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Andrew Keeling - Spiritus album review

Album Review

A four-track classical round-up from Crimson composer Andrew Keeling.

Well-known in prog circles particularly for orchestrating Robert Fripp’s soundscapes on The Wine Of Silence, his work with Tim Bowness and his own group Otherworld, Andrew Keeling has also written for viola ensemble Fretwork and percussionist Evelyn Glennie. As a youth, Keeling was inspired by progressive rock in its 70s heyday and his music thrives on the energy of complexity, change and dynamics. But as Peter Davison writes in the sleevenotes, this is no fusion music, so don’t expect anything along the lines of the orchestral Pink Floyd, not least because this is written for small ensembles. But considering that classical music was an important influence in early prog, one could say that those influences are returned here, with thanks.

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