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3 stars "A very pleasant tribute to the Rock Andaluz sound of Triana"

This band was rooted in 1997 when the brothers Gomez, Miguel and Armando met Jose Antonio Mazo Cabeza (nicknamed Gori) in a park in the Andalusian capital Seville. As a tribute to the late Jesus De La Rosa from Spanish progrock legend Triana they started as a Triana cover band. Under the name Raices (Spanish for 'roots') the group played in different venues in Seville and they recorded a first demo in the Sound Farm studios (Seville) in 2000. Raices recorded three songs from Triana En El Lago", Tu Frialdad and Luminosa Manana) along with two other own compositions entitled Debo Culpar and Por Ti. Then Raices started to tour and shared the bill with known Andalusian Rock bands like Alameda and Mediana Azahara. During one of their live performances they met Javier Garcia Pelayo, brother of a known Andalucian rock producer Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo. He invited them to participate in a tribute record to Jesus de la Rosa (edited by Fonomusic), playing by the first time under the name of Zaguan. After this Javier Garcia Pelayo became their manager and Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo their producer, recording their first official record in 2002, three years later followed by their successor entitled Testigo Del Tiempo.

Like Jesus De La Rosa from Triana the vocals are also provided by a keyboard players who sings, Miguel Angel in this case. And he does an excellent job, what a wonderful voice, very expressive but without that typical wailing undertone as in the flamenco, an extra dimension in Zaguan its music. On their debut album it's no surprise that Zaguan presents a sound that is mighty close to Triana. But the 11 short tracks sound less in the symphonic rock tradition, more as a blend of melodic rock and flamenco, embellished with fiery electric guitar, lush Hammond and, of course, the distinctive flamenco guitar, how exciting, this is the wonderful world of the Rock Andaluz! And on their second album Zaguan even sounded better, far from original but "better a good copy than a bad original" is the perfect saying for Zaguan its very pleasant Rock Andaluz sound.

My rating: 3,5 star.

TenYearsAfter | 3/5 |


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