Theo Travis composes, plays tenor sax, flutes and Fender rhodes piano and with this fine trio of musicians, the four of them creates some really great instrumental prog/fusion music.
the opener "Fire Mountain" has all the trimmings of a great tight fusion theme, with plenty of complex time signatures and equal parts of great sax and lead guitar entry´s!
Tittle tune "Transgression" starts with a beautiful almost dreamy musical landscape, soon developing into some tighter up-tempo jazzy fusion, not unlike something from the 70´ scene a la Billy Cobham and or Stanley Clarke..or....well you get the picture !!
"Smokin´at Klooks" has a real blues feel to it, I actually thought of Fleetwood Mac in their heyday, when they were great and very much blues!! Especially I loved the guitar of Mike Outram (he is outstanding on the whole album).
I must say that this fine album is more jazz/fusion than prog and those whom have read my reviews will know by know that I am not that keen on jazz/fusion and or sax/horn etc. ridden music, with a few exceptions!
However this album grapped me and it is going to visit my cd-player ever so often again!
Produced by Travis himself, but mixed and mastered by the great Steven Wilson (yes it is he) so the sound is really perfect and quite honestly the music are great!!
So, a fine varied instrumental album, that has its moments, not least thanks to the masterful guitarplay from Mike Outram! But I must also mention: Pete Whittakers organ and Nic France´s drums.
There you go, hopefully you got an idea of what to expect ?! Give it a whirl why dont you?
You might like what you hear!