Harmonie (France) no. 58 (December 2006), p. 41


Ed Macan should not judge his renown to be so extensive, even if he is recognized by the majority of the world's fanzines and progressive music web sites.   It is maybe because he proposes to us this double album that is essentially a resumé of his three discs.   It includes nineteen compositions extracted from Hermetic Science (1997), Prophesies (1999), and En Route (2001), divided equally.   But, as it should be, totally remixed, remastered , and with an attractive booklet in order to make it better.   This musician, equally a rock critic and an author of books on the progressive movement, has demystified the music of ELP upon the basis of a simple piano and of omnipresent percussion in order to leave only a skeleton of the very rich music of the British trio.   But it is still in a style very ECM cosmic jazz á la Terje Rypdal that our man attacks, and dessicates also, a music that one wants to hear more fully stuffed.   With what goal does Ed Macan synthesize these two currents? I have never truly comprehended the goal of this pianist of however significant achievement and fan, not to mention guardian, of the progressive temple.   He takes pleasure in a demonstrative rigidity, he strips all instrumental richness in order to content himself with a denuding that he seems to find attractive and intelligent.   This is my opinion . . . you be the judge.    Bruno Vermisse