Cynara - Cynara - Capitol 1970

Cynara - front cover

front cover

Cynara - rear cover

rear cover


Music - 3 stars

Cynara is one of those interesting jazz-rock fusion albums that appeared in the late 1960's early 1970's from bands like "The Flock" , "If", or "Manfred Mann's Chapter 3". This one focuses on the Kieth Emerson like keyboards of M. Tschudin.

The first side is song-form oriented with the blues influenced vocals of Jeffery Watson and could have been improved in several cases with stronger material but the second side really opens up and demonstrates on two songs what this band could do. "Mermaid Song" is a light jazzy tune with vibes and "Lullaby for CIA" a jazz instrumental with stunning keyboard improvisation and the great Evlin Jones on drums.