Leon : Pymlico is an instrumental progressive rock with jazz fusion band from Oslo, Norway, which is led by composer and drummer Arild Brøter. He started making music in 2009 and, along with some help from his brother and friends, released three albums since, ‘Inspirations’ (2011), ‘Directions’ (2012), and ‘Guiding Light’ (2014). At one point, Brøter also wanted to perform live and therefore decided to form a real band, since then a lot of live performances were given and new material was written. 'Nightscape' is the new album from the band and fell on my doormat for a review.
'Nightscape' is not an average album, nor could I mention a band that makes similar music as to what Pymlico makes. That said, I am not a big fan of instrumental progressive rock with jazz fusion, so my references are limited. Musically it reminds me a lot of Snarky Puppy who made an album with a 'smooth jazz' saxophonist and a progressive rock band. A very interesting combination but one that you should love to like. In any case, I can only praise the musicians of this band. They perform brilliantly and sound extremely professional, especially the guitars and the saxophone sound very good. With the solos there is no endless shredding on the guitar, there are only well written solos that make the song better. The songs themselves are good too, songs like 'Ghost Notes' and 'Gabacool' are well written and show how rock and jazz can come together. Songs like 'Room With A View', however, are a bit less appealing to me because this is just too much 'smooth jazz' for me and it becomes a bit dull for me. Fortunately, there are only a few songs to be found on the album.
All in all I have to say that 'Nightscape' has been surprisingly good. The songs are well written and the musicians deliver excellently. A great album from the Norwegians, I think people who like rock and jazz will definitely like this album.