There are a couple of songs, "Spiral Sky" and "Little Bear," where the band really gels and everyone seems to be on the same page, playing as a cohesive unit and letting loose to provide listening pleasure on a higher level. The song "Spiral Sky," one of the jazz/rock fusion numbers, is a high energy tune with bassist Paul Gehman and guitarist David Joel sounding at their best. The song also features some pretty intense, yet tasteful synthesizer keyboard playing care of John Stenger. Drummer Dan Monaghan is performing well, an on the beat, straight ahead, driving drummer. The song builds to a grand climax and finds Monaghan letting go with some inspired playing.
"Little Bear" is a beautiful melody in a blues based groove with Stenger leading the rhythm section with a laid back feel while David Joel free flows through an enchanting guitar solo that leads into a keyboard break, sounding similar to a set of vibes. Joel comes back in for the ending and lays down some nice single note riffs before the final melodic chord.
"Other Side Of The Sun" starts out with a repeating guitar lick in a moderate tempo, it changes after four bars to an open, sustained chord that is allowed to distort, the song returns to this previously introduced rhythm and gradually builds to a song that allows drummer Dan Monaghan to break out with some more inspired drumming. Guitarist Joel and drummer Monaghan trade off in the most energetic, rock-fusion inspired track of the recording. The other members of the quartet are in support mode behind the two soloists.
If you like solid guitar playing, a powerful back up band and a fusion style, then check out Spiral Sky.