CHAMELEON Luminous morning

by Mellow Records MMP341

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about

The Chameleon are Swedish band,
and was created by Arne Johansson
as his side project when still working
with Holy River Family Band.

Arne Jonasson plays guitar, bass and keyboards
while Patrik Sundqvist propels their compositions
with powerhouse percussion.
The album opens at a cracking pace with
"Recipe for a charm".
It is fast and dense and would be in good
company with Alan Holdsworth or
Bill Conners (Return To Forever).

The fourth track, "The Cow" the pace is a
little mellower and one can hear some hints
of other melodic influences; a few phrases
vaguely recalled fellow Swedish instrumentalist
Bo Hansson.

Indeed the next piece, "Soaring Woodhelven"
seems to reference Tolkein and Hansson's
70's albums.
But this is definitely contemporary.

Title track "The Luminous Morning" is a more
reflective piece which comes as something
of a relief after all the flying fretwork.
There is also a slow blues
"(Blues for the) Keeper of the Possible"
that works effectively by way of contrast.

The album finishes as it began,
with furious drums and virtuoso guitar
playing on "Do you know the colours?

There is a lot of music on this album:
14 tracks and 73 minutes of it.
All of it is expertly played and
beautifully recorded.

credits

released October 15, 1999

Line-up:

Arne Jonasson
bass, guitars, keyboards,
sitar on "The Luminous morning"

Patrick Sundqvist
drums and percussion

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