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Joel Hoekstra

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Joel Hoekstra's excellent guitar playing has brought him into Jim Peterik's (of Chicago) World Stage Band where he performed side by side with artists like Alan Parsons or Kip Winger. For his second solo effort he is backed by the rhythm talents of Virgil Donati (Planet X) and the stunningly fretless bass work of Ric Firabracci (Frank Gambale, Andy Summers).

"The Moon Is Falling" features a sort of thinking man's jazz-rock fusion where you constantly THINK to hear lots of keyboards. But a closer listen reveals that apart from very few tracks those sounds stem from Joel's brilliant voicings or the brasswork of Dan Cipriano. There's more technically oriented jazz-rock than fish in the sea, but this album is rather special in the way blues riffs melt into humorous citations from pop tunes in material as e.g. "Fire Island".

At times, the results sound as if Robert Fripp had payed the Muppet Show Band a visit: Rather demanding, but wonderful.

-Kristian Selm, Progressive Newsletter (translated from German to English)


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