by Paul Wilson
Michael Whalen – “Future Shock” Michael Whalen Music
Spanning a thirty-year career, Michael Whalen has composed music for advertising, television, film and video games. He is also a two-time Grammy winner with thirty-five recordings to his credit. He has served as executive producer for over a hundred recordings. Needless to say, a storied career. His lifelong dedication to jazz fusion and progressive rock is plainly evident on “Future Shock,” his latest release. I’m not normally given to electronica as a genre, but this was different. While there is a definite nod to long ago groups like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Whalen adds his own brand of fusion jazz with absolute keyboard mastery. The arrangements were tight and well thought out. At first listen, it might even sound somewhat improvised, but I felt like the melodies were tightly composed. “Future Shock” may be just that, a keyboard artist creating the music he enjoys most, and doing so in an innovative way.
Overall: 8.5 Sonics: 8