Sunday, January 25, 2009

Marc Norgaard - Tolerance (feat. Brett Garsed, Tobias Hurwitz & Frank Gambale)

Maryland-based drummer Marc Norgaard has released his debut solo album Tolerance (Call Sign Records). This collection of progressive-rock and jazz fusion instrumentals features an impressive array of great musicians. Joining Norgaard on this release are Brett Garsed (Planet X, Uncle Moe's Space Ranch), Frank Gambale (Chick Corea, Nu Alliance), and Tobias Hurwitz (National Guitar Workshop) on guitars, Steve Hunt (Allan Holdsworth, Stanley Clarke) on piano, and Dave DeMarco (Oblivion Sun) on bass and baritone guitar. Norgaard wrote and arranged all the songs, handles all drums and percussion, and plays some additional guitar, piano, and bass. Though there's a definite jazz vibe on many of these songs, overall we would classify "Tolerance" as a progressive-rock album. However, this isn't prog rock in the Planet-X or Liquid Tension Experiment sense. The abundant use of piano and shimmering clean-toned guitar parts give the album a unique flavor. For the most part, the melodies are fairly upbeat, and the instrumentation is bright and airy. And nearly every tune uses an odd meter of some sort, at some point. Even though Norgaard is a drummer, their aren't a lot of overt drum solos on this disc. However, the drum parts on every tune are highly intricate, and really provide the foundation for each piece. From a melodic standpoint, the music on Tolerance relies heavily on the guitar, and Norgaard chose some top-notch players to help him with that cause.

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Anonymous February 28, 2011 at 8:47 AM  

Awesome CD!

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