MP3 Pinnacle - A Man's Reach...
Pinnacle is a power trio that plays melodic Progressive Rock having musical hooks and natural sounding time changes. "The music brings to mind early Enchant meets early Yes." -Prognosis
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Pinnacle - Purveyors of Progressive Rock in a power trio format hailing from the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania.
Pinnacle''s roots go back to 1997 when Greg Jones met Karl Eisenhart. Karl recalls,
"I was playing a gig in a coffee house with my acoustic duo, Red. There was a loud, rowdy guy sitting right in front of me as the sun set in my eyes. When I could finally make out some details, I saw that the guy was wearing a Steve Morse Tee shirt. Instantly, I was on my best musical behavior because this HAD to be someone who knew if I was faking it. Afterwards, we struck up a conversation which lasted until the wee hours of the morning... standing in the street in a not-so-hot section of town."
Soon after that, Karl and Greg started playing together, going through a variety of other band members in the process. Eventually, they found a bass player who sang. The trio played maybe a dozen gigs over the period of a year and a half, first under the name Dread Pirate Roberts (which proved to be too obscure and too easy for bar owners to screw up) and later as Landslide. The bassist departed and the search was on again. Enter Bill Fox. Karl had known him for a while but just never made the connection that he might be the right guy for the job until sometime in early 2002.
After the three players got together once, it was obvious that the combination was a good one. Everyone involved was pulling in the same direction and it just WORKED. They set to the task of learning a bunch of Progressive and Classic Rock covers by bands such as Yes, Rush, Jethro Tull and The Police to gain some experience playing together. This also allowed them to fully explore just how many different things were musically possible in a three-piece band.
The band''s musical goal is to write reasonably accessible songs that are firmly rooted in the best Progressive Rock traditions. The three members have influences which are wildly different in most cases, but with certain obvious overlaps.
Greg Jones (drums) favors the experimental and dissonant textures and sharp, angular rhythmic ideas of bands like King Crimson and the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the darker side of Spock''s Beard. He also possesses a keen ear for harmony and melody and has an ability to hear how seemingly incongruous parts can be made to fit together.
Bill Fox (bass, guitars, saxophones, synthesizers, vocals) comes to the band from a widely varied background. He has a well developed pop-sense which comes from being a rabid Beatles fan, but also spends a great deal of time working in the area of Electronic and Ambient music with one of his other bands, Xeroid Entity. Bill is a multi-instrumentalist who has a tremendous understanding of music theory. Bill is currently working with a few other bands, all in completely different musical areas.
Karl Eisenhart (guitars, synthesizers, vocals) brings a more guitar-oriented influence to the band. His writing and playing are heavily influenced by Rush and the Steve Morse Band, but also by his love for a well-crafted pop song. Seal, Joe Jackson and Til'' Tuesday are personal favorites, along with groups like Marillion and Jethro Tull, who typify the more melodic and song-oriented spectrum of the Progressive Rock genre. He currently plays in two acoustic duos and made a living for a while playing in a variety/party band.
Together, the three create a musical blend that, regardless of whether there is ever any money or world-wide fame to be had, is the sum of what they love about music. This can be heard on "A Man''s Reach..." and on their next release, due sometime in 2006. The title is "Meld."
"...A Man''s Reach remains a good overall listen and announces Pinnacle to be a band worth watching for."
"Pinnacle - A Man''s Reach (EverythingToExcess Productions):
I was on line to get tickets for NEARFest 2004. I had been talking on & off to the guy behind me in line - a drummer named Greg Jones. He gave me this CD EP of his band & I was worried. He''s a great guy & what if the CD wasn''t good? No matter what, I''m 100% straight up in all my reviews! Thankfully, this is a pretty damned good lil CD!
"Pinnacle is a bass/guitar/drums trio playing fierce prog fusion. Jones & his cohorts Karl Eisenhart on guitar & Bill Fox on bass are excellent players. They have the playing chops, but more importantly, they have the writing chops to boot. "Unsung Hero" (Jones'' nod to Steve Morse) and "Lifeboat" are solid stuff and there''s even a fun version of Jethro Tull''s "Minstrel In The Gallery" thrown in for good measure. Tighten up the vocals a bit & this is a trio to contend with! A great beginning!"
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