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OHMphrey: Posthaste
OHMphrey Posthaste Review

OHMphrey: Posthaste

(Instrumental) Progressive Rock/Fusion

If you like your music clever and entertaining, twisted and challenging, you'll dig OHMphrey, purveyors of fine progressive rock fusion, and their second release Posthaste. OHMphrey features three members of Umphrey's McGee, keyboardist Joel Cummins, guitarist Jake Cinninger and drummer Kris Myers, and OHM guitarist Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth) along with bassist Robertino Pagliari.

OHMphrey Band Photo

OHMphrey: hanging out in the alley.

Posthaste is intricate and involved, an amalgam of many styles, from rock to jazz. One could describe this as a session recording that amounts to a rather large jam session. But listening carefully, notably to The Sun Also Rises, The River Runs or The Shoemaker's Back, you discover well-developed and composed arrangements. There's a nearly effortless synchronicity between the players that paints a rich tapestry or, better, mosaic, of music rather than creating an endless patchwork of improvisation But then there are the two bonus live tracks, Firestarter and 20/20, where the latter is simply a majestic display of the musicians both jamming and weaving a wonderful soundscape. In the end, it's still all very clever and entertaining, a rush of vibrant energy.

Likely, if you don't get great rock fusion like Weather Report or Brand X, you probably won't get OHMphrey. But I say give it a go, and expand your musical horizons. Quite recommended.

In Short

Here's OHMphrey: five skilled musicians doing some clever and entertaining progressive rock fusion. Nice stuff.

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