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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Cancion De Los Callos (3:48)
2. Crisalida (4:51)
3. Como Un Mensaje (4:15)
4. Te Quiero Para... (4:29)
5. Otro Muerto (4:31)
6. A Medio Vivir (5:11)
7. Elastica (5:15)
8. Punto Aparte (4:00)
9. Mas Elastica (1:10)
10. Vaina De Aqui (6:16)
11. Va A Llover... (10:05)
12. Cancion De Lulu (4:25)

Total Time 58:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Jonatan Piña Duluc / vocals, guitar, keyboards, saxophones
- Kilvin Peña / bass, vocals
- Pablo Peña / drums, vocals
Gues musicians:
- Iván Baptista / guitar (11)
- Eliezer Ramírez / percussion
- Miguel Andrés Tejeda / organ (3)
- Patricio Bonilla / trombone (4, 7)
- Jorge Luis Mateo / trumpet (4, 7)
- Johandy Ureña / drums (5)
- Willy Cruz / french horn (7)
- Ivanova Casimiro / violin (7)
- Raymond Félix / cello (7)

Releases information

Release date: September 2007
Label: Self released
Format: CD & Digital

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Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Errors & Omissions Team
4 stars El Trio is a Jazz Rock/Prog trio from Dominican Republic. The band is formed by Jonatan Piña Duluc (vocals, guitars and saxophones), Kilrin Peña (bass) and Johandy Ureña (drums).

Siempre Que Hay Un Corazón... (Whenever there is a heart) is their first album and it was self released on 2007.

For me is amazing to listen to a band like El Trio and to realize that superb music doesn't need to come from USA or England. In fact I know that, but to be reassured of that is always good. It's also amazing to me how good the band was for a first recording, giving that they took 2 years to complete the recordings this just goes to show. Also, the overal quality of the recording is top notch!

I don't like the term Latin Jazz, I think it is useless as a tag for music, but I cannot deny the fact that El Trio has Latin moments. If in one side they can be very edgy and Rock like in 'Crisálida' on the very next track the Latin flavour appears in 'Como Un Mensaje' and also on the mix of Jazz and Latin music of 'Otro Muerto'.

Overall an amazing debut album and you can take a look on their Bandcamp page to prove:

Review by kev rowland
3 stars El Trio is a jazz rock fusion trio from Dominican Republic, formed in 2003 by Jonatan Pi'a Duluc (vocals, guitar, keyboard, saxophone, producer), Kilvin Pe'a (bass, backing vocals) and Pablo Pe'a (drums, backing vocals). 'Siempre Que Hay Un Coraz'n...' (Whenever there is a heart) was their debut album, original released in 2007 and now digitally reissued in 2017 by Progshine Records. As far as I'm aware, this is the first band I have heard from the Dominican Republic, but music really doesn't have any boundaries, and this in Jonatan they have a quite outstanding guitarist, who can shred with the best of them.

It is obvious that Kilvin is playing a fretless bass, which allows for some real warmth and depth, while his relationship with Pablo is incredibly strong. For me the songs that really work are those without such a high South American feel to them, as these move more to the mainstream. Also, Jonatan is an okay singer, but nothing more than that and I personally would have liked to have heard more passages where he is leading proceedings with his sterling guitarwork. Given that this was a self-release the production is strong, and I can see why Progshine Records have decided to make this available once again.

Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars EL TRIO is a interesting case of a jazz-rock coming from the Dominican Republic where Latin dance music such as merengue, bachata and salsa are very much the dominant musical force with newer more hip styles like reggaeton entertaining the younger crowds. This is a three-piece band that originated in Santiago de los Caballeros which in the northern part of the country. As the moniker suggests in Spanish that this is indeed a trio that includes singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonatan Piña Duluc (aka Jonas) along with Kilvin Peña (bass) and Johandy Ureña (drums).

This band formed all the way back in 2003 and has only released three albums since with this debut album SIEMPRE QUE HAY UN CORAZÓN (Whenever There Is A Heart) having been released in 2007 on Progshine Records. While situated in the Latin culture where progressive rock and jazz-fusion are not the most popular of genres, EL TRIO eked out a living in the underground mostly influenced by the American and British scenes but didn't totally erase the cultural heritage which surrounded them by adding in small doses of Latin flavors and keeping the lyrics in the national Spanish language.

SIEMPRE QUE HAY UN CORAZÓN adopts the Latin tradition of keeping the album light-hearted and a joyful listening experience and when listening to this one it's not a stretch to imagine yourself on the beach gazing at the Caribbean Sea with a nice adult beverage by your side. While more jazz-rock than jazz-fusion per se, EL TRIO mostly delivers gentle vocal driven songs that hum along with funky guitar rhythms along with the bass however knotty progressive rock time signature deviations pop up from time to time and add some zest to the otherwise straight forward jazz rockers. In fact the overall sound is more bossa nova oriented than anything from the Spanish speaking world.

The strength of the album is in how the compositions are arranged with light breezy segments alternating with heavier rock and fortified with jazzy saxophones, atmospheric keyboards and oft syncopated rhythmic grooves. For the most part the album doesn't resonate as a progressive rock album at all but then certain angularities arise out of nowhere. Occasionally Latin influences do creep in like outbursts of Latin percussion ensembles or Spanish language vocal gymnastics. This is definitely on prog lite mode but doesn't disappoint for those who dig a different style of music form that blends different disparate genres across the great divide of cultures.

Clocking in at nearly an hour, SIEMPRE QUE HAY UN CORAZÓN inevitably drifts on past its time and outstays its welcome and beings to sound like a chore around the 40 minute mark as the tracks start sounding a bit samey as the formula is set on autopilot. This is definitely an interesting debut that forges a new path especially in a country not associated with prog at all such as the Dominican Republic. I for one am pleased that the Latin influences creep in to give the musical variety much more color however when all is said and done this one should've been trimmed down a bit with tighter arrangements that give the album more of a cohesive feel rather than a random sampling of songs. A great start for an interesting act and as good as this one is fails to captivate for its entire running time. Perhaps more prog outbursts would've spiced this up a bit more.

3.5 rounded down

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