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Considered the top Chilean fusion jazz-rock band. Their compositions range from an experimental pop-rock to acid jazz with an avant-garde background. A complex top-notch rock style featuring female vocals.

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3.62 | 9 ratings
Fulano
1987
3.79 | 14 ratings
En El Bunker
1989
4.12 | 11 ratings
El Infierno De Los Paysos
1993
4.00 | 12 ratings
Trabajos Inutiles
1997

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4.86 | 4 ratings
Vivo
2004

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 En El Bunker  by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.79 | 14 ratings

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En El Bunker
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Fulano became soon extremely popular and the books of Chilean Music include their monumental live show in August 88' in front of 4,000 people at the Stadio Nacional of Santiago.In 1989 another cassete album was released by the group, this time it was a double one, recorded at the Filmocentro Studios between April and June 1989.The same album was re-released in CD format a few years later.

Exaggerated Jazz/Fusion with RIO tendencies is the presented material here with the group delivering again the theatrical aspects of its sound, this time a heavy RETURN TO FOREVER influence comes on surface, as Fulano's style was flexible enough to come through impressive jazzy workouts with constant presence of wind instruments and reach the Latin-influenced Fusion aesthetics with bombastic instrumental battles.However the material is quite long to be fully consistent and there are some uninteresting moments with deep experimentations, solid but long improvisations and needless individual performances like the drum solo of Guillermo Valenzuela.It is pretty incredible the fact that the group could produce some very hard-to-the-ear Chamber/Jazz exercises with dominant use of clarinet and saxes and place them next to groovy, almost fukny ideas or more ethereal, downtempo tunes with a soft atmosphere and decent flute parts.They were putting up a real show back at the time, characterized by the changes in tempos and moods with Arlette Jecquier becoming something like a trademark for the band with her expressive, theatrical voice.The Fusion-oriented tracks are propably the most interesting ones, featuring lots of breaks and great, loose playing by the group, based in one-packaged attacking interplays, psychedelic vibes and theatrical inspirations.

A work to be discovered by all fans of flexible, over-the-top Jazz/Prog Fusion.Maybe too excessive at moments, still containing parts of sheer brilliance.Recommended.

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 Trabajos Inutiles  by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1997
4.00 | 12 ratings

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Trabajos Inutiles
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I love this band. FULANO are from Chile and they play an Avant / Jazz style of music with lots of horns.Vocalist Arlette Jequier is one of the best female singers I have ever heard. She now sings with MEDIABANDA another amazing band. In fact I refer to FULANO as MEDIABANDA's crazy and unpredictible little sister.This was FULANO's final studio album as the band would put an end to FULANO after Jaime Vivanco (keyboards) passed away in 2003. We have 6 virtuous, precise, bold and experimental players and an amazing singer. FULANO gained cult status in their native Chile.

"Huevito" is a short intro track with keyboards, sax, drums and flute standing out before we get to "Godzilla". I like when this settles with vocal melodies, bass and horns.Vocals before 2 minutes then it turns experimental a minute later. She gets theatrical then the music picks back up. Some scat vocals then flute and sax end it. "Nadie Nos Conose" is dedicated to Frank Zappa. We get horns to start and some crazy vocal expressions before 2 minutes that would make Frank proud. "Cancion Formal" is in 7/8. We get a beat with reserved vocals as other instruments join in.This is catchy stuff. Some Rhodes and Hammond on this one too. Passionate vocals end it. "Rrope Cochi Loma" opens with piano then it slowly builds. Soft vocals arrive as it calms back down. Check her out after 2 minutes. Man she can sing ! Some nice bass work here too.

"Mas Alla Del Deber" has a groovy sound and this is about as normal as this band gets.Vocals come in just before a minute. "Senor Gorro Capucho" opens with vibes? then flute and synths take over.This is so moving. "Krikalev" has an ethnic vibe with congas and djembe. Arlette is putting on a show vocally. It changes 2 minutes in as a low key but catchy soundscape takes over. Back to the ethnic vibe as contrasts continue. "Aranas De Tribunal" opens with solo piano then it kicks in before a minute. Prominant bass before 2 minutes.Vocals after 3 minutes and the piano and drums also stand out here. Piano only ends it.

Just a fantastic album, and this is a band more people need to check out who are into adventerous music.

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 Fulano by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.62 | 9 ratings

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Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
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3 stars 3.5 stars...

A very famous band in Chile,FULANO were formed by a group of friends/musicians in Santiago in 1984.From the very first moment the band wanted to create something experimental and personal and the numerous rehearsals led to an eponymous album in 1987,initially released on cassete,re-realeased in 1994 on CD format.

FULANO are unquestionably a fusion band with a totally artistic point of view,blending Jazz with R.I.O.,Avant-Garde and rock.Equally split in fast tempo compositions and Avant-Garde/Jazz passages,the sound of FULANO is based on the strong interplays of the rhythm section and the wind instruments.Guitars are scarce and very distinctive,as the whole story unfolds around the HENRY COW-like heavy use of saxophones and the pleasant excurssions of the clarinet,played by Cristian Cristoso and Jaime Vasquez.These wind-based passages get even richer with the complicated bass work of Jorge Campos and the solid drumming of Guillermo Valenzuela.As for keyboards,there is a steady use of delicate electric piano as a supporting instrument,while the vocals of Arlette Jequier are fantastic,ranging from impressive wordless chords to expressive,theatrical lyrics.FULANO are not your typical Jazz-Rock ensemble.Their thetrical approach to Jazz makes them more than just interesting and anyone after some original Jazz-Rock/Fusion should definitely check them out.Strongly recommended!

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 El Infierno De Los Paysos  by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.12 | 11 ratings

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El Infierno De Los Paysos
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Fulano remains and forever will remain one of the most reminisced prog-jazz bands from Chile, in no small degree due to Jaime Vivanco's musical heritage: "El Infierno de los Payasos" is the third item of their discography and the last one with its original line-up intact. It takes a modernistic approach to the style developed in the first two albums, at times featuring the use of computerized sonic adornments, but obviously it retains some essential aspects unpolluted: this album is a manifestation of simultaneous renewal and conservation. 'Lamentos' opens the tracklist with a tremendously festive mood, patent even in the most serene moments: it's like a Latinized Art Bears. Track 2 'Convicciones (de 3 Minutos)' does not last 3, but 7+ minutes. It bears a Zappa-friendly satirical mood through its show tempo; the tenor sax and bass solos are just amazing, partially resolving the track's delicate tension. Track 3 is an hermetically titled circus-like prelude to 'Basura', which brings back and enhances the sense of extroversion that had prevailed in the oponer. Jequier shies particularly here. 'Ciego y Perdido en una Ciudad Extraña' occupies a 11-minute span: this track features ethereal atmospheres, at times getting quite languid and minimalistic. The schemes provided by sax, drums and bass feel really solid through the track's overall tenuous mood. The machine effects for the last seconds is an effective portrait of our automated times. 'Fuegos Artificiales' is an agile exercise on jazz-rock bathed in RIO waters, while 'Función' is a brief keyboard nocturne, whose brevity doesn't keep it from being powerfully evocative. 'Morbosadoquista' finds the band exploring its rockier side, seasoned with funky flavors: the rap ornaments in some vocal deliveries feel really aggressive, which makes sense with the track's general dynamics. 'Aporte al Jazz' is a brief Dixieland-style fanfare that leads to 'Con Fusiones', a masterful piece that combines 74-75 Zappa and classic Weather Report: the complex melodic and rhythmic arrangements are managed with total ease. The album's last 2 ½ minutes are occupied by 'Último Lamento', a song with simplistic yet captivating melodic basis: its simple magic grows in power as the ensemble's sound becomes gradually more vivacious toward the end. After an ambitious album such as "En el Búnker", it was wise of the Fulano guys to make a stand for a more dynamic album without letting go of their gusto for musical sophistication and groove. Yet another excellent recording from this excellent band.

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 En El Bunker  by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.79 | 14 ratings

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En El Bunker
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Of their first three albums this is my least favourite. No Zeuhl flavoured tunes but we still get a lot of adventerous music to feed on.

"La Historia No Me Convence..." is the longest track on here and perhaps the best one as well. Spacey to begin with until vocal melodies arrive 1 1/2 minutes in with a haunting background. A total change a minute later as sax and an uptempo melody takes over with vocals. It calms back down 3 1/2 minutes in as piano and vocals lead the way. Some clapping 7 minutes in and sax leads the way a minute later. "Perro Chico Malo" opens with piano as it turns jazzy with vocals. Nice bass solo after 2 minutes. Sax and vocals end it. Great tune. "Nena,No Te Vayas a Chimbarongo..." features a lot of tempo changes early. Love the drumming 2 minutes in. An ok jazzy section follows. Bass solo 4 minutes in. Sax, bass and piano are all prominant the rest of the way. Vocals 6 1/2 minutes in. "En El Bunker" opens with samples as a repititious sound takes over with other sounds coming and going. This is experimental and one of the better tracks. "Buhardillas" has a Canterbury vibe as piano leads the way. I like it.

"Rap-Rock" is an uptempo,catchy tune. Her best vocal performance so far on this album. Some great sax and guitar. "En Este Momento Ud..." is 9 seconds of instrumental sounds. Why ? "Buscando Peyotl" features slow paced drums throughout as sax comes in tastefully before 3 minutes. This is a laid back number that is so relaxing to listen to. "Gran Restrictor,Ten Piedad" opens with this pulsating sound that builds. Male vocals join in around 1 1/2 minutes. A change 5 minutes in as guitar comes in aggressively. Female vocals a minute later. "A Dolfo Y Benito..." opens with samples of someone speaking. An uptempo melody with fast paced male vocals comes in. Sax before 2 minutes. "Honour,Decencia..." is led by sax as piano and bass come and go. Some nice bass 2 minutes in. Spoken words and a calm 3 minutes in. The tempo picks back up around 5 1/2 minutes. "Sentimental Blues" is a song I just can't get into, not a fan of this style. "El Dar Del Cuerpo" opens with piano, sax and drums. Vocals after 3 1/2 minutes. Guitar before 6 minutes. Great closing tune.

Lots to enjoy here, but it's not as consistant, nor does it reach the heights of their debut or the one that came out after this one.

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 El Infierno De Los Paysos  by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.12 | 11 ratings

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El Infierno De Los Paysos
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I'm really loving this band.I like the variety of styles they offer up including Jazz, Zeuhl, Avant-gard and spacey sections. The female vocals though are really the icing on the cake. She can sing with the best of them, and she loves to perform. This isn't quite as good as their debut in my opinion but it's a very solid 4 star record.

"Lamentos" opens with bass and drums as she come in singing as only she can. Sax joins in as the tempo shifts. She's so good. Some dissonance before 2 minutes. She ends the song in style. "Convicciones" opens with almost spoken male and female vocals with percussion as dissonant sax and drums join in. I like it. Some funky bass follows. Vocals return after 5 minutes as the bass becomes more prominant. The third track is 18 seconds of bass, drums and sax. "Basura" features some great drums and sax. Vocals a minute in. It settles down as percussion and soft vocals lead the way. The sax returns with a fuller sound after 3 1/2 minutes. "Ciego Y Perdido En Una Ciudad Extrana" is an 11 minute song and it's pretty amazing. The first 4 minutes she's almost speaking the words as an eerie soundscape with no melody can be heard in the background. We then start to get a beat 4 minutes in. Vocals, sax and haunting synths (or her vocal melodies) follow. It then turns jazzy with sax leading the way. Vocals and haunting synths are back 8 minutes in.

"Fuegos Artificials" is the Zeuhl track. I mean this is Zeuhl 101 folks. The rhythm, the vocals, the bass, you have to hear this one if your a fan of MAGMA. "Ultima Funcion" is just over a minute of light keys. "Morbosadoquista" opens with aggressive guitar, with female vocals that are just as aggressive. Haha. She's awesome ! Guitar and drums take over 1 1/2 minutes in. Some craziness 2 1/2 minutes in. The sax that follows is incredible. The male vocals after 4 minutes are great. "Aporte Al Jazz" is 14 seconds of Zappa-like jazz. "Con Fusions" has such a cool beat to it. A calm before 1 1/2 minutes with eerie synths. It picks back up with some excellent bass a minute later. Another calm follows. Contrast continues. "Ultimo Lamento" features flute, sax, bass, female vocals and drums in this terrific final track.

Another impressive release from FULANO, a band that fans of Jazz, Zeuhl and Avant-gard should really check out.

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 Fulano by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.62 | 9 ratings

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Fulano
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars This album is so entertaining thanks mostly to the female vocalist who is the star of this show, she's so theatrical and fun to listen to. The band plays a variety of styles including Jazz, Canterbury and Avant. They keep you on your toes that's for sure.

"Fulano" opens with an uptempo jazzy section with male vocals. She arrives vocally a minute in and absolutely shines. Keys take the spotlight for a while before the melody from the intro returns. Sax and bass are prominant. A calm before 3 1/2 minutes as it pretty much comes to a stop. Keys and higher pitched female vocals come in that really remind me of Zeuhl. This is fantastic ! A sax solo follows as she makes some vocal noises then starts to sing again. Nice. Zeuhl fans will love this. "Maquinarias" is full of intricate sounds like sax, bass, keys and drums.Clarinet after 1 1/2 minutes.This sounds so good before 3 minutes. Male vocals follow. Great track. "Tango" opens with drums as she starts to speak, she gets quite passionate before becoming theatrical. She's so good it makes me laugh. Bass and then sax join in. A catchy rhythm plays on as she puts on quite the show.

"Fruto Del Goce" is the longest track at 11 1/2 minutes. It takes it's time getting going as different sounds come and go with no melody for 4 minutes. Kind of experimental actually. Then smooth sax melodies and keys arrive.Vocals after 5 minutes. You can hear her laugh after she hits a high note 6 minutes in. Priceless. The bass becomes prominant in this song that really seems like an improv. It starts to get louder and more chaotic 9 minutes in. Then the sax starts to lead the way. Guitar 10 minutes in really rips it up as drums pound away. "Suite Recoleta" opens with drums as keys join in. Vocals follow, and as the tempo picks up her vocal pitch goes higher with piano and drums helping out. Sax 2 1/2 minutes in. She's back to her normal singing voice 4 1/2 minutes in. "El Calcetin Perseguido" features the same short melody being played over and over for a minute as different instruments show off including vocals. "1989..." is a bonus track I believe, as it is live and I assume from 1989. Brilliant i know. This is an uptempo track to start with sax playing over top. It stops dead 1 1/2 minutes in and begins again softly. It's dark as female vocals sound frightened as they build and become theatrical. So cool. Check her out before 4 minutes ! Vocal melodies after 5 minutes with piano. The tempo picks up 6 1/2 minutes in with sax leading the way. She's back a minute later. Some organ late.

This is even better than I thought it would be. It's been a tough one to find until recently. Get it while you can, you won't be disappointed.

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 Vivo by FULANO album cover Live, 2004
4.86 | 4 ratings

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Vivo
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by progadicto

5 stars At last! After many efforts I could buy Vivo (Live) the last album made by this excellent chilean band. Really, it's the last because after Jaime Vivanco (keyboards, vocals) died, the members of the band took differente ways. In fact, you could find Cristian Crisosoto, Arlette Jecquier and his daughter Regina under the name of Mediabanda continuing the Fulano legacy and the great bassist Jorge Campos playing with another legendary chilean band, Congreso.

Well, IMO Vivo is a 5 stars album for many reasons. First: Fulano is one of the most innovative band in South America. Second: Their concerts were totally cathartic. Third: The exceptional talent and technique of their musicians. Fourth: the wonderful, raw and even lyrical voice of Arlette Jecquier. Fifth: Fulano in concert was one of the most powerful experiences that I ever had 'cos they sound better on stage than on studio, giving to each song the power of rock mixed with astonishing improvisations taking form the jazz side of the band. Starting with the caothic Krikalev, the album is like a guide to met most of the best songs made by Fulano on their four studio albums, including two songs never released before, Pinocho en Patolandia (a nice piece of jazz) and Todas las ratas de todos los ríos del mundo (6:05). Basura sounds great (specially the hilarious bass intro). The best two songs of the album are the jazzy Nena, no te vayas a Chimbarongo. and Suite Recoleta a piece that sounds better with the pass of the years just like the wine.

In each song you can find the unique Fulano style that mixes rock, jazz, avant gard, some drops of prog, but overall the sense to listen music make with heart and emotions.

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 Vivo by FULANO album cover Live, 2004
4.86 | 4 ratings

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Vivo
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by melomano

5 stars I registered myself because this record. This is the best record by Fulano. This band lived for 19 years and only did 4 studio works. It means clearly that this band was (because they don´t exist anymore, like a band, since Jaime Vivanco dies) a live show band. I could see them alive many times. Except for "Trabajos Inutiles" (a 5 stars album), all this previous works are very chaotics. They comes to the studio each time they had the money, and later they develope the songs in a different (better) way in live shows (remember, 19 years). When Jaime Vivanco dies, they finally make this record like a tribute. Live (Vivo) is for "Alive" in 2 ways. Here we can hear the songs in his complete development, like they always do. A masterpiece if you like the band. They defined his music like "eclectisismo antihegemonico" wich means something like... "all the music and nothing rules" (not exactly, but...). A strange kind of prog, a strange kind of jazz, a strange kind of music.

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 En El Bunker  by FULANO album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.79 | 14 ratings

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En El Bunker
Fulano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by yayo_point

5 stars An excellent work, En El Bunker has many elements of Jazz, and experimental music. Bagins with something like Indean music, I belive, made with sintethizer efects. The contrast between this music and the jazzy music that comes after is excellent, a masterpice of the eclectisism. The album is characterized for the fretless bass solos of Jorge Campos (the best bass player in Chile) with his constants demostrations of his virtuosism and expresion capacity. The screams of Arlette Jequier, something like she have a sobrenatural experience when she is singing, is one of the axis of this work, and all FULANO's works. The contrast is awesome, in some parts is something like jazz, with the sax solos of Cristian Crisosto, or free jazz like in En Este Momento Ud. Se Encuentra En el Medio Del Disco, a free jam of only 9 seconds. And other pices of Jazz in rithm of sincopated pandemonium like Nena no te Vayas a Chimbarongo.... You can discover here pieces like Honor, Decencia, Dignidad, Moral y Patria the title shows you of the ironic spirit of FULANO. But it has pieces of blues (Sentimental Blues), and Sinphonic Music (Gran Restrictor Ten Piedad De Nosotros), and Chopinean Waltz (Buhardillas), but the most rare and experimental piece, I think, is the homonimus theme of the album En el Bunker somethink like the postwar music, I mean, Luciano Berio, that is, the use of tape effects in the music, to make sounds monotones and repetitives, all contrasted by discordinates sounds of sax without structure predefined, that makes an antiesthetic music, that is so experimental to be understood. To finish my comment I have to said that album have the only hit of FULANO Adolfo Y Benito, Agusto Y Toribio the most ironic piece, something to considerate, this piece has a special strength, and political content. An ironic comparasion winth Pinochet and other dictators.

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