“Jazz-rock — big in the 1970s, but rarely cool since Wynton Marsalis championed all things unplugged — nonetheless continues to prosper quietly”, writes John Bungey for The Times in the opening paragraph of his review of Michael J. Bolton’s epic “Earthrise”, already available on vinyl and with you this Friday (August 30th) on CD, too.

John writes of “that rarest of things“, a jazz concept album, a 50th anniversary tribute to the Apollo 11 mission, while agreeing that most of its “buoyant, funky music” stands up well without over-recourse to “Neil, Buzz or zero gravity”.

John sums up:

“Bolton writes effective melodies and has assembled some first-rate soloists, including Tim Garland on soprano saxophone and Mike Walker, supplier of supple guitar fills. Bolton’s liquid fretless bass supercharges a project whose glossy production and cosmic ambitions will also attract prog-rock fans.”

★★★☆☆

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