The Keyboard Circle
Kozmigroov Albums
The Keyboard Circle [678 Records, 1976]
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A wicked collaboration between Dutch keyboardists Rob Franken and Jan Huydts a set that has the pair of them really stretching out on Fender Rhodes, Arp, clavinet, and other keyboards with only a bit of drums to back them up! Yet although the set's got a really freewheeling sort of feel, it's never too jamming as both players have a strong inherent sense of rhythm that really keeps things on track a great little groove that makes for a wonderful little record one that comes off more like a familiar Fender Rhodes trio date than you might think! There's a nice degree of funk at points, but also some modal elements that really make the set cook a vibe that's right up there with the best MPS keyboard-heavy sets, such as the classic early work by George Duke although without any vocals here.