Boud Deun - Astronomy Made Easy

Year of Release: 1997
Label: Cuneiform Records
Catalog Number: Rune 91
Format: CD
Total Time: 52:26:00

When I received a Laser's Edge mailorder catalogue some years ago, I read a review from a band I had never heard of 'til then: Boud Deun. They wrote about it being instrumental, progressive fusion with duels between guitar and violin with clear tendencies towards Dixie Dregs and lots of references in the direction of King Crimson. This surely was something in my line of taste and I ordered a copy of their Fiction And Several Days album. It was a winner!

The same quartet also released Astronomy Made Easy. On the CD itself you see a screenprint of a constellation whilst the booklet enables you to find out more about the wondrous world of the stars (a much better result than the appaling sleeve of their debut!). The guitar parts on this album are more subtle than on the debut, which gives me the tendency to compare the current Boud Deun as a cross between Philharmonie and Jean-Luc Ponty with a dash of Happy Family thrown in for good measure. To review every single track on this album would be a waste of time because I can guarantee you that every singular note on this album is brought to you by some of the best musicians in the world! However I do want to mention the brilliant fretless bass courtesy of Matt Eiland as in "Copper Ink" where he sort of proves to be the stepson of Stanley Clarke.

Of course, this kind of music is situated in the domain of avant-garde, but every lover of good music should once in his/her lifetime park his/her car in front of the Boud Deun estate. Highly recommended!

[Boud Deun have since split, drummer Rocky Cancelose joining Dark Aether Project in 2000 -ed.]

December 17th (3:22) / Good King Friday (2:38) / Spiders (4:57) / Sleeping (1:17) / Neither (2:54) / Copper Ink (9:51) / Conversations With Ellis (3:43) / Coal Boxes And Daisy Cutters (3:35) / Lincoln (5:23) / Jupiter (7:42) / The Miller's Tale (1:18) / The Quince Ree (5:07)

Shawn Persinger - guitar
Matt Eiland - bass
Greg Hiser - violin
Rocky Canceclose - drums

Fiction And Several Days (1995)
Astronomy Made Easy (1997)

Genre: Fusion-Jazz Fusion

Origin US

Added: April 10th 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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Language: english


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