What do you get when you take five percussionists and put them together? Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks. I have to say I’m not a huge fan of drum solos, but this is an interesting disc. It never gets boring or feels repetitive because each piece has its own flavor. I suppose it’s probably more jazz than progressive rock, but I’ve included it under that heading because of the presence of Bill Bruford.
Track by Track Review
Travel Light This starts off much more subtly. Tuned percussion rises gradually upward as this takes on a rather tribal sound. This cut is a lot mellower and more atmospheric, but there’s also a lot of melody built into it.
Self Portrait Not really melodic, this has a less insistent rhythm than the opener did. It seems to have a jazz element to it, but also a tribal one.
As the title suggests we get a voice on this number. It’s a non-lyrical vocal – a bit like scat singing, but more like a rhythmic instrument.
Complex Transactions Another with a lot of melody (provided by tuned percussion) this is pretty and it’s hard to believe that it’s all percussion instrumentation.
Groove Oddity The title suggests a groove and, in fact, this one does groove. It’s far more purely percussive and in some ways more like the opening piece – although it’s less aggressive.
Lumina Ambient and spacey, this is rather like something you might hear from King Crimson.
Irreversible Strictly percussive, this has the feel of a person drumming on a street corner. There are some incidental sounds in the mix that seem to add to this effect.
Prism More tribal in nature, this is a pretty solid percussion solo. There’s not really much melodic sound here, but lots of rhythmic textures.
Full On II We get something that’s not that different from much of the other material here in terms of description. Of course, when you are dealing with a percussion only album, that’s to be expected.
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