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Jazz Rock/Fusion • Argentina


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Spinetta Jade biography
Founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980 - active up until 1985

After the split of his band INVISIBLE in 1977, Luis Alberto Spinetta formed the band SPINETTA JADE, which focused on a more complex sound compositionally, yet used aspects of Invisible and Almendra (Spinetta's first band).

They released their debut album on 1980, called Alma de Diamante, an album that set a precedence in Argentina at the time. They later participated in a legendary concert on 12/13 September 1980 with the iconic Argentinean band Serú Girán, led by the national rock legend and national patrimony Charly Garcia, which many people believe was the best rock on stage performance in Argentinean history. It also calmed fans who thought Spinetta and Garcia had musically differing tastes and did not especially appreciate each other; this was not the case.

In 1980, Spinetta briefly reformed Almendra, released an album and then split up again. Spinetta continued on with Spinetta Jade as well, and both bands performed at the Festival de La Falda February 1981.

In December 1981, Spinetta Jade released their second album Los Niños Que Escriben En El Cielo; Spinetta then decided to release a couple of solo albums, so the band went into a temporary hiatus until 1983, when they released Bajo Belgrano.

In 1984, the band released their fourth and final album Madre en Años Luz. The band played material from this album in concerts arranged by the Municipalidad de Buenos Aires and performed their last concert for 20,000 fans at Luna Park (with Pedro Aznar, formally of Serú Girán guesting) in May 1985

The prolific musician later formed Spinetta y los Socios del Desierto, who released four albums from 1996 to 1998, this band also became another legend in the austral country.

Spinetta has disolved the band to focus on his solo career, having released a total of 16 albums since 1971 up until his death in 2012.

James R. Yeowell (Geck0)

(Edited by Quinino)

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4.25 | 105 ratings
Alma De Diamante
1980
3.78 | 46 ratings
Los Niños Que Escriben En El Cielo
1981
3.56 | 41 ratings
Bajo Belgrano
1983
3.14 | 32 ratings
Madre En Años Luz
1984

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 Alma De Diamante by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.25 | 105 ratings

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Alma De Diamante
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Argentinfonico

5 stars One of the most complex and precious albums in Argentine music, one of the definitive diamonds!

After two aggressive bands like Pescado Rabioso and Invisible, Spinetta got a little tired of his characteristic progressive sound and went in search of something jazzier, more intelligently delicate and more subtle. This album is released on October 6th 1980, and just 2 months later Luis Alberto releases the comeback album of his first band Almendra entitled "El Valle Interior", where he surprises everyone with a very melancholic and deep Jazz Rock sound, with existential and nostalgic lyrics. Anyway, that album is not relevant right now.

Alma De Diamante is one of the pearls of Latin American Rock .It's a piece full of beauty; it's like a diamond split into 7 great songs!

Luis Alberto Spinetta was always a musician who was known for his use of ultra-rare chords (and chord progressions) that were sometimes even dissonant but beautiful to listen to, and when he had his Jazz Fusion breakthrough he used his creativity to create memorable works. Such is the case of "Amenabar" on this album, an instrumental piece of great complexity and very difficult to interpret.

"Alma De Diamante", the title track, is a Latin American rock anthem. "Alma De Diamante (Diamond Soul)" refers to the fact that each one of us is a unique and special person who has that inner diamond that distinguishes us from everything else in the world. The simple and memorable piece on the album.

"Con La Sombra De Tu Aliado" has a sublime instrumentation, the instruments really come together very well. The bass has perhaps its most important minutes here, with instructive lines.

"Dale Gracias" is also a familiar song within the country, with a hopeful look at the afterlife and an attempt to defeat the crisis that comes when you know you're about to cross the boundaries of life and death is coming for you, but instead of trying to avoid it anyhow, thank it for being there. "A warrior never stops his march".

"La Diosa Salvaje" is probably one of the songs that best defines Spinetta's poetic style. The instrumentation is good and calm.

"Digital Ayatollah" is a great way to close the album. Here the celebrated musician Pedro Aznar participates playing bass (this information is missing) with his unquestionable skill, and gives the ambience a quality jump, which is another proof that this album can't be listened to just like that!

"Sombras En Los Alamos" closes the curtains in such a clever way... Latin American Jazz Rock has reached the pinnacle here. The longest song on the album and, therefore, the best achieved space and where the 5 talented musicians expand as they want to. It alternates instrumental parts with excellently sung parts (possibly this album shows the best vocal moment Spinetta ever had). The keyboards, the synthesizers and the rhythm of the drums give it that special and fascinating suburban psychedelia.

5 stars very correct!

 Alma De Diamante by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.25 | 105 ratings

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Alma De Diamante
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I'm such a huge fan of the band band INVISIBLE that it was a no-brainer trying to track this one down, which wasn't easy by the way. The connection between these two bands from Argentina is singer, guitarist and composer Luis Alberto Spinetta. When the band INVISIBLE packed it in SPINETTA JADE ended up being Alberto's new project at the time. By the way I also have a solo album by Alberto called "A 18' Del Sol" which is really good. This is a Jazz/ Fusion album all the way with vocals on some tracks which are very well done. The drumming is impressive and I'd also mention the sound quality as being exceptional.

"Amenabar" is very jazzy to start with drums, bass and piano standing out. Mini-Moog comes to the fore just before a minute in this somewhat funky opening track. Synths replace the Moog but they will continue to take turns. Great sound after 3 minutes as the guitar jumps in. An excellent start. "Alma De Dia Mante" has this orchestral intro before piano and drums take over, then vocals for the first time on the album. Some emotion to these Spanish vocals in this ballad-like track. "Con Ia Sombra De Tu Aliado(El Aliado)" is another vocal track and the bass and drums are so impressive here. Nice bass solo before 2 1/2 minutes. A piano/ bass/ drum section follows. So good. A top three tune for me. "Dale Gracias" is where they slow it down some with piano and drums leading the way to start as reserved vocals take over with piano. A beat returns and it does get fuller at times but overall this is ballad-like.

"La Diosa Salvaje" is also a relaxed tune with synths and drums to start then vocals after a minute. Intricate guitar as well. Some beautiful piano melodies before 5 minutes. "Digital Ayatollah" is also a top three. Man the sounds are so punchy and precise as these intricate sounds come and go. So impressed. It seems to get fuller later on which blows me away as I try to listen to all those sounds. "Sombres En Los Alamos" is the closer and longest track at just over 8 minutes. This is another laid back tune and we get vocals as well. There's some emotion here as well as some outstanding playing. A change 4 minutes in as it turns more intense and there's more imagination as well. It settles back again as the vocals return. A top three track!

This is such a melodic and lush album, a very solid 4 star album that comes close to a couple of my favourite INVISIBLE albums but not quite.

 Alma De Diamante by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.25 | 105 ratings

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Alma De Diamante
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Emiliano

3 stars Kids, only few artists can reach the legendary status of Spinetta. Think for a second of Mark Hammill, then translate him into Spanish and give him rock-star/legend status. Well, somewhere over there you might find Spinetta, who once was one of the most prolific musicians in the Argentine scene. In fact, he once gave a 6 hour concert gathering all the bands he participated in to play his repertoire. I remember missing that gig thinking it was a solo concert, so imagine how stupid I felt when I found out what that gig was about.

Spinetta Jade is the most proggy band of Spinetta's career. This album is all about letting synthetizers and keys take the centre so as to create a jazzy sound pallete. In previous bands, guitar-centered rock compositions were the rule. An exception I would like to point out is Pescado Rabioso's Madreselva. That is a hell of a relaxing song which I can relate to Porcupine Tree's Dark Matter, though they are two completely different songs. It's just a matter of ambient and feel.

The album sets off with a jazzy instrumental, Amenabar, which sets the tone of the album and leads to the title song. Alma de Diamante is just one of those beautiful tunes that will end up sticking in your head, especially the solo, which is what I most recall from the album. Lyrics are standard Spinetta lyrics, which display a vast array of poetry-craft a la Artaud, after whom Spinetta named a Pescado Rabioso album. I cannot but urge you to listen to Cantata de Puentes Amarillos from Artaud, as it is Spinetta's masterpiece.

Rest is well... history. I don't think first listeners like to be spoiled on all songs of an album. So, roll in and enjoy a true gem of Argentine music as Spinetta Jade, its jazzy feel and lyrics that any poet would envy. The album has always been a three-star to me, but that's just a matter of feel. This album is a perfect sample of the Argentine prog-rock scene (is there still one?) so don't feel scared by the ratings: listen to it!

 Alma De Diamante by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.25 | 105 ratings

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Alma De Diamante
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by marcobrusa

4 stars Since 2012 (the year of his death) Spinetta started becoming very very popular among the young music lovers of Argentina (like me). This led to lots of hippie-snobs sharing and listening his music specially Pescado Rabioso's ARTAUD which i recommend (band that should be in this site in the "prog related" category i think). Many of those people who haven't listen to all of Spinetta's work are effectively missing this one (or not, since "the most popular video website of the world" has the "related videos" section on our right). It's not one of his famous albums like ARTAUD o ALMENDRA. This album is the result of an intelligent compilation of relaxing, introspective fusion tunes and most of them have Spinetta's poetic lyrics. His approach is very personal but i must admit this kind of compositions seem to me hugely inspired in, at that time, already existing artists from other countries (Weather Report for example). So maybe it's not an innovative album but it sure is perfect in it's own way. I give it 3.9/5.
 Alma De Diamante by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.25 | 105 ratings

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Alma De Diamante
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Spinetta Jade provided a haven for the classic jazz-rock sounds of the 1970s on this 1980 release. Whilst other fusion artists - including pioneers of the genre - struggled to adapt to 1980s production aesthetics and then-modern synthesisers, here Luis Spinetta and his comrades (particularly synthesiser and keyboard wizards Juan del Barrio and Diego Rapoport) do a brilliant job of producing an album which sounds fresh and clear and new and packed with novel synthesiser and keyboard textures on the one hand whilst still providing a fusion sound which will appeal to a broad range of fans of the genre, whether your cup of tea is the breezy textures of Weather Report, the volcanic tempestuousness of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, or the whimsy and unpredictability of Frank Zappa or the Canterbury scene.
 Los Niños Que Escriben En El Cielo by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.78 | 46 ratings

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Los Niños Que Escriben En El Cielo
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This 1982 release from SPINETTA JADE certainly has it's moments but for my tastes this comes off sounding a little too commercial. I feel like i've reviewed several albums of late that would fit the 3.5 star rating perfectly including this one.

"Moviola" is a catchy vocal track with some energy. Synths come and go including a minute in, after 2 1/2 minutes and then at 3 minutes to end it. "La Herida De Paris" has a good intro then it settles with reserved vocals and some tasty bass that growls. "El Hombre Dirigente" is uptempo with vocals coming in before a minute. Good song. "Sexo" must mean sexy right ? Anyway it's laid back with wanting (haha) vocals. Yikes ! "Siguiendo Los Pasos Del Maestro" is my favourite. Love the growly bass and it's a somewhat intense instrumental.

"Contra Todos Los Males De Este Mundo" is uptempo with guitar and more. Vocals are prominant too in this catchy tune. "Un Viento Celeste" is synth led to start then reserved vocals take over in this mellow sounding tune. Not a fan. "Note Busques Ya En El Umbral" has relaxed vocals with acoustic guitar and more. It's okay. "Influjo Estelar" is an instrumental with lots of drums and synths. "Nunca Me Oiste En Tiempo" ends the album with a catchy beat, vocals and more.

I like this record but it's a little too soft and catchy for my tastes. Check out their debut though.

 Bajo Belgrano by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.56 | 41 ratings

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Bajo Belgrano
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by crimson87
Prog Reviewer

2 stars This is the third release from Spinetta Jade and here we can recognize a slight change in sound ending up in more radio oriented songs tan their previous albums and a more lyrical approach as well. The record contains shorter songs and while the performance from the musicians is still good, is not up to the previous albums standards. The only standout track from a musical perspective being the instrumental Ping Pong.

That being said, the record still shows some fine singing by Luis Alberto Spinetta and if you have some understanding of Spanish you should check the lyrics in songs like "Resumen Porteño" or "Vida Siempre" since those are some of the best L.A Spinetta has ever written.

In the end, that's some of the few things that can be appreciated on this record since it's less exiting than the previous records while keeping the same pop jazz style found on "Los Niños que escriben en el cielo". I can only recommend this record to Spinetta's completionists, but if this is your first record from this artist you will feel very disappointed.

 Madre En Años Luz by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.14 | 32 ratings

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Madre En Años Luz
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by crimson87
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The last record by Spinetta Jade it's really different from the first two albums of the band. The Lineup of the band had some changes like the inclusion of "Mono" Fontana in keyboards and Spinetta itself played some synths on the album. Now , the overall sound and approach of the record is VERY 80's so expect some drum machines , cheesy keyboards and more.

That being said , this record is far from bad , even if it has very few aspects of interest for prog rock aficionados since it's basically a pop album. But a good one indeed! The highlights of this record are "Entonces es como dar amor" and the ballad "Ludmila". With the exception of "Este es el hombre de Hielo" in my opinion there are no weak tracks on this album , but none of them has the quality shown on the first two records by the band. That being said , it's a far stronger release than the previous "Bajo Belgrano".

A good record but without the level of excellence of the first two albums of the band. Recommended only if you are a Spinetta Jade fan like myself but don't expect to hear jazz ? fusion on this one.

 Los Niños Que Escriben En El Cielo by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.78 | 46 ratings

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Los Niños Que Escriben En El Cielo
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by crimson87
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Los niños que escriben en el cielo is Spinetta Jade sophomore effort and while it's more mainstream oriented it still features the same characteristics that made the previous álbum Alma de Diamante a really strong release: Odd time signatures , great bass lines and ethereal keyboards , this time with a more rock approach in some of the songs and a stronger 80's sound if you know what I mean , but in this record it's still tolerable.

Out of the records 10 tracks , the standouts are some Spinetta's classics like "La Herida de Paris" or "Un viento celeste" still being performed today in live concerts. There are some other particular songs that are really remarkable like "Nunca me oiste en tiempo" or "Influjo estelar". However , the record is less consistent than the previous album having some weak songs in the middle.

In the end , this record is still a good blend of jazz fusion and poppier songs like "Contra todos los males de este mundo" or "Moviola". The quality of the musicians involved is still top notch and the repertoire is more varied than Alma de Diamante but a somewhat weaker.

3.6 stars for me rounded up to 4. A very enjoyable record for the ones looking for accessible jazz fusion stuff.

 Alma De Diamante by SPINETTA JADE album cover Studio Album, 1980
4.25 | 105 ratings

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Alma De Diamante
Spinetta Jade Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by crimson87
Prog Reviewer

5 stars The first record made by Spinetta Jade is one of the highlights of South American Jazz ? Fusion scene. To make a summary description of this album , it's a very accessible jazz rock record including passionate vocals by Spinetta. All members of the band are masters of their respective instrument , but they don't overplay or have many solo spots making the record very friendly for newcomers to the jazz ? fusion genre.

The record is the most consistent of the Spinetta Jade releases including seven really strong tracks. Among those tracks you will find two instrumental tracks (Amenabar and Digital Ayatollah) and the other 5 tracks include stellar performances by all the band members and the most important factor of this album are the lovely vocals by the band leader Luis Alberto Spinetta.

Instrumentally , this record has predominant bass and keyboard sounds but is far from being a keyboard driven album , the guitar is classy played by Spinetta on the whole record and the record it's very balanced. I strongly recommend this album to those who want to get either into jazz fusion since it's much more accessible than the records from the "Big Three" of the genre meaning Weather Report , Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever.

This record is one of those hidden gems that can be found among the site and hope that this review will help you in raising your interest in South American prog and Jazz Fusion in general

IMPORTANT: If you want to check an even stronger jazz fusion album by Spinetta get A 18' del Sol. At the time this record is not included on the site.

Thanks to Symphonic Team for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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