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Companyia Elèctrica Dharma


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.21 | 18 ratings

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2 stars Despite its very good sound ''Diumenge'' went rather unnoticed by the authors at the time because the style of Companyia Electrica Dharma was considered unoriginal.Slowly the group deeped into the music of Catalan composer Joaquim Serra and started adding different influences in their music.Relative success would follow after the win at Trobada de l'Ona Mediterrania held in Barcelona next to names like Toti Soler, Orquestra Mirasol or Jordi Sabates.Several other gigs would encountered and another album was recorded at the Gema 2 Studio in January 76', entitled ''L'Oucomballa'' and released again on Zeleste.

This one marks a new era for the Catalan group, leaving behind the tight Fusion of the debut for a more Jazz/Folk-oriented debut, where the Ethnic vibes meet the loose performances of Jazz Music.The WEATHER REPORT source of inspiration is however more than evident in the longer tracks, presenting an improvised Jazz Rock with extended individual performances on guitars and electric piano, while the saxes sound ethereal.The sound is very smooth and laid-back with light interplays and mellow improvised jams, while the level of technique is quite excellent though not acoustically conveincing.Some of the shorter tracks sound more interesting, somewhere between the solid Fusion of their debut and the new approach of the band with the obvious Mediterennean flavor around, especially when the acoustic guitars take over.''Ball Llunatic-Toc'' is propably the best of them with a fiery and dramatic Jazz/Fusion with fantastic sax and energetic grooves and ''Mater Maritima'' contains some really interesting guitar solos.The rest of the material is a bit confusing with the group trying to keep a balance between their early and more recent stylings, but failing to offer trully imaginative and personal arrangements.

''L'Oucomballa'' is a pretty nice album for anyone who wants to gets mystified into an amalgam of Jazz Rock and Folk.But it actually fails to impress next to Companyia Electrica Dharma's stunning debut...2.5 stars.

apps79 | 2/5 |


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