Fingerprint (1993). For the second Egoband effort the leading duo of Alessandro Accordino and Alfonso Capasso recruited guitarist Simone Coloretti and drummer Andrea Brogi in the place of Massimo Fava and Fabio Cioni respectively. In the meantime the band had signed a new contract with Mellow Records and the recordings of ''Fingerprint'' took place just 20 km far from their hometown, at MIDI Studios in Pisa, between April and May of 1993. While the band showed no signs of changing any direction, musically speaking, there was a bit of downfall in the inspiration level. The compositions remain well-crafted, well-executed and balanced between mellow and richer parts, always maintaining this evident Marillion vibe…
Powerful symphonic prog, that mixes several elements like heavy guitars, outstading keyboard layers with sudden shifts and surprising moods over long compositions. The guitar features on the music, as well as the intricate drumming. This is a very original and interesting band. They're excellent musicians whose music is a mixture of Pink Floyd-ish solo guitar, Rush-y riffing, Genesis-like keyboards without being clones. "The Neck Pillow" is a concept album inspired by the movie "Die Bettwurst" (The Neck Pillow").
Although this instrumental fusion band has been around since 1992, they only released their first album eight years later and, my oh my, was it ever worth the wait! Imagine King Crimson, UK, The Mahavisnhu Orchestra and early Jean-Luc Ponty all rolled into one plus some discrete traditional Japanese references. Powered by the violin, KBB's music is dynamic, playful, intense and complex, yet melodic and surprisingly accessible. The band includes an exceptional violinist named Akihisa Tsuboy who also plays cellolin and guitar in addition to composing most of the material. The other members are keyboard player Toshimitsu Takahashi, bassist-guitarist Dani and drummer Shirou Sugano. All four musicians are extremely proficient.
Derived from the "RCA Victor" period of the violinist, this collection dates from 1970 and presents the sympathetic quartet of Grappelli, made up of collaborators entirely dedicated to the art of the violinist. Marc Hammeler (piano) is inventive, Jack Sewing (double bass) has a warm sound, and Kenny Clarke, on drums, unveils a talent already known. He even joins a piano to accompany Grappelli on a very beautiful "Body and Soul".