Band: Gleb Kolyadin
CD Title: Gleb Kolyadin
Label: Kscope Records (2018)
Rating: Classical Prog with a piano focus
This is the first solo release from Russian piano virtuoso Gleb Kolyadin and thereís some really intriguing music on this self-titled disc. Clocking in at fifty-five minutes, these thirteen mostly instrumental compositions cover a lot of ground but the focus is steady on Glebís piano work. The overriding feel is one of classically influenced Progressive Rock that may remind you of Keith Emersonís work. The album features a number of high-profile guests including: Gavin Harrison (King Crimson / Porcupine Tree) on drums; Nick Beggs (Steven Wilson) on bass; Theo Travis (Robert Fripp / Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson) on flute and saxophone; the unmistakable voice and lyrics of Steve Hogarth (Marillion) alongside Mick Moss (Antimatter); and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on additional keys. With that line-up Gleb has composed thirteen tunes that each take on a different musical approach, some more rock flavoured, some more symphonic, some even a little jazzy but theyíre all linked by his piano performance. Itís his instrument of choice and he owns it proudly. The album has a rather soft and subdued feel and yet that kind of disguises the times where the music becomes more dramatic and loud. Prog fans of bands with a strong Classical influence like Trace, New Trolls, After Crying, Emerson, Lake & Palmer or even some of Keith Emersonís solo material and those who simply love the sound of the piano with find much to appreciate and enjoy on Gleb Kolyadinís first solo album. Well worth checking out for any number of reasons.