Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Mahogany Frog Does Not Sound Wooden

Originally posted on August 18, 2008

The Canadian prog rock unit Mahogany Frog pushes forward in their 5th release DO 5 (MoonJune). Carrying a lineup of two guitars, bass, drums and the addition of two trumpets, with the former musicians doubling on keys, they rock out on nine selections that show a compositional and instrumental edginess that is obviously the product of plenty of woodshedding and thought.

There are ample musical reasons to place the unit at the forefront of bands that do not play a diluted form of jazz-fusion, but rather continue to build on the prog rock legacy. DO 5 should be heard by anyone with more than a passing fancy for what can be done today.

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