El Existential

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Ingrooves
  • UPC: 899564000621
  • Catalog Number: 006
  • Sales rank: 150,530

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Realizando (4:17)
  2. 2 La Conozco (4:16)
  3. 3 Sacatelo Bailando (4:07)
  4. 4 El Consejo (4:08)
  5. 5 Hijo (3:34)
  6. 6 Juan Tenorio (5:17)
  7. 7 Montañozo (4:03)
  8. 8 Calor (2:57)
  9. 9 25 (1:04)
  10. 10 Reconciliar (3:29)
  11. 11 Telaraña (4:07)
  12. 12 Cumbianchera (3:47)
  13. 13 Araña Cuña (3:22)
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Album Credits

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 IV 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
Erik Wofford Mastering
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 Jr. 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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