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Jack Foster III - Evolution of JazzRaptor

Jack Foster III - Evolution of JazzRaptorThere is not much background information on young singer/guitarist, Jack Foster III, to be found on the Internet but there’s sure to be more following his debut release, Evolution Of JazzRaptor.

Jack may be relatively unknown but most will have heard of Magellan’s Trent Gardner and Robert Berry, both of whom join Jack on this album, plus a number of guest musicians on certain tracks.

The initial few bars of the opening track, Bohemian Soul, would appear to have a Donald Fagen/Steely Dan influence which, though brilliant, would not truly fit in with Musea’s ‘file under progressive’ instructions on the reverse of the sleeve.  But like many of today’s innovative musicians, Jack Foster is no slave to the music genre game.

Evolution Of JazzRaptor, to use the English middle-class sensitive variation of the American vernacular, kicks bottom.  Jack draws on jazz, funk, rock, metal along with a large dose of progressive rock hitting on riffs and melodies that one would assume are influenced to some extent by both Trent and Robert.

Careful intense listeners should be able to detect other influences such as Jethro Tull, ELP and Gentle Giant.  These influences may be subtle but they are there.  The free-flow jazz which features heavily in the closing track Nirvana In The Notes eases into a Spock’s Beard style vocal harmony towards the end adding yet another influence.

Evolution is an exceptionally easy album to get into from the first spin and an excellent debut.  Not being au fait with Jack’s musical background and tastes apart from what can be detected from this album, I could be wrong but wonder if he might become the new Kevin Gilbert (musically only I hope!).  The hallmarks are there, and that cannot be a bad thing.

Jem Jedrzejewski

Jack Foster III

Musea

 

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