Saturday, November 26, 2016

Marakesh - 1976 - Marakesh


01. Will She Come — 7:31
02. Autumn-DY 49 — 8:56
03. Moonshadows — 1:36
04. I Will Stay — 5:55
05. Sentimental Dream — 4:22
06. Hounted Man — 7:40
07. Will You Do It — 7:37

Jan van Dongen — organ, piano, strings, vocals
Evert Houtman – guitar
Dick de Jong — saxophone, lute, vocals
Wout Prins — bass, vocals
Ronnie Willemse – guitar
Dave in ‘t Veld – trumpet
Henk Zijderveld — drums, percussion

Marakesh is a band that came from Dordrecht and was formed in 1970 by Jan Plomp (drums), George Amelung (guitar, vocals), Wijnand Zijlmans (guitar, vocals), Zeeger Roobel (alt sax) and Dick de Jong (tenor sax). During their existence they suffered many line up changes. In 1976 they recorded an album. It consisted of long, dreamy symphonic tracks with jazzy influences. After the album was released, the band changed more towards a jazz rock band. In 1978 the band ended. One track of this new direction ended up on the sampler "Drechtstreek": Hot Flushes.

A pleasant, inoffensive primarily instrumental mid 70s progressive rock album. Reminds me a lot of the German bands of the era like Indigo and Fly. Especially the latter, given the saxophone presence. Keyboards are a string synth of some kind. What gives Marakesh a slight edge over their German brethren (in this genre anyway) is some inspired (and amplified) electric guitar work, and an occasional horn rock move with trumpet as a lead. The Dutch duo of related bands Mirror and Lethe are also benchmarks, though Marakesh weren't quite the masters of melody as those groups. One can see the transition from the early groups like Pantheon, Cargo and Earth & Fire to Marakesh and then onto the proto neo-progressive groups like Saga, a style that seemed to be an enormous influence on all modern era Dutch groups

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