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RAYUELA

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Argentina


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Rayuela biography
Argentinean quintet RAYUELA was formed in 1976, aiming to create a combination of symphonic progressive and jazz-rock, in a very similar vein to their compatriots LA MÁQUINA DE HACER PÁJAROS, and adding some acoustic folk stuff to the mix (not unlike ARCO IRIS or AQUELARRE, compatriots as well). Buenos Aires was the most recurrent city for their live gigs. It wasn't until 1978 that they could release their debut and sole album, titled after the band: it is yet to be re-issued in CD format. The diversity of their musical sources, which initially led to a varied unity in their style, eventually became an inconvenience for each individual member: musical differences led to the band's disintegration in late '78.

Recommended to all serious collectors of Latin American melodic prog who still use vinyl records and don't mind some notable jazzy flavours in their prog.

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Rayuela Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by chamberry
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4 stars Rayuela's sole album is a prog rock gem. While almost all of the prog giants of the early 70's had already imploded by sheer pompous wankery (I've always wanted to use that word), there where bands still popping out in different parts of the world with unique sound of their own. In Latin America, for example, we can see bands that have heard its fair deal of European prog rock and still try to make a name of their own. Rayuela is one of those bands. Their first and only album came out in 1976-77. Taking the name of Julio Cortazar's famous novel, this band delivers a highly energetic, complex and melodic sound that bears resemblance to the Italian prog bands, due to it's keyboard-laden/pastoral style, and the Canterbury scene, because of its tuneful jazz compositions. The whole mood of the album shifts between a dreamy atmosphere that then turn into a dynamic and catchy instrumental play. The solos don't seem excessive, nor do they try to break the melody with forceful showmanship. What makes this band such a joy to listen to is that the album flows beautifully between its intricacies, between buttery melodies and diverse song structures. Every song here is a real treat to listen to. If I had to pick a favorite I'd be constantly shifting between the first song (La Casa del Hombre; Youtube-it, you'll see what I mean.) and the last three, which are so good that it makes one want to play the whole album again. In fact, the first time I listened to Rayuela I played it twice, and so forth until a week had passed and I was still listening to it without even feeling a hint of weariness. A couple of days later and here I am, writing a review because I've been whistling their songs for days and can't stop recommending this band enough to my friends. Now I share my enthusiasm to you, music-loving internet people. Check these guys out. They're worth it.

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Rayuela Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
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3 stars Named after one of Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar's most bizarre novels, this band - also from Argentina - recorded one LP alone, which is yet to be re-released in CD format. Their music was not as bizarre as Cortázar's literary vision: its major asset lies on the creation of captivating emotional ambiences through pleasant melodic lines and their tasteful arrangements. Rayuela's repertoire is pretty much based on a delicate compromise between jazz-fusion and acoustic folk, two different musical sources that share an equilibrated presence in this album. The musicians' versatility allows them to instill symphonic airs into the final result: this very symphonic element helps the overall repertoire acquire a touch of stylish sophistication, mostly provided by the elegant keyboard inputs (textures, leads, layers) and the elegant use of sax and flute on most of the main melodic lines. The opener 'La Casa del Hombre' and the amazing instrumental 'Aéreo' are arguably the best examples of Rayuela's jazz-tinged progressive leanings. On the other hand, 'Los Últimos Grillos' and the blues-tempo acoustic ballad 'Vientos de la Calma' showcase the band's melodic aspect in a folkish context: the former of these two is really captivating, bearing an evident beauty and a not so evident sense of subtlety in the eerie arrangements, which helps it to increase its primal appeal. In many ways, it sounds similar to the ballads by their compatriot band La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros. The album's second half [tracks 5-7] is the most cohesive, and also the most rewarding in progressive terms. 'Acaso Tú Crees (Que no Me Dí Cuenta de que Te Fuiste hace Diez Años)' and 'Sexo y Dinero' are two catchy instrumental pieces that give way to a more candid exposure of the musicians' skills (without really showing off in excessive bombast). The former displays a pretty main motif recycled via the use of jazzy cadences and almost orchestral amalgams, while the latter paves its way across the funky-jazz trend. The album is closed down by the sung track 'Vendré con el Viento', yet another exhibition of the band's ability to bring out beautiful melodies: its overt romantic aura make it sound like a cross between "Wind & Wuthering"-era Genesis and classic Supertramp. The sax and guitar solos really complement the emotional spur reflected on the lyrics ("I want to have you without getting out of myself / without searching for you"). While not a masterpiece nor being consistently excellent, Rayuela's one and only album should be acknowledged as an inspired legacy of melodic art-rock, faithfully akin to the general spirit of South American melodic prog.

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