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Amagrama - Volumen 1 (Buenos Aires Free Experience) CD (album) cover




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erik neuteboom
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3 stars This is the new CD from the young and promising Argentine 'cuartetto' Amagrama. It is not a new studio album but 'jam sessions that are recorded live in the studio'. The Brasilian progrock label Record Runner has released it as the first in a serie, Argentine progrock revalation Nexus will be the next release! Amagrama consists of four young Argentine musicians who know each other very well, from their childhood. They began to play covers from their favorites like The Beatels, Queen and Pink Floyd but then Amagrama started to write their own material, influenced by fellow Argentine legends Crusis and La Maquina De Hacer Pajaros along Genesis, King Crimson and Dream Theater. Their debut CD "Ciclotimia" from 2004 was received very well by the worldwide prog press. It took a few listening sessions before I captured the spirit from this CD but then I got excited, these guys can play and in many different styles, great!

1. Hi Circus (8.24) : The band needs a few moments to warm up but halfway it starts to cook featuring classical inspired organ play (evoking Crusis) and strong soli: fiery electric guitar, swinging piano and flashy synthesizer. The rhythm-section sounds dynamic and powerful.

2. Delay 2ms (6.23) : The echo-drenched guitar play and soaring string intro reminds me of early Twelfth Night. First a bluesy - and then a jazzy climate delivering sensitive electric guitar and tender piano. Halfway a jazzy piano solo and spectacular synthesizer play (a very fat sound), the final part contains a mid-tempo rhythm with lush organ and a splendid, metalish-like guitar solo with great use of the wah-wah pedal.

4. Kaos Blues (11.54) : It's blues time! First a slow rhythm with bluesy electric guitar and piano, followed by soaring strings and howling, sensitive electric guitar runs and and organ solo. Then this song alternates between slow blues and powerful rock. The final part is very bombastic, like ELP (keyboards) meets King Crimson (guitar).

5. Enigma (13.34) : This is both the most exciting as the most complex and experimental track. The keyboard sound is varied (electric piano, organ, synthesizer, clavinet) often duelling with propulsive drum beats. The guitar is a bit on the background but at some moments it is howling. The climates and sound bring the early, more complex and cacophonic King Crimson to my mind.

6. Patriarcal (13.08) : This song has a contribution from Eduardo Amaya on bass (he's the father of keyboardist Agustin and drummer Juan and plays in Pulso) and Nexus their guitarplayer Carlos Lucena. The first part delivers a sensitive electric guitar solo and soaring strings, evoking the atmosphere from Grobschnitt their magnum opus "Solar music". Then an up- tempo rhythm with dynamic drums and an organ solo, supported by great electric guitarplay. This long composition delivers many good soli on guitar (fiery, wah-wah), swinging piano and spectacular synthesizer and strong interplay between a jazzy piano and fiery electric guitar. The final part has a mid-tempo, the bombastic sound and exciting interplay between the fiery electric guitar, organ and propulsive rhythm- section evokes the sensational sound from Hungarian progrock legend Solaris, great!

I'm impressed by this performance from Amagrama: they have chosen to make a CD in the spirit of the Seventies by "improvising and showing the hidden side of the musician". Not an easy goal but Amagrama has prooved that they are good and adventurous musicians, playing not only prog. Not every part of this CD is great or captivating (sometimes a bit fragmentic or freaky) but most of the time Amagrama succeeded to keep my attention and I enjoyed their improvisional skills. RECOMMENDED TO THOSE WHO LOVE THE FREE MUSICAL SPIRIT OF THE SEVENTIES!!

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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