Monday, June 28, 2021

"Blue" Gene Tyranny - Degrees Of Freedom Found [Unseen Worlds 035]

This is a tribute. And what a tribute this is. A year after his untimely passing in 2k20 the Unseen Worlds imprint launches a massive 6CD box set including a 24 page booklet to honor the life and work of "Blue" Gene Tyranny, presenting a large scale compilation of previously unreleased pieces, unheard before live recordings and cuts dug up from the artists vast archive and treasure trove which makes this one not only a tribute and overview over the creative musings of "Blue" Gene Tyranny between 1963 and 2019 and his more than half a century spanning career but also an entirely new album on its own. Or both if you will. With a runtime of more than six - 6 (sic!) - hours making it impossible to provide a detailed track by track review but to at least a roughly outline the wide range of sonic goodness on "Degrees Of Freedom Found" the musical arch reaches from smokey, inward-looking late night BarJazz solo piano improvisations to more theoretical, conceptual piano works, beautifully floating ChillOut- / Balearic-leaning pieces like in the "Dreamtime"-cycle, captivating big band arrangements, scenic Spoken Word poetry accompanied by piano and atmospheres, crystalline Ambient passages and of course references of Modern Classical / Contemporary Classical music as well as, wait for it, Country, Easy Listening and swinging Psychedelia-infused Synth Boogie episodes in the 26 minutes spanning "Barn Fever" as well as crackly, cinematic DarkAmbient in tunes like "Driving Music" to touch only on a few sonic realms, alongside many more, this box set features. Only one word needed: Monolithic.

Box artwork on Instagram!


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