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EN EL BUNKER

Fulano

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.80 | 24 ratings

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apps79
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3 stars Fulano became soon extremely popular and the books of Chilean Music include their monumental live show in August 88' in front of 4,000 people at the Stadio Nacional of Santiago.In 1989 another cassete album was released by the group, this time it was a double one, recorded at the Filmocentro Studios between April and June 1989.The same album was re-released in CD format a few years later.

Exaggerated Jazz/Fusion with RIO tendencies is the presented material here with the group delivering again the theatrical aspects of its sound, this time a heavy RETURN TO FOREVER influence comes on surface, as Fulano's style was flexible enough to come through impressive jazzy workouts with constant presence of wind instruments and reach the Latin-influenced Fusion aesthetics with bombastic instrumental battles.However the material is quite long to be fully consistent and there are some uninteresting moments with deep experimentations, solid but long improvisations and needless individual performances like the drum solo of Guillermo Valenzuela.It is pretty incredible the fact that the group could produce some very hard-to-the-ear Chamber/Jazz exercises with dominant use of clarinet and saxes and place them next to groovy, almost fukny ideas or more ethereal, downtempo tunes with a soft atmosphere and decent flute parts.They were putting up a real show back at the time, characterized by the changes in tempos and moods with Arlette Jecquier becoming something like a trademark for the band with her expressive, theatrical voice.The Fusion-oriented tracks are propably the most interesting ones, featuring lots of breaks and great, loose playing by the group, based in one-packaged attacking interplays, psychedelic vibes and theatrical inspirations.

A work to be discovered by all fans of flexible, over-the-top Jazz/Prog Fusion.Maybe too excessive at moments, still containing parts of sheer brilliance.Recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |

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