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Marvin Ayres


Review by Gary Hill

This new disc from Marvin Ayres is quite mellow. It’s often very symphonic, but there’s space music in the mix, too. While this isn’t very much “rock” oriented, it certainly fits closely enough into the heading of progressive rock, particularly when Ayres’ musical pedigree is factored into the equation.

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Track by Track Review
Movement One – Underture

This is incredibly mellow and grows at an almost glacial pace. It has a lot of symphonic and space elements in place. It’s atmospheric and textural more than it is anything else.

Movement Two
Coming out of the chaotic, yet still quite mellow, sounds of the previous number, this comes in with more melody and consistency. It’s quite symphonic and very evocative and beautiful.
Movement Three
This time around the sounds seem somewhere between the first two cuts. Nothing here moves quickly, but it does move and it does change.
Movement Four
Symphonic, old world styled music is heard as the themes evolve here. If the whole disc were like this it would probably qualify as classical music.
Movement Five
Another that’s quite classical in tone, this is also very beautiful and powerful.
This is appropriately a sad piece that’s both pretty and quite symphonic in nature. I could swear that I hear some of the melody of “The Star Spangled Banner” at times on this thing.
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