Cameron Graves
Seven
Mack Avenue, 2021

February 27, 2021

Seven is Cameron Graves’ second album.

American visionary keyboardist, composer, and founding member of WCGD, Cameron Graves, released his debut album “Planetary Prince” in 2017 for Mack Avenue. Four years later, the same American label will release the sequel to that record, entitled “Seven”.

Graves himself defines his music as “thrash-jazz”, that is, a mix of his classical music studies and his youth listening to groups such as Pantera, Slipknot and Meshuggah. In fact, the album moves in a typically jazz-rock area, but with even more aggressive rhythms.

 

Songs like “Sacred Spheres”, “Paradise Trinity”, “The Life Carries” or “Super Universe” are characterized by fast times, odd meters and a remarkable executive ferocity. Virtually the entire disc follows this intense aesthetic, with the exception of the title track (played on a more moderate tempo) and the ballad for solo piano “Fairytales”.

The record is particularly original, very well played (the group featurees Colin Cook on guitar, Max Gerl on bass and Mike Mitchell on drums, as well as guest Kamasi Washington on sax) and extremely enjoyable, especially if you love the mix of different elements and unexpected sounds.
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