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Album Review

Billy Mahonie's smooth, midnight instrumentals feature bright, wandering guitar lines, rising bass layers, trumpet, and full, gritty rhythm guitar. The Billy Mahonie mood progresses from simple, accessible ditties into King Crimson-like hard prog and back on this album. The trumpet on two of the tracks comes from Ian Watson, who also helped write the pieces.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

British instrumental quartet Billy Mahonie traced its origins to 1994 and the first collaboration between guitarist Gavin Baker and drummer Howard Monk; the project proved short-lived, however, and both went their separate ways, playing in other bands over the next two years. Inspired by the emergence of the Chicago post-rock movement, in 1997 Baker and Monk reunited; after making a series of four-track recordings the duo recruited bassists Hywell Dinsdale and Kevin Penney, playing their first gig...
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