MICHAEL ZENTNER

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Guitarist/violinist Michael Zentner was a founding member of The Muffins (he appears on Chronometers) and left before the best-known period of their work (when they went from a 5 piece to a 4 piece and added drummer Paul Sears). He did a bunch of musical work in the mid/late 1970s and found himself in NYC for a few years where he worked on this, his first solo album. Appearing on it is a pretty amazing cast of guests: Daevid Allen, Bill Bacon, George Bishop, Peter Blegvad, Carla Bley, Alan Braufman, Kenwood Denard, Fred Frith, John Greaves, Lisa Herman, Percy Jones, Hansford Rowe, Frank Wyatt and a few others. It's less than the sum of those amazing parts of course - if it was greater than the sum, then it would be the greatest album in the world!

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MICHAEL ZENTNER Present Time album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Present Time
Jazz Related Rock 1983
MICHAEL ZENTNER Playtime album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Playtime
Jazz Related Rock 1995

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MICHAEL ZENTNER Present Time

Album · 1983 · Jazz Related Rock
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If this site were a rock site I'd definitely give this album 5 stars. It does fit squarely into the jazz related rock subgenre, however this recording is Zentner's attempt to add his fingerprints to the progressive rock fueled Canterbury canon. As founding member of seminal U.S. artists the Muffins, Michael left before their late 70 masterpiece of the Canterbury style, Manna/Mirage, was recorded and released.

This album has one of the most diverse, eclectic, and talented artists I've ever seen on an album from one artist in this style of music. One look from a progressive music fan at the list of musicians reveals several giants of the genre. It even features saxaphone from jazz legend Carla Bley, who was quite well established as of this recording.

It's tough to find, but if you like adventurous rock with a jazz undercurrent, you should check this one out. The obscurity factor is off the charts as well. This recording deserves to be at least as well known as lesser Canterbury bands like Ain Soph or Picchio Dal Pozzo. Present Time really is a lost classic that deserves a wider audience.

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