If you enjoy great variety you might like Simon-McKechnie `s music and the album Retro as he offers an album that explore jazz, rock, folk and modern classic music.
Do you want some real, modern progressive music? The one that covers practically any musical ground, from folk, rock to jazz, and modern classical? Simon McKechnie is a composer, arranger, and musician, based in London, UK.
He was the leader of the jazz fusion group Azul whose 2004 tour with contemporary dancer Genevieve Grady was Guardian Jazz pick of the week. His 2011 release London Reborn is a collection of interpretations of old London folk songs.
He has written for BBC television, classical ensemble Golden Section and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, and written arrangements for Roberto Pla’s Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Simon-McKechnie have played in many various music genres and on Retro he combines all this and made a very fascinating and good album. Eight years ago Simon converted to prog with Clocks And Dark Clouds, and he followed it up with Newton’s Alchemy (2014) and From My Head to My Feet (2018).
McKechnie have Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton on the agenda so it`s no big surprise that he now explore the Charles Darwin universe!
The epic piece The Origin Of Species lasts for 21 minutes and the lyrics quotes from Charles Darwin’s key work and is very interesting track that not got lost and fall apart due to the length.
1. The Origin Of Species
3. The Enchantress of Number
4. The Return of the Beagle
Simon McKechnie – vocals, all instruments
Mike Flynn – guitar solos (1)
Adam Riley – drums (1, 2)
Richard Horton – operation of Babbage Difference Engine Number Two (3)