NY/NJ based prog-rock band IZZ continues breaking new ground
for the genre with their ninth album, the 2019 CD release of Dont
Panic. Kicking off with the title track, the 5-track,
44 minute Dont Panic features several extended play tracks,
including the 18-minute album centerpiece called 42, a
song dedicated to Brooklyn Dodgers baseball icon Jackie Robinson.
Also worth hearing is the orchestral flair of the 2-part title track
which is brilliantlly connected to the CD-closer Age Of Stars,
and a surperbly executed, YES-inspired, 10-minute instrumental tour-de-force
called Moment Of Inertiathe latter a fiery track
that all but establishes IZZ as a formidable jazz-rock fusion band.
Guitarist Paul Bremer plays brilliantly on the entire album
and even gets to shine on his own with the solo acoustic guitar venture
called Six String Theory. Brothers Tom Galgano (keys,
vocals) and John Galgano (guitars, keys, vocals) produced
and engineered Dont Panic while IZZ vocalists Laura
Meade and Anmarie Byrnes also sound in fine form here,
with drums handled by Brian Coralian and Greg Dimiceli.
Theres plenty of tastefully produced and executed music on Dont
Panic to please long time fans as well as newcomers to the ongoing
IZZ phenomenon. www.izzmusic.com