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Xavi REIJA is a Spanish drummer born in 1972 in Barcelona. He began his musical studies at the age of 19 and finished among others Berklee College of Music in 1999 and since then worked mostly as a session musician with a lot of jazz related bands and other internationally known prolific artists such as Gary WILLIS of TRIBAL TECH and Steve HOGARTH of MARILLION to name a few from the progressive rock scene. Around 2004 he started working as band leader in the form of his projects like DX and the other simply named XAVI REIJA ELECTRIC QUINTET from which he regularly kept in the line-up the bassist Bernat HERNANDEZ (student of Gary WILLIS) and the Serbian jazz rock guitarist Dusan JEVTOVIĆ. This is the trio that worked on his recent album 'Resolution' in 2014 which REIJA dedicated to his father Joseph REIJA. In the projects he led he plays a fresh sound of fusion mimicking music like post rock, but besides his solo discography he is still a very active live performer in other bands and an author and instructor for playing the drums on the side.

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3.25 | 9 ratings

Xavi Reija Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Xavi is recognized as being one of Spain's top jazz drummers, and over the last fifteen years has built his reputation by working with artists such Steve Hogarth (Marillion), Gary Willis (Tribal Tech), Monica Green (The Supremes), Caco Senante, O 'Funk'illo and Pep Sala Joaquin Calderon. But he has also been working on his own bands, releasing 'Two Sides' with DX Project, two albums with the Xavi Reija Electric Quintet as well as trimming that down to the Xavi Reija Electric Trio who prior to this had released a DVD. Now he is back, again in a trio environment, with Bernat Hernández on bass, and Dusan Jevtović on guitars. Bernat also played with Dusan on the latter's album 'Am I Walking Wrong' which was released last year.

When I first started listening to jazz as a child, it was bands led by drummers that I became most interested in, and the very first jazz album I ever bought with my own money was by Gene Krupa. There is something about music being geared towards the complexity and freedom that comes from a powerhouse at the back that really lifts the overall, and if you normally listen to metal then you would have to agree that Testament's recent stunning live opus just wouldn't be half as dynamic if Gene Hoglan wasn't behind the kit. Only four of these compositions are group numbers, with the other seven all scored by Xavi, but the common theme throughout is the sheer amount of space that these guys have given themselves to work with. That they are all stunning musicians are never in doubt, but they know the importance of simplicity as well as complexity, and know the right time to deliver what is required, with fuzzed distortion adding to the overall sound.

The three musicians work off each other, and the result is an avant garde album that combines improvisation with funk and melody, distortion and feedback with clean struck notes, polyrhythmic sounds with simple timekeeping, so much so that the listener never really knows what is coming next. A very strong production tops off yet another incredibly strong release from the Moonjune label. www.moonjune.com


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