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Jason Blake

Imaginary Cages

Review by Gary Hill

The latest solo release from Jason Blake, this is made up of Warr Guitar solo pieces. There is a good range of sound within this set. There are some tracks that really stand out, and nothing that falters. That said, I think the closer here might be my favorite from his solo catalog. This might actually be the best disc of that repertoire, too.

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Track by Track Review
Abstractions of Thought
There is some particularly dramatic musical interplay on this number. It remains more or less on the mellower end of the equation, but seems to have some real kinetic energy in reserve. It's Crimsonian, rather dark and quite cool.
Obscured Clarity
There is a lot more driving intensity here. The cut comes more in the vein of rocker. There are some intriguing twists and turns along the road. There are some particularly intense moments here.
Drawn and Distrait
This is expressive and powerful. It's not as rock edged as the previous one, but has so much drama built into it.
Buried in Contemplation
I dig the melodic progressions on this thing quite a bit. The track works through a number of intriguing variants and movements. This has some killer twists and turns along the road.
Lost Reveries
Fast paced and somewhat Crimsonian, this thing is intense.
Denouement of Logic
There are some really mysterious and dramatic moments built into this thing. It also gets into some neo-classical zones later. This might be my favorite piece of the set, but I have a thing for dark and "spooky" passages, and this definitely has some of that. then again, this is the epic of the piece in terms of length, almost ten-and-a-half-minutes, and scope. So, that might have something to do with it. There is some fast-paced, Crimson-like stuff later, too.
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