Haze — In the End: 1978 - 1988
(Kinesis KDCD1006, 1988/1992, CD)
by Bob Netherton, Published 1994-02-01In the End: 1978-1988 is a compilation of various tracks that chronicle the 10 year existence of one the more undeservedly obscure UK progressive bands. In their early days, the band suffered from personnel turnover, but interestingly enough all the material on the CD was recorded from the same lineup: brothers Paul McMahon (guitar, bass), Chris McMahon (bass, guitar keyboards) and Paul Chisnell (drums). All the material has a rather sparse sound, mostly a result of four-track tape masters and an almost live-in-the-studio recording style. The earlier material has a soft spacey feel mixed with a healthy dose of 1974 era Barclay James Harvest. Later tracks begin to sounds a little like early Saga, particularly on the track "Mountain." Haze toured with Solstice and Pendradon, so that should give you some indication of the type of music they play. Most of the tracks include an extended instrumental section where the playing can get quite spirited. As the band developed, a number of conflicting influences can be heard. Paul McMahon seemed to be moving in a more funky direction where the rest of the band was improving on their original format. For the most part the result is not good. This eventually led to the end of the band shortly after the 10 year anniversary show, of which the track "The Red Room" hails. I really have tried to dislike this disc but it hasn't worked. I can't put my finger on it, but there is something about this disc that I do like. It might be the nonpretentious vocals, the simple song construction, or subliminal messages. Whatever it is, it works.
Related artist(s): Haze
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more