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EVOLUCIÓN

Jazz Rock/Fusion • Chile


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EVOLUCIÓN is a Chilean prog rock band that was rooted in 1982 and came out of the ashes from Seventies band ESPECTROS, keyboard player Pedro Munoz is the founding member. The history from EVOLUCIÓN is loaded with changes in the line-up and the band also changed their musical direction, from to jazz to rock and symphonic rock. In 2002 the band was re-erected by original member Fernando Islas (bass) and in 2005 the Chilean prog rock label released the compilation CD "La Era De Piscis". It contains material that was recorded between 1982 and 1986, including previously un-released versions from classical tracks. The new line-up from EVOLUCIÓN released in 2005 their new album "Umbrales".


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This band is one of the most pleasant surprises on the Chilean prog rock label Mylodon Records. It sounds as a captivating blend of symphonic rock and jazz-rock. This band's style is closer to 1980's CHICK COREA and AL DI MEOLA-era "Return to Forever" than to YES, GENESIS or ELP. You can notice some influences from "Rain Dances"-era CAMEL, but mostly, this is a jazz-rock band with somewhat strong progressive nuances.


Discography:
- La Era De Piscis (2005)
- Umbrales (2005)

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3.95 | 8 ratings
Umbrales
2006

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3.50 | 6 ratings
La Era De Piscis
2005

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 La Era De Piscis by EVOLUCIÓN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
3.50 | 6 ratings

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La Era De Piscis
Evolución Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars One of the pioneers in Chile holding the progressive rock flag up high during the 80's.Everything on Evolucion came around keyboardist Pedro Munoz Recabarren,who found the band in 1982.The original line-up included guitarist Ciro Vega,bassist Fernando Islas and drummer David Castaneda.Many line-up changes would follow,no less than ten musicians participated on the project with Munoz being the only stable member,but this would not prevent the band from performing numerous shows.A collection of the band's early days was released in 2005 by Mylodon Records under the title ''La era de piscis'', consisting of material written between 1982 and 1986.

An all instrumental effort,''La era de piscis'' sees the band creeping from CAMEL-esque Progressive Rock to slick Jazz-Rock and melodic Fusion.All compositions are nice and well-played with some of them having a slight commercial edge,propable due to the production than the musicianship,which is quite adventurous and rich.With a very tight performance the band delivers excellent CAMEL-influenced melodies with beautiful guitar work and some symphonic synths on the background but also energetic Jazz-Fusion with the dominant electric piano of Munoz on the front and a jazzy rhythm section accompanying.Evolucion switch their sound from smooth passages to mind-blowing delivery with comfort and this is a main characteristic of the album.As said,the production is mediocre and the tracks contain a few easy-sounding hints typical of the age,but this are the minority,as the overall style is in a progresive rock vein.

In 1987 an amount of 500 cassette copies were sold at the Chick Corea Elektric Band concert in Santiago,however the grand days for the band had passed and Evolucion disbanded in March of the same year.For fans of bands/artists like CAMEL,MARIO MILLO or AIN SOPH,this album is a must-have.Anyone into Symphonic/Jazz-Rock should also give this band a shot.A nice and recommended surprise from Chile.

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 Umbrales by EVOLUCIÓN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.95 | 8 ratings

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Umbrales
Evolución Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars I still remember that I added Chilean band Evolucion to this site, I had severe doubts about the category: symphonic prog or jazzrock/fusion because their sound on the CD Era De Pisces (2005) was between early-Camel (Moonmadness-Mirage-era) and jazzrock/fusion. Well, this time I have no problem about their category, on their new recorded CD (their previous contains Eighties recordings) Evolucion makes instrumental, mainly jazzrock/fusion oriented music with hints from Mahavishnu Orchestra, Al DiMeola, Larry Carlton and JL Ponty. I am excited about their great skills, the awesome interplay between all musicians and the splendid soli on keyboards (modern sound on the Kurzweil) and guitar, what an incredible band! In general Evolucion delivers swinging and propulsive compositions with the emphasis on soli but in some songs the climates shifts to dreamy with fragile or sensitive guitar and soaring strings. Check out this band, fusion freaks!



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 Umbrales by EVOLUCIÓN album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.95 | 8 ratings

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Umbrales
Evolución Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Following their comeback, marked by the CD edition of their "La Era de Piscis" 80s cassette, Chilean band Evolución has reemerged from the ashes stronger than ever. At least, that's what you can tell at comparing the repertoire of the aforesaid album to that of "Umbrales", their 2006 effort. The latter feels stronger and more dynamic, since it is not just a collection of tracks but the result of a time of cohesiveness for the last two years. Evolución's jazz-rock style is cleverly flourished with symphonic prog nuances here and there, and all musicians are crafty and energetic enough to make the multicolored musical ideas work splendidly. The guitarist emulates Holdsworth, McLaughlin and Beck perfectly and sensibly, while keyboardist/main writer Muńoz makes the influences from Corea, Hammer and Moraz (even Bardens, to a certain degree) converge in his musical self. Both are tightly supported by a consistent rhythm tandem (either with Juan Ricardo Weiler or Jorge Cruz). The opener 'Secretos' starts with sea waves rolling, and then comes an attractive main motif, properly adorned with additional mood shifts. This number pretty much comprises the various interests of the band - mostly, the remaining repertoire tends to focus in one specific aspect or another. 'Divertimento' and 'Portillo' are heavily oriented toward a clean, stylish fusion of Latin basis. The former starts with a sense of eerie melancholy until a vibrant bossanova motif appears and excitingly endures right up to the end. The latter has a more tropical Latin-jazz feel, showing a tender mixture of 80s Corea and Santana's most accomplished jazzy side. In both tracks, the presence of guests on percussion and woodwind helps to fulfill the swing and the potential properly. Between the two are 'Fiesta Rock' and the title track. 'Fiesta Rock' displays a catchy, easy-going dynamism set on a blues-rock tempo (kind of Tribal Tech meets contemporary Holdsworth), while 'Umbrales' turns into an explosive mood, properly introduced by a bombastic fanfare and prolonged through powerful jams. At this point the album has already made a major statement of colorfulness and melodic sensibility. 'Rock 1' kicks off the album's second half, pretty much following a similar pattern to that of 'Fiesta Rock'. 'Arabian Nights' starts with elegant Arabic motifs, and then, from minute 3 onwards, comes an effective symphonic prog section confidently built on a 5/4 tempo. The tropical ambiences return for 'The Bridge', a very enthusiastic and joyful track, indeed. 'Rock 2' - original of "La Era de Piscis" - reappears in a more stylish guise, comprising on of González's best soloing in the album. 'Epílogo' is a very serene closure, displaying a spirit of contemplation and intimacy. The music only lasts, but after a 1- minute silent lapse, the sea waves return of the final 40 seconds. In conclusion, "Umbrales" is a perfect item of enjoyment for the average prog-head with a jazzy heart. Evolución confirms itself as a big name in South American prog, an area that truly deserves more attention from prog appreciators worldwide.

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Umbrales
Evolución Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by KingBarbarossa

4 stars Instrumental fusion prog on the melodic side. Well crafted and mature sounding music pieces of a tight playing band. Tasteful, yet somewhat 80s sounding keyboard work is dominating. It never gets really adventurous nor are there big show-off solos, sometimes it moves even into more straight rockers. Of course a typical south American coloring is present as well. But I must say I like this balance between prog and fusion here. It works very well, it is inspired and has energy. An excellent addition to anybody's collection who loves instrumental prog with fusion leanings!

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 La Era De Piscis by EVOLUCIÓN album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
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La Era De Piscis
Evolución Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Here is one of the finest surprises from the Chilean progrock label Mylodon Records. This amazing four piece formation never released an album so it was time to release this CD that contains material from the Eighties, recorded between 1982 and 1986 in changing line-ups.

I was immediately impressed by the high level of the musicians. Their often swinging sound alternates between early Camel ("Moonmadness" and "Mirage"-era) and jazz(rock): dynamic, many shifting moods, great accellarations and lots of splendid soli on guitar and keyboards. The interplay between the musicians is outstanding, both in the more symphonic parts as in the jazzy interludes like "Swing de ilusiones" (including vibraphone). The synthesizer soli (frequent use of the pitchbend button) sound somewhere between Peter Bardens and Jan Hammer. The track "Zodiaco" reminds me of Pendragon, mainly because of the Nick Barrett-like guitar work.

I had a great time while listening to this strong and powerful instrumental music from Evolucion, this one is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



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