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Praise Space Electric — Mushroom Jazz
(Delerium CELEC CD046, 1997, CD)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1999-01-01

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This is progressive rock with a groove. The title Mushroom Jazz is actually a pretty apt name, as this is not too stylistically far away from Acid Jazz. Weird analog synth sounds, funky bass and drums, and free flying, agile guitar solos are the order of the day. All this alone would probably make this an album worth hearing, if only for its usefulness as a mood piece. But Praise Space Electric add more to this formula. They incorporate actual song development rather than mere groove-itis; they employ a different style for each song (jazz, reggae, bossa nova, rock, and more); all of which make this album that much more enjoyable. Because it tries to be so diverse, it suffers a little in the cohesion department, but their eclectic personality nevertheless pervades the whole album. My favorite track is the swift latin jazz of "Plazza de Toros," with a fine jazz guitar solo that really got me going. Recommended for jazz-funk fans (some parts reminded me of New Orleans band Galactic) or anyone wanting to experiment with that genre – this album is not a bad introduction.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 16, 1997 releases

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