The Game Of Ouroboros
Big O Records 2015
Review by David Bowling
Jim Alfredson is one of the more accomplished Hammond organists on the music scene today. his career has taken a number of twists and turns. He served as the keyboardist and music director for the rhythm and blues band Root Doctor, 1999-2009. Concurrently he formed the jazz trio “organissimo” in 2000, which has released five albums to date. He spent four years, 2010-2014, touring with blues singer Janiva Magness. Now he has embarked on a new journey.
He gathered a backing band of bassist Gary Davenport, drummer Kevin DePree, and guitarist Jake Reichart to support his keyboards, vocals, and songwriting and recorded a progressive rock album. He named the band Theo and so the Game Of Ouroboros was born.
The album is a throwback to classic progressive rock of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Alfredson, on Hammond organ, acoustic piano, and synthesizers, keeps his keyboards out front. The length of the songs runs from about seven minutes to over 13, which allows him time to explore the melodies at length.
Tracks such as “The Blood That Floats My Throne,” “Creatures Of Our Comfort,” “Idle Worship,” and the title track have a depth of textures that require repeated listens. The most riveting track is “The Blood That Floats My Throne,” which is built upon the sound of a pipe organ.
Jim Alfredson has created a majestic album of modern progressive rock, which bears homage to the format’s classic period. It is an album that will take you away and let your mind wander.