French drummer and composer Patrick Forgas has been releasing Jazz/Rock gems that showcase his compositional and arranging skills for 35 years. Acte V is the fifth album by his current band, a 7-piece instrumental ensemble of skillful young musicians, performing on saxes, trumpet, violin, guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. The group performs music that combines the most attractive aspects of Jazz and Rock composition with inspired solos. The quality of the music and performances is obvious from the first note and we're not the only ones who have noticed; the press has been hugely enthusiastic towards their releases. Acte V is a double disc package featuring the group's brand-new studio release as well as their first-ever DVD release, which includes their performance at NEARFest 2010 in front of over 1,000 people!
Forgas Band Phenomena's latest release blurs idiomatic considerations so extensively they render stylistic definitions irrelevant. Forgas...[has a] sax, trumpet, guitar and violin frontline ably suited for works whose opening melodies quickly give way to furious exchanges, spirited solos and passages bouncing back and forth between avant-garde jazz and shorter, rock-tinged statements." --JazzTimes