June 24, 2017

Flight ‎– Flight (1975, LP, Usa)

Magnificent US Prog band, recording and performing between mid-70's and early 80's.They recorded three albums as far as I am concerned:''Flight'' (1975, Capitol), featuring Pat Vidas on trumpets/vocals, Jim Michael Yaeger on keyboards, John Ray on acoustic & electric basses, Russell Dawber on drums and Ted Karczewski on electric and acoustic guitars, is Progressive/Jazz Rock at its best for sure.Compositions are really fast, complex and intricate, offering tons of adventuruous interplays and a very rich sound.However Flight are not your average band, delivering long improvisated parts or jam sections.The compositions are mainly short with a great developing structure and also featuring often humurous vocals of somekind of late-60's pop style.Vidas presents a wide variety of catchy trumpet parts, supported by great electric piano, Moog synthesizer and a touch of Mellotron and even some fantrastic solos by guitarist Ted Karczewski.The funky bass lines of John Ray try to create a more relaxed atmosphere.But instrumental parts are trully mind-blowing, reminding me of Gentle Giant and actually if you can imagine a cross between Gentle Giant and Nucleus you are very close to Flight's unique sound.Energetic Brass Rock in battle with complicated jazzy Prog with also some hints of classic Prog rock.This band deserves a lot more than this limited fame they earned.A must-have for ages.


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