BAND AND RECORD OF THE MONTH
For those who don't know Colin Tench, here is a short description about his musical career. Today he is a veteran musician, a painter of music where his guitar is the brush and the canvas, his inspiration. Colin started to play guitar after his 22 years old. So he started playing guitar in some bands, also recording with some of them, Odin and BunChakeze, during the 80's. After a long period traveling around the world, Colin met a Finnish keyboard player named Pasi Koivu, who became interested in old musical works and compositions written by Colin Tench. So was this partnership that was born the band Corvus Stone. But it was between 2011 and 2012 that Corvus Stone released their debut album, including bassist Petri Lindström with drummer Robert Wolff. Being considered as an innovative guitarist Colin Tench is invited to participate in other bands like The Minstrel's Ghost, Blake Carpenter and Oceans 5. Colin is an innovative and audacious musician, mixes various rhythms and styles in a highly personalized merger, he performes a style very well connected with many musical references such as Symphonic Progressive Rock, Prog Metal, Symphonic Metal, Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Classic Music. "Hair in a G-String" is a totally concept album, also the first solo album project by the guitarris Colin Tench, and his guests, a complete "galaxy" of musicians, renowned stars such as Peter Jones, Steve Gresswell, Stephen Speelman, Phil Naro, Sean Filkins, Gordon Bennett and others. "Hair in a G-String" contains fifteen tracks and one bonus track, over 80 minutes of a pure musical emotion, no doubt, all tracks have an excellent musical performance. The arrangements sounds very impressive, full of grandiose passages, the instrumentation displays a deep Progressive Rock feeling, combining Symphonic elements, with hints of Hard Rock, Classic Rock and Prog Metal, constantly is possible hear a variety of sounds, with different musical arrangements, using atmospheric synths and, intense guitar solos, adorned by many others instruments like bass, synths, violin, drums and so on. "Hair in a G-String" is composed of many brilliant moments that deserve to be heard by all of fans of modern, as well the traditional progressive rock. Colin Tench Project and "Hair in a G-String" were my choices to become the best band and the best album from October, 2016, because this is a fantastic project that shows a very strong musical potential, mainly by meeting so many exceptional musicians, not only the talent of leader Colin Tench, as well as by guest musicians, where each has an important role in the overall contest on this work. Do not think twice to listen to this wonderful album and know more about this musician and his stars guests musicians, you can bet that you will not regret. Brilliant and fantastic, an amazing album and band, highly recommendable...
line-up on Colin Tench Project are:
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Who the hell is Colin Tench?
Colin tench, Corvus Stone, Lorelei McBroom, Joe Vitale, Ginger Gilmour, Oceans 5, Mingulay boatsong, CTP, Pink Floyd, Bentley T 1969, Ibanez double neck, BunChakeze, Colin Tench with tourbus.
Known as the guitar player in Corvus Stone but there is more! I love music. I hate music by numbers. If there is one album I consider to be a template of how to do things, The Beatles White album would be it. Something I realised recently, is that I am not a fan of the genre we call "Prog". If I list every piece of music I love, all of it falls in to that genre tho'!
There is a reason. Almost none of my favourite music was aimed at a prog market. It didn't exist! Did Genesis, Zappa, Steven Wilson, Beethoven, Pink Floyd design prog albums? Nope!
Neither will I ever want to.
The Colin Tench Project is not a designer album. It is melodic, much of it instrumental music & almost classical in areas, then suddenly a bit mad for fun. The players and singers on the first album include Peter Jones (Tiger Moth Tales & Camel), Petri Lindström (Corvus Stone), Phil Naro (DDrive & Julian Lennon), Vic Tassone (Unified Past) plus many more. All of them very musical and skilled. I would say that my guitar playing is always flawed. Maybe that is the secret.
In the mixing , I don't quantise or use any technology that will take the character out. I hate music made artificially loud, rarely buy it and certainly won't do that to music myself. I started out in a band called Odin, alongside John Culley (Black Widow, Cressida), and we gigged around London for 3 years in the 80s.
In 1985, three of us formed BunChakeze, found a singer from LA and recorded one album, which never got released until 2010. I effectively returned to music that year and a list of some of the bands I have had the fortune to be involved with are as follows:
CORVUS STONE - Almost totally instrumental. Progressive and atmospheric with jazz funk leanings. Three albums released between 2012 & 2015, featuring Sean Filkins (Big Big Train), Phil Naro (Druckfarben), German Vergara (Aisles) John Culley (Cressida)
THE MINSTREL'S GHOST - Featuring Zoltan Csörsz Jr (Flower Kings) on drums. I played guitars on Blake Carpenter's "The road to Avalon". Released in 2012
ANDY JOHN BRADFORD'S OCEAN'S 5 - A kind of Progressive Folk 5 piece with special guests, including Pink Floyd's Lorelei McBroom. "Return to Mingulay" was released in 2013. Guitars, Arrangements and Production.
BUNCHAKEZE - Was formed with Gary Derrick and Cliff Deighton of Odin. The album "Whose Dream" recorded 1985, released 2010.
ODIN OF LONDON - Gigged in London for 3 years. Digital album release 2011 "The London Tapes"
MURKY RED - Stef Flaming's band, a regular guest with Corvus Stone & bass player in Oceans 5. I mixed both albums.
KARIBOW - Featuring Michael Sadler (Saga). I played lead guitar on one song!
ANDRES GUAZZELLI & COLIN TENCH - 12 minute EP Progressive/Classical rock. released 2013
RAILS - With Stef Flaming (Murky Red, Oceans 5),
Moulder and Special guest on drums - Joe Vitale (Joe Walsh,
"Hair in a G-String"
Hair in a G-String
"Hair in a G-String" could be labelled Prog before there was Prog. Split this into the written piece "Hair in a G-String" (about 46 minutes) & "Songs not in G" (About 36 minutes) and you'd have a prog album and a melodic rock album I guess. We didn't do that. We mixed it up. See it as musical interludes between the main action. All Artwork by Sonia Mota.
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