Expresso II – Gong – 1978

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Album Expresso II by the band Gong
Album Expresso II by the band Gong

Expresso II is the eighth studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, released in 1978. It is the second and final album by the jazz-fusion incarnation of the group, which featured drummer Pierre Moerlen, guitarist Allan Holdsworth, saxophonist Didier Malherbe, keyboardist Benoit Moerlen, percussionist Mireille Bauer, and bassist Francis Moze.

The album showcases the virtuosity and creativity of the musicians, who blend elements of jazz, rock, funk, and world music into a cohesive and dynamic sound. The album consists of six instrumental tracks, each with a distinctive mood and style.

The opening track, “Heavy Tune”, is a fast and furious fusion piece that features Holdsworth’s soaring guitar solos and Pierre Moerlen’s powerful drumming. The second track, “Golden Dilemma”, is a more relaxed and melodic tune that highlights Malherbe’s saxophone and Benoit Moerlen’s vibraphone. The third track, “Sleepy”, is a gentle and atmospheric ballad that showcases the interplay between the acoustic guitar and the flute. The fourth track, “Soliloquy”, is a solo piano piece by Benoit Moerlen that displays his classical influences and technical skills. The fifth track, “Boring”, is a humorous and ironic title for a lively and funky tune that features some of the most complex and syncopated rhythms on the album. The sixth and final track, “Three Blind Mice”, is a playful and adventurous rendition of the nursery rhyme, with various instruments taking turns to improvise on the theme. Expresso II is widely regarded as one of the best albums by Gong and one of the finest examples of jazz-fusion in the 1970s.

It received critical acclaim from both fans and critics, who praised its originality, diversity, and musicianship. It is also considered to be one of Allan Holdsworth’s most impressive works, as he showcases his unique style and tone on the guitar.

Expresso II is an album that transcends genres and boundaries, and offers a rich and rewarding listening experience for anyone who appreciates music.

Personnel:

  • Pierre Moerlen – drums, vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, tympani, tubular bells
  • Benoît Moerlen – vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, percussion, claves, tubular bells
  • Mireille Bauer – marimba, vibraphone
  • Hansford Rowe – bass, rhythm guitar
  • François Causse – congas

The source of this information is the Wikipedia page of Expresso II

 

 

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