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3.70 | 39 ratings | 4 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Guadalquivir (5:18)
2. Baila Gitana (5:33)
3. Cartagena (6:49)
4. Generalife (6:43)
5. El Manglis (7:06)
6. Dominga (6:21)
7. La Danze de los Tigres (7:14)

Total Time: 45:07

Line-up / Musicians

- Andrés Olaegui / electric 6 & 12 string guitars, acoustic guitar, vocal on 3
- Jaime Casado / fretted & fretless basses
- Pedro Ontiveros / soprano & alto saxes, flute
- Luis Cobo / electric 6 & 12 string guitars, acoustic guitar, anvil on 3
- Larry Martin / drums, timbales

Additional musicians:
- Manuel Marinelli / piano (3), Fender piano (6), Solina (7)
- Diego Carrasco / Spanish guitar (6)
- Rubén Dantas / perucssion (3, 5, 7)
- String quartet on 3
- Hand clappers on 4 and 6

Releases information

LP Rama Lama RO 50512 Spain (1978)

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GUADALQUIVIR Guadalquivir ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by hdfisch
3 stars This obviously rare and obscure band named after a Spanish river has been added just recently to the site, but unfortunately without any biography and review. The only info I could find in the web was, that they were from Andalusia and personally related to Triana. Their debut here was probably their best effort, quite nice jazz fusion with a rather strong influence by flamenco, but unfortunately (at least for my taste) more towards the smooth end of jazz. Highlights are the self-titled opener and El Manglis, the rest of the album is quite nice as well, but anything really exciting to be expected from them. Overall a nice and enjoyable album if one likes flamenco influenced jazz rock, but not essential at all. Only if you're a huge lover of this kind of music and of related band Triana, you might check it out. I think good for 3 stars!
Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars Once Gualdalquivir was the support act from Spanish legend Triana and they also were the support-band for another Spanish rock legend named Miguel Rios. The music from Guadalquivir is instrumental progressive jazzrock/fusion on a high level, it reminds of Return To Forever: tight, powerful, excellent soli and dynamic and pleasant compositions. I'm delighted about the guitarplayers, one of them sounds like the Andalusian Carlos Santana! If you want to discover Guadalquivir, start with their first eponymous album. I would like to recommend two great compilations for any proghead who wants to discover the wonderful Spanish progrock: the 1-CD "Rock Andalus (Sony Music) featuring Alameda, Medina Azahara, Iman, Cai and Gualdalquivir and the 2-CD "Duende Electrico" (Fonomusic) featuring bands and artists like Iceberg, Triana, Miguel Rios, Guadalquivir, Goma, Alameda, Cai and many more, very interesting! MUCHAS ALEGRIAS!!
Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars What an excellent starting point for Guadalquivir! This Andalusian instrumental quintet really hit an all-time high with their eponymous debut album. Heavily influenced by Return to Forever and post-74 Weather Report, Guadalquivir stood musically closer to Iceberg and Gotic than to their neighbor bands Imán, Cai, Mezquita and others: the reason for this is that Guadalquivir stuck to the logic of jazz fusion and kept itself apart from the symphonic prog realms. The repertoire is solid and very energetic, but its power is not based on the use of two guitars: in fact, the band keeps its rocking potential in a very subtle level, concentrating on the fusion trend: every melodic dialogue is sustained by the sax/flute player and one of the guitarists. Meanwhile the effective rhythm due steals some of the limelight with their superb transmission of Flamenco's intense cadence. It is also noticeable that the Spanish guitar is not very present in the band's overall sound (it is featured in some specific places), but still, the Flamenco roots are expanded all over the melodic lines and their subsequent arrangements. The track that kicks off the album (named after the band and the album) is quite solemn, as if the band was leaving the listener some time for relaxation before the explosion of color and rhythm takes place in most of the remaining pieces. 'Baila Gitana' is all about that, and so is 'Generalife', which IMHO is one of the most prominent numbers in the album: both are real Guadalquivir classics in the minds of those who got to know and love them in the late 70s. In between, the soaring 'Cartagena' brings a moment of solace and magical introspection: listening to this track is like watching a landscape in your inner soul. The use of some smooth string arrangements and the presence of a guest piano player helps to add some majesty to the track's ambience. The last three tracks are the most explosive, finding the band flirting softly with the typical textures of Latin jazz: the band makes recurrent use of the structure of rumba flamenca (a kind of Flamenco closely related to the sensuality of Tropical American folk) in order to keep a solid focus on the increased intensity. 'El Manglis' includes a splendid bass guitar solo, and 'Dominga' starts with a brief prologue of dual Spanish guitars and hand clapping (true to their roots!). 'La Danza de los Tigres' keeps the same trend with added touches of bossanova: the emotion of Flamenco and the frenzy of Brazilian Carnival together make an exciting mixture of energies. In short, "Guadalquivir" is an excellent album from an excellent band.
Review by seventhsojourn
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4 stars Luis Cobo was one of the leading figures of the still nebulous Rock Andaluz of the early seventies. He played guitar with Gong, a Seville-based band that helped to light the blue touch paper of the movement and which also included Manuel Marinelli (Alameda) and Juan Jose Palacios (Triana) in its line-up. Cobo later formed Guadalquivir, a band that epitomised the jazzier side of Rock Andaluz with its melange of Classic Fusion, flamenco, Arabic melodies and Latin rhythms.

Released at the height of the movement in 1978, Guadalquivir's self-titled debut is a collection of seven tone poems that evoke vivid mental images of the landscape, people and culture of Andalusia in southern Spain. It's an entirely instrumental work that features the twin lead guitars of Cobo and Andrés Olaegui, although saxophonist Pedro Ontiveros is in no way subordinate to this pair. One criticism I've read of the album is that it's a bit too smooth at times. Maybe, but when these guys get things right they really kick butt.

The title-track opens with jangling 12-string electric guitar and proceeds with as many twists and turns as the great river from which it takes its name. The music then delves into the region's social history with 'Baila Gitana' (Gypsy Dance) and its Arabic-sounding saxophone ornaments. The Romani people of Spain are known as Gitanos and flamenco has been at the heart of their culture in Andalusia for centuries. Luis Cobo was himself born in the Triana barrio of Seville, a district that traditionally had a large Romani population.

Named for the country estate of the last Moorish dynasty in Spain, 'Generalife' is as peerless a wonder as its namesake's gardens. The naturalistic concept is accompanied by outstanding flute and guitar licks ably supported by a syncopated polyrhythmic figure of palmas (hand claps) and drums. The different peoples of Andalusia have contributed to its rich cultural heritage and melting pot of varied ethnic components but on 'El Manglis' - Luis Cobo's nickname - there's a strong Santana influence with a smouldering guitar lead and busy percussion.

Guadalquivir drew some wonderful sketches of Spain on this album and I just hope it's not another six years before I see it reviewed again on PA.

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