Mike McLatchey 28-April-2001 Den Za Den

The 11 tracks on this Yugoslavian obscurity could easily have been outtakes from the second or third Iceberg album, the pulling together of extreme virtuosos on keys, guitar, drums, and bass to perform a pyrotechnic jazz rock of great vigor. Like Iceberg, Den Za Den were influenced by the fusion greats of the 70s like Return To Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Weather Report although the presence of Spanish melodies seem a bit unusual for a Yugoslavian group. As the album progresses, one can't help but be awestruck by the technical prowess here, particularly the drummer who literally rips and tears through the pieces as if possessed by the spirit of Billy Cobham. If you're a fan of synth and guitar solos over fluid fusion rhythms, this odd obscurity is surely worth the trouble finding.

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