Existential

El Existential

by Grupo Fantasma
     
 
Grupo Fantasma's fame for their collaborations, either in full group mode or individually, almost outstrips that of their own work -- a pity, because as their fifth album El Existential readily demonstrates, they deserve plenty of credit for their own work. The rich roil of sounds the band explores throughout is no surprise;

Overview

Grupo Fantasma's fame for their collaborations, either in full group mode or individually, almost outstrips that of their own work -- a pity, because as their fifth album El Existential readily demonstrates, they deserve plenty of credit for their own work. The rich roil of sounds the band explores throughout is no surprise; exuberant horns, classic funk beats, upbeat rhythms, crackling guitar bursts, and much more besides can be heard in the first song, "Realizando," alone, and the rest of the album lives up to that start. While one could argue that the result is ultimately inspired fusion rather than a new path forged, it's that inspiration that is the key (and why else would one song be titled "Cumbianchera" if it wasn't a combination of exactly what it suggests?). Even the two guest star appearances give a perfect sense of the range at work -- salsa piano legend Larry Harlow, who's previously played with the group, takes a new turn on "Juan Tenorio," while Meat Puppets main man Curt Kirkwood appears on "Telaraña" to add a little guitar twang and kick to an already peppy song. The main focus is of course on the band's work straight-up and the group's perfectly in-the-pocket playing just serves it up one song after another almost without a break; by the time they hit a slower number with "Hijo" it almost feels like the necessary lull for a group of dancers to catch their breath a bit -- only for the big guitar riffs and drums on the break to help fire things up yet again. Similarly, individual moments leap out all over the place -- like the handclaps and brass break on "La Conozco" and the high-speed (and brilliantly played) introduction to "El Consejo" swinging into a thrilling main arrangement.

Editorial Reviews

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Infused with move-your-body Latin beats propelling north-of-the-border melodies, Grupo Fantasma’s latest release, El Existential, is an inclusively global auditory rush. ...Their best work to date.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
Label:
Ingrooves
UPC:
0899564000621
catalogNumber:
006

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Performance Credits

Grupo Fantasma   Primary Artist
Larry Harlow   Keyboards,Group Member
Scott McIntosh   Tenor Saxophone
Curt Kirkwood   Guitar,Group Member
Mike Flores   Slide Guitar
Raúl Vallejo   Trombone
Gilbert Elorreaga   Trumpet,Group Member
Joseph Shuffield   Violin
Peter Stopschinski   Organ
Adrian Quesada   Guitar,Group Member
Beto Martinez   Guitar,Group Member
Leo Gauna   Trombone,Soloist
Gengee Centeno   Alto Saxophone
Matthew "Sweet Lou" Holmes   Conga,Vibes,Group Member
Josh Levy   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Greg Gonzalez   Bass,Group Member
John Speice   Percussion
Travis Davis   Keyboards
Jose Galeano   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Johnny Lopez   Drums,Group Member
Leo Rodriguez   Background Vocals
Kris Kimura   Saxophone
Jenn Acosta   Background Vocals
Salvador Hurtado   Slide Guitar
Rodolfo "Kino" Esparza   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Maddux   Accordion
Mark "Speedy" Gonzales   Trombone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Scott McIntosh   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Victor Axelrod   Engineer
Brendan Burke   Engineer
Grupo Fantasma   Composer,Producer
Charles Burst   Engineer
Peter Stopschinski   String Arrangements
Adrian Quesada   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Beto Martinez   Composer
David Lobel   Executive Producer
Josh Levy   Composer
Greg Gonzalez   Composer
Jose Galeano   Composer
Mark Gonzales   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Johnny Lopez   Composer
Kino Esparza   Composer
John Rubio   Artwork
Joe Galeano   Composer
Roseana Lahti   Composer
Rodolfo "Kino" Esparza   Composer
Pablo E. Yglesias AKA DJ Bongohead   Liner Notes

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