throughout. Brilliant compositions decorated by powerful themes, sudden shifts, sensitive group dynamics, and fiery solo excursions dominate this session, as Moraine reveals a more psychedelic vibe, while remaining collectively and steadfastly plugged into the magic of the moment at hand.

Lovers of the best offerings from the RIO, classic fusion, prog rock, avant-garde, progressive jazz, free jazz, and Eastern music genres will all find plenty to sink their teeth into here - but that only starts to penetrate the surface of this delectable amalgamation. All of the band's components - leader/guitarist Rea, violinist Alicia DeJoie, saxophonist/flautist James DeJoie, bassist Kevin Millard, and the band's newest addition, seasoned veteran drummer Tom Zgonc - are in peak form, playing in highly-inspired fashion on this very special outing.

Groundswell is one of the most ambitious, far-reaching albums from the progressive genre this year. This is "brave new fusion" ... as its title might infer, this one is destined to leave a mark!

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