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Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.62 | 43 ratings

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3 stars Last studio album from Spanish band with not very Spanish name. Very energetic jazz-fusion, based on guitars and keyboards interplays. Guitarist is skilled and very fast ( his speedy guitar playing reminds Al Di Meola's technique, but sound is much more liquid, not sharp). Keyboards gave strong support to talking and crying guitars, and drummer is really another great team member.

Music in general is softer,more rounded (Latin) version of Mahavishnu Orchestra sound with some excurses to more mellow (sometimes on the border with cheese) melodies. But if guitarist speed and energy are both attractive, main problem is composition. You will hardly find few tunes in all album. Guitarist is very happy demonstrating his abilities, but too often it sounds as jazz-fusion axe-hero, not real fusion musician.

Another problem is some Latin pop-jazz inclusions: as the result all album combines ultra- fast guitar technique demonstration, with melodic almost pop-Latin tunes in between. And if some moments there are really nice and interesting, the whole work isn't such a good product.

snobb | 3/5 |


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