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Crossover Prog • United States


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THEO: Formed by world reknown keyboardist Jim ALFREDSON (ORGANISSIMO, DIRTY FINGERS, Janiva MAGNESS, Greg NAGY BAND, ROOT DOCTOR), THEO harkens back to the keyboard-centric superbands of the 1970s like YES, GENESIS, and EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER, but with a distinctly modern and bold approach.

ALFREDSON is joined by bassist Gary DAVENPORT (805 BAND, Janiva MAGNESS) drummer Kevin DEPREE (SOUND IS RED, Greg NAGY BAND) and guitarist Jake REICHBART. The eponymous debut album features six tracks including an epic 30 minute opening suite.

Jim ALFREDSON is best known for his work with acclaimed jazz trio ORGANISSIMO and is considered among the best Hammond organists working today. As Downbeat magazine wrote, ?ALFREDSON is a remarkable organist who seamlessly synthesizes several generations of keyboard influences?? Keyboard magazine, in reviewing ORGANISSIMO?s album Alive & Kickin?, wrote that ALFREDSON ?successfully walk[s] the line between complex and accessible??

With THEO, ALFREDSON brings his considerable musicianship to bear on his first love, progressive rock. As ALFREDSON explains: ?I grew up listening to Peter GABRIEL, GENESIS, YES, JETHRO TULL, KING CRIMSON, GENTLE GIANT? all the classic prog bands. I even made my own prog ?album? when I was 16 that I passed out to friends and family. But then I was bitten by the jazz bug and dedicated the next 17 years of my life to figuring out that music. Surprisingly, that education paved the road back to progressive music, back to my love of synthesizers and exploring different musical forms. I feel like my musical journey has brought me full circle.?


THEO also represents a return to the concept of the keyboardist as a vital and irreplaceable part of the group, rather than a mere sideman. ?Most prog these days is metal-based,? says ALFREDSON, ?and there?s nothing wrong with that. But I feel like it?s past time keyboardists get our due again. My primary influence is Tony BANKS ; his melodicism, his understatedness, his lyricism, and his use of timbre. There?s a time and a place for flashiness and there?s a time and place for subtlety. THEO is a manifestation of that belief. It should be about the song first, putting that song within a certain atmosphere, and then exploring.?

THEO?s intrepid and dynamic music is paired with auspicious lyrical themes of corporatization, consumerism, loss of innocence, exile, and the obsession with celebrity. Lead vocals are handled by ALFREDSON him...
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3.94 | 13 ratings
The Game Of Ouroboros
2014

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 The Game Of Ouroboros by THEO album cover Studio Album, 2014
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The Game Of Ouroboros
THEO Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars US band THEO is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Jim Alfredson, who appears to be a better-known name in jazz circles than he is in rock music. "The Game of Ouroboros" is his first attempt at creating a progressive rock album; it was released through the German label Generation Prog Records following a three-year long creation cycle.

Theo has released a rather stunning debut album with "The Game of Ouroboros". The futuristic first half and the standalone compositions in the second half all explore different varieties of vintage, '70s-oriented progressive rock, and do so in an accomplished and well thought out manner. Alfredson's jazz background does shine through, as jazz-oriented details are a recurring feature throughout, but while this is a much used flavoring it is still just that. The main dish here is progressive rock, and it is a very well made one at that.

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