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Alejandro Herrera biography
Alejandro Herrera plays the electric bass since he was 12 years old.
From 1986 he has been leading his own groups where he develops his career as a composer and arranger and his present group is one of the most outstanding ones of jazz scene in Buenos Aires - Argentina.
On the other hand due to his versatility with the instrument, he is required by musicians of different styles to do recordings, and is also called to play with foreign musicians that tour around South America. Lately he has been part of several local groups like: "Ricardo Nole Trio", "Clase Unica" trio, Gustavo Bergalli quintet, "Robert Petinatto & Now", Alejandro Santos group, among others. During 2002 he toured round USA and Europe as part of the guitar player Al Di Meola´s group.
Also every 2 years since 1992, he does European tours with the Austrian saxophone player "Karlheinz Miklin & Quinteto Argentina". He has also been teaching since 1987 and has done workshops in several countries around the world.

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4.08 | 5 ratings

Minority Report
Alejandro Herrera Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by The Quiet One
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Bass Report

Minority Report is Alejandro Herrera's first solo output, released in 2003. Alejandro is a well recognised, professional left-handed bass player here in Argentina, playing with well recognised jazz player from here in pubs, as well as touring through Europe with his fellow Austrian friend saxophone player, Karlheinz Miklin. In his first solo album, he has focused on the funkiest side of the bass, bringing a pretty unique contemporary Jazz Fusion album, however the music itself is not purely funk and not even close, way more elaborated than that. Notable influence is Weather Report (Jaco period), as well as some hints from a native jazz fusion band, Spinetta Jade. The album was recorded in two countries, in Argentina and France, I'll divide my review into two as the following:

Tracks recorded in Argentina(tracks 1-5 and 8): The album starts off with a very abrupt and catchy style, dominated by Alejandro's bass. You also got a very good deal with the sax and trumpet. It's a great opener, not taking the listener's atention off at any moment. Then comes the title track, a softer song, but nonethless keeping the listener's attention with impecable bass playing as well as some groovy hammond ala Jimmy Smith. Follows up 'Mati Smiles', a very gentle jazz song, written by Alejandro dedicated to his son, Matías. The song is in the vein of 'A Remark You Made' by Weather Report, led by a soft fretless and sax. 'Enemy Inside Me' is a breathtaking composition with the killer bass opening, and some very good synths. 'Bluenoter' is in the vein of the opener. With some epic saxophone and flugerhorn. There's some very nice piano playing in the background with a good rhythm set by Oscar Giunta(drums) and José Bale(percussion). 'Fourth Trip' is a mid-paced jazz song, opened with some slap bass guitar, and then again with the sax and trumpet leading the melody. There's also some congas in the rhythm section giving it a quite unique tempo.

Tracks recorded in France(tracks 6 & 7): 'Loneliness' leaves out the catchiness aside, and is headed more to traditional jazz. With slow melodic bass and sax, and with some piano giving the song an even more traditional style. The traditional jazz is gone, and 'Lady of the Bridge' opens with another fantastic bass line. An excellent work from each member, the composition is really good giving some time for each member to shine.

Indeed a fine debut for a very talented bass player. I would recomend this album to those fans of Bill Bruford's Earthworks or Weather Report(Jaco's period). Also highly recomended for those who love albums where the bass is the lead instrument in most ocassions, and gotta to say the playing of this is outstanding.

4 stars, excellent addition to your Jazz/Fusion collection.

Thanks to alucard for the artist addition.

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