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The Heavy Soul Sessions

a Studio release
Djam Karet

Release Year: 2010

Date Label Catalog # Comments
17 Oct 2010 HC Productions HC015
Cureiform Records
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 10/13/2010 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/15/2010 5:53:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Hungry Ghost (8:32)
  2. The Red Threaded Sexy Beast (12:42)
  3. The Packing House (12:56)
  4. Consider Figure Three (9:48)
  5. Dedicated To KC (9:48)
  6. The Gypsy And The Hegemon (10:55)
Gayle Ellett
Analog and Digital Keyboards
Mike Henderson
Electric Guitars and Effects
Aaron Kenyon
Electric 5-string Bass and Effects
Mike Murray
Electric Guitars and Effects
Chuck Oken, Jr
Drums, Loops

Reviewed by MJBrady on 03 Sep 2011

Djam Karet has survived through 2 decades by releasing their own innovative style of mostly instrumental progressive music. Their music can be trippy, spacial, and atmospheric.  And at the same time, edgy, heavy,  and complex.  They are staffed with two guitarists, a bassist, keyboardist, and drummer, all of which work together to create the Djam Karet experience. References to the Ozric Tentacles are valid, however, Djam Karet creates a far more complicated mixture to their jams, one could make the comparison of having The Ozrics mixed with the Red era of King Crimson, and a hint of Floyd. The Heavy Soul Sessions sees them at their very best.  Having followed the band since their beginnings, when prog was dead, I always enjoyed hearing what the Cunieform label had to offer during the lean periods between the 70's and mid 90's. 

This is quite a nice offering from them, and a natural progression from the bands long list of releases.  The recording quality is nice, and the musicians are in what sounds to be their best form. For instrumental progressive rock Djam Karet sets the table for what always makes for an interesting sound adventure. They, like many bands have a formula, as well as an identity, so if you know them, well, this is simply more of that, and just a bit better than the previous works.