by Mike Greenblatt
Fans of Norah Jones, Beck, Sting and Todd Rundgren have heard Lyle Workman. Those who saw such movies as Superbad, The 40-Year Old Virgin and Forgetting Sarah Marshall have heard his soundtracks. Now prog-rockers can thrill to the instrumental opulence of Uncommon Measures (Blue Canoe Records). Four years in the making, recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with a 63-piece orchestra, the guitarist/keyboardist/composer/producer even uses a six-person choir to get his sonic landscapes perfect. Plus, it certainly helps to have A-List musicians who have played with Bruce, Zappa, Joni, Dylan, Bowie and Clapton. Opening with the slam-bang 9:18 “North Star,” the nine tracks meander through fusion, classical and progressive-rock like a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. Highlight? The 10:26 “Arc Of Life” goes through a litany of circuitous changes.