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Mark Vickness

MVI (Mark Vickness Interconnected) - In the Rain Shadow

Review by Gary Hill

The mellow sounds here are in keeping with the kind of music I've learned to expect from him. World music, new age and fusion are all at play. I'm not completely sold on this fitting as fusion (and therefore prog), but since I've put his previous releases under that heading, I'll do the same here. This is an effective and solid set no matter how you classify it. It should be noted that I've included this under Mark Vickness, but I'm not clear if that's correct or if it should go under "MVI" or "Mark Vickness Interconnected."

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Track by Track Review
High Desert
There is a classy groove to this that has a lot of acoustic and world music concepts at play.
The Gorge

This isn't a big change from the opener, but it's another classy slab of creative music. There is plenty of world sound here. I dig the fusion vibes that show up later, too.

Alluvial Fans
There are a lot of the same musical elements at play here. This is a moving, grooving sort of piece that feels like a traveling number.
Stillness (for Will)

A mellower cut, this has more of a new-age meets progressive rock kind of vibe at play. It's another classy piece of music.

There is a healthy helping of jazz at play here. This gets some funky, world music groove, too.
Rupak (for Ty)

We get plenty of world music in the mix here. That's along with more progressive rock styled sound. This is a melodic and tasty groove.

Cloud Shadows
I really like this number a lot. It's another that's not a big change, but just works really well.
On the Cliffs of Mohr

Another energetic piece with plenty of world music in the mix, this is not a big change, but a pleasant piece of music.

In the Rain Shadow
The title track is another with both new age and world music built into it.



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