Despite its twenty years of existence, the Japanese band Mongol was able to record one album only… But what an album! Today reissued by the Musea label, this "Doppler 444" (1997) makes us travel between creative jazz-rock fusion and Zeuhl music. The eighteen minutes of "Greatful Paradise" are just stunning, including the influences of Weldorje, Magma, Art Zoyd and Univers Zero, assimilated with power and strength. The rest of the album is made of brilliant symphonic instrumentals, worthy of Ain Soph or Kenso, enlightened by the skills of keyboardist Takeshi Yasumoto and guitarist Hirofumi Miloma. To conclude, this reissue is augmented by three very good live bonus-tracks.
Abel published quite a few chamber works with flute, meeting the demand for new music by the many gentleman flutists in England. The flute concertos contained here, despite their opus number, were never published, but are found in a manuscript held in Leipzig which can be dated prior to 1759. Stylistically these works have left the Baroque far behind, with regular phrases, simple basses , broad harmonic movement. The melodies make ample use of lombardic rhythms and syncopations and the florid passaggi sparkles with triplets and scalar passages in sixteenths. Though there are occasional harmonic complications which recall Abel's background, the overall tone here is that of the Enlightenment. Who can Abel have written these works for?