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.
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.
Here's OHMphrey: five skilled musicians doing some clever and entertaining progressive rock fusion. Nice stuff.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]