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Patrick Moraz - 2008 - "Change of Space"

(60:00, Timewave Music)


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TRACK LIST:                   

1.  Peace in Africa 4:54 
2.  Change of Space 8:19 
3.  Sonique Prinz-1 2:17 
4.  Sonique Prinz-2 2:39 
5.  Sonique Prinz-3 5:25 
6.  One Day in June 7:29 
7.  Cum Spiritu 4:53 
8.  Power of Emotion 6:02 
9.  Stellar Rivers & Streams of Lucid Dreams 12:09 
10. Alien Spaces 5:53 

LINEUP: 

Patrick Moraz  keyboards; vocals; drum programming 
Bunny Brunel  bass; backing vocals 
John Wackerman  drums 
With:
Alex Ligertwood  vocals (2, 8) 
Nicol Mecerova  vocals (9) 
Don Adey  vocals (1) 
&:
Several more musicians and additional singers

Prolusion. Although I believe Partick MORAZ has remained active in music since replacing Keith Emerson in on his departure for ELP in Refugee (aka The Nice #2), Change in Space is the first Moraz album I have heard for a very long time. I have always been in awe of his ability especially when he came to prominence with Yes on Relayer in 1974. This hour long CD features a supporting cast of musicians including ex Brian Auger singer Alex Ligertwood.

Analysis. My frustration from listening to this recording arises not from Morazs intentions for few could argue with the sentiments expressed on Peace in Africa, but with the absence of strong material and continuity to justify an hour long CD. The best moments get rather lost inside the intense, rather cluttered and overproduced mass of music. That is not to say there are not moments of brilliance that are up there with the best of Moraz as expressed on his Story of I, for example. One Day in June, on which Patrick is accompanied by drummer Ronnie Ciago, is one such example. Also the guitar on the third movement of the multi-part suite Sonique Prinz had me grabbing the CD sleeve to find out who is playing this intense solo only to find no mention of a guitar at all! It is however inexplicable that Moraz chooses to use programmed drumming on so many tracks not to mention him committing the cardinal sin of replicating a sax on keyboards.

Conclusion. Morazs passion and the Latin influence on early solo albums like Out in the Sun are still there, but the inspiration that marked out his contribution to albums like The Moody Blues Long Distance Voyageur is. Im afraid missing. You also get the feeling that he has to prove once again what a virtuosic keyboard player he is and he really doesnt need to do that. The music must do the talking and, unfortunately, doesnt on Change of Space.

PJ=Philip Jackson: May 17, 2009
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