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El Trio

Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 stars Strong follow up album by this band from the Dominican Republic. And one striding across quite a few stylistic boundaries to boot.

The main ingredients throughout are fusion and psychedelic rock though, with rhythms taking on jazz-tinged as well as Latin-American touches while the guitars to some extent also underscores the fusion leanings. The six-strings tends to settle on the more psychedelic parts of this band's expression though, with lazy, echoing guitar licks as a pretty common denominator throughput. Add in some heavier art rock passages and one instance of punk meeting psychedelia, and compositions mostly on the quirky side in construction, and the end result is a pretty eclectic take on the progressive rock genre. And one of a rather high quality as well.

Spanish vocals with a slightly melodramatic delivery will probably be the main restraining element for this band, but those who isn't negatively affected by this aspect of El Trio's performance should find this album to be pretty intriguing. As long as the blend of fusion and psychedelia comes across as interesting obviously.

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kev rowland
Crossover Prog Team
3 stars

Two years on from the debut, and El Trio were back with their second album 'La Blanca Y La Gris' (The white and the grey). I tend to play albums initially through iTunes, and this was the first one of theirs that I heard as it was the first one to appear in the playlist due to where the title appeared in the alphabet. What this meant was that I managed to treat myself to possibly the worst introduction to the band, as while the jazz rock is forceful with a huge input of blues, along with South American influences, it is also the one where the vocals jar most for me. Jonatan has a vocal style that seems to either work very well and is totally in keeping with the music or isn't working at all, and when it is the latter it is quite painful.

But, he more than makes up for it with some great guitarwork again. There was a line-up change between the two albums, as drummer Pablo Peņa had departed to be replaced by Johandy Ureņa. They also brought in an additional percussionist, as well as a guest guitarist on one number and a guest trombonist on another. The music is more forceful than the debut, and is a real progression as they have expanded but to my ears it would have been better either as an instrumental release or with a different vocalist.

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