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Pete Oxley Nicolas Meier

Chasing Tales

Review by Gary Hill

This is an all instrumental (except for some talk box) album. It could be argued that it doesn’t fit under progressive rock. Certainly the rock side is mostly absent. This is largely fusion oriented, but at times it does get into pure jazz and even world music. I would say that fans of things like California Guitar Trio are likely to enjoy this. That and the fact that we usually include fusion under prog gets this classified there. However you size it up, though, it’s a great disc with some exceptional musical adventures.

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Track by Track Review
The Followers

As the guitars create the melodies here this has a real soaring prog meets fusion kind of sound to it. The piece is quite dynamic. It’s also dramatic and rather powerful.

Looking West
Mellower and intricate, this is quite a pretty piece. It lands in the fusion area, too.
Tales
I’d have to say that I like the melodies and dramatic tone of this cut even better than the two previous pieces. This is an exceptional instrumental jam.
The Bridge
This is cool. It feels a bit more electronic in the whole fusion vein.
Serene
There is a bit much going on here to call this “Serene,” as far as I’m concerned. I really love some of the guitar soloing on this thing. Sure, it’s mellow, but it’s also intricate and manages to rock.
Chasing Kites
I’d say the title for this is rather appropriate. It’s an energetic and rather fun jazz romp.
Riversides
Asian world music is heard on this jam.
Compass Points
There is some particularly inspired guitar work on this piece. It’s more of an energized number. It’s also one of my favorites here.
Breezin' On
With both great soloing and excellent fusion stylings, this is tasty stuff. There is some talk box jamming on this, too.
Libra

Intricate guitar, energized jamming and more are heard on this killer cut. It’s not a huge difference from the rest, but it’s quite strong and never feels redundant or samey.

Bluster
With some killer jamming this is more of a pure jazz number.
Uzun Ince Bir Yoldayim
This is heavily based on world music.
 
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