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Thursday, 1 September 2016

MJ12 US review

 http://www.antimusic.com/reviews/16/Prog_Edition-_Gong,_MJ12,_Armonite.shtml


MJ12
(Self-titled)

Gonzo Multimedia

Fans of the late lamented jazz fusion/prog band Brand X can rejoice at MJ12, the latest project from Brand X bass man Percy Jones. Here Jones is joined by guitarist David Phelps, sax player Chris Bacas and drummer Stephen Moses for a set of fusion with proggy twists that should satisfy Brand X fans; Bacas' fluttering sax riffs in the midsection of opening cut "Call 911" are a perfect example of how the music here goes beyond the anticipated. "Talk Time" features Jones playing probing bass riffs over a music bed that recalls a signal from space; not too surprising since the band takes their name from Majestic 12, the government-sponsored group that supposedly investigated UFO sightings in the late '40s. Space-related or not, everything here is instrumental, so the listener can choose whatever path is desired when listening to the jazz jam "Magic Mist," the funk-infused groove "Guns and Pussy" or the sublime "Bad American Dream Pt. 2."

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Percy Jones (born December th, 1947 near Llandrindod Wells, Wales) is a Welsh bass guitarist, and was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X from 1974 to 1980, as well as a reformed version that lasted ..


Percy Jones (born 3 December 1947 near Llandrindod Wells, Wales) is a Welsh bass guitarist, and was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X, from 1974 to 1980, and..

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