utorak, 23. lipnja 2015.

LEB I SOL - Ručni rad (1979)










































After two successfull albums LEB I SOL decided not to repeat the formula but to go into a deeper exploration of jazz. For the third album they almost abandoned the lyrics and invited a saxophone guest for two tracks. Vocals are present but except "Lenja pesma", an excellent even semi-commercial hit at the time, they were utilized as an instrument. Koki Dimuševski is more active than ever with his electric piano and plethora of synths, Vlatko Stefanovski's guitar technique is brought to perfect here,while rhythm section of Garo Tavitijan and Bodan Arsovski is impeccable as always. Macedonian folk is less present in favour of more "avant-garde" approach in a manner of jazz improvistions, so "Ručni rad" is not very accessible on the first listen. Production of Josip Boček is finally top notch for the time, the whole album carries the balanced sound of all instruments, perfectly arranged so you could get a sense of the band playing as a single body. Solos are rare but very effective and functional. All 7 tracks are perfect but obvious favorites would be "Lenja pesma" (lyrics as always by Goran Stefanovski, Vlatko's brother, who is a renowned Macedonian playright), Arsovski's title track "Ručni rad" with some beautiful fretless bass melody line and Stefanovski's "Kumova slama", one of the most memorable instrumentals of the former Yugo music scene, beautiful melody with emotional guitar solo weeping. However there is present a sort of optimistic, positive feeling in this composition. This is a true gem of ex-Yugo prog and probably the best fusion album of the era just before the coming of New Wave age. (review by Seyo)


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