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Having started as a ZAPPA cover band, the goal of SUL DIVANO is and has always been to spread its own musical adventures in rhythmical and harmonic richness, under the guidance of guitarist Tony MOLITERNI: he led the arrangements for the band's repertoire and, eventually, became the writer of the original material as it came out. Frank ZAPPA is a major reference for SUL DIVANO, but Astor PIAZZOLLA is, too. His pioneering tango-fusion work, together with the incorporation of some Latin-jazz cadences, solidifies the peculiar Latin flavors that SUL DIVANO provides in many tracks of their own, as well as the usual ZAPPA covers.

The band's pre-history was as a jazz power-trio comprising MOLITERNI on guitar, Jorge DOMÍNGUEZ on drums and Andrés FIGUEROA on bass. Failed attempts to augment the band with the inclusion of a singer led to a gradual increase of the instrumental department. When Rafael SURIJÓN entered the band as the new bass player, FIGUEROA switched to bass clarinet. Shortly afterwards, the line-up was completed with saxophonists Adalberto VENTUROTI and Guillermo FORTSMAN, as well as second guitarist Alejandro MONTSERRAT. July 19th of 1996 was the day of the first SUL DIVANO's concert, playing ZAPPA, HENDRIX and Scott HENDERSON covers: pieces from THE ALLMAN BROTHERS and PIAZZOLLA (with refreshing electric arrangements) were also added in the band's setlists. For three years, live gigs were somewhat frequent. A special concert for SUL DIVANO took place in a ZAPPA tribute concert in 1999, when the band had a special guest musician on stage: Arthur BARROW, bassist, keyboardist and rehearsal director for ZAPPA himself between 1978 and 1984. Other special moments involved musicians such as Steve VAI and Mike KENEALLY watching the band play: the latter even joined the band on stage for one or two tracks.

The band's first phonographic items were a CD and an EP full of covers, until they released "Fumigando Catedrales", which comprises 8 original MOLITERNI compositions (plus 3 ZAPPA covers).

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SUL DIVANO is sure to appeal all lovers of good, exciting jazz-rock with room for powerful guitar inputs and refreshing horn ensembles: the incorporated tastes of fusion and ZAPPA-related sonorities give the band's overall sound an additional interest.

Plays Zappa, studio album (1998)
Mangiamela, EP (2000)
Fumigando Catedrales, studi...
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5.00 | 3 ratings
Plays Zappa
4.13 | 5 ratings
Fumigando Catedrales

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 Fumigando Catedrales by SUL DIVANO album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.13 | 5 ratings

Fumigando Catedrales
Sul Divano Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Sul Divano, the amazing Argentinean combo led by guitarist Tony Moliterni, will always bear that unhidden connection to Zappa since it began as (mostly) a Zappa cover band. "Fumigando Catedrales" is the first Sul Divano item based on original material, although it also includes some Zappa pieces. The use of Latin- jazz, fusion and hard-driven jazz-rock elements in many relevant places of the repertoire keeps Sul Divano from being just a Zappa clone. This album embraces a very cohesive sonic scheme. 'Osa Mayor' bears a polished dynamics that is fluidly developed through the motifs' sequential process. 'Praia do Gunga' states a more lyrical accent, and as a contrast, the bass guitar delivers some rough lines along the way; additionally, the long guitar solo creates explosive expansions that never get to break the overall mood. 'El Loro de Pasteur' starts with a circus-like ambience that eventually lands on funky ground, delivered in a patently dense fashion. The segued cover of 'Dupree's Paradise' makes a valid recreation of the original extended version: it includes a delicious piano solo. 'El Sueño de David Vincent' states a weird mixture of stylish reggae and chamber-rock - it includes a jazzy quotation of Richard Wagner's "Also Sprach Zarathustra" a swell as a humorous intersection of cartoon-like motifs. The namesake track is a definite highlight: its various adornments and twists state a balance between freedom and control in such a bizarre manner that it almost resembles pure chaos... but evidently it is not. Picture a hybrid of Picchio dal Pozzo and "Mysterious Travelle"-ea Weather Report with ounce of "Grand Wazoo"-era Zappa, and you might as well have it figured out. 'Llamen al Sai Baba' is a mid-tempo rocker set on a 5/4 tempo, with proper big band ornament settled in for good effect. 'La Canción del Joven Empresario' bears a recurrent jazz-funky vibe with extra Latin colors and a robust, somewhat aggressive instrumental portion. The tongue-in-cheek humor of 'The Meek Shall Inherit Nothing' and the agile complexity of 'Marque-son's Chicken' (the other two Zappa covers) keep the heat of the moment working tightly. The closer 'Mangiamela' (with lyrics inspired by the Hugh Grant-Divine scandal) states a well-ordained balance between the splendor of early 70s Zappa and the muscle early 80s Zappa. Zappa has to be mentioned a few times when reviewing a Sul Divano record, but as I said earlier, this is not a clone band, but an ensemble with enough original dynamism as to sort out a little distance from its major references. Anyway, "Fumigando Catedrales" is an excellent pog-jazz item from Latin America.
Thanks to Cesar Inca for the artist addition.

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