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Filtros

by Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos
 
Guillermo Klein has, through a handful of CDs, incorporated minimalism, deeply hued piano chord shadings, progressive big-band charts, and folk rhythms from his native Argentina. He continues on this path with his group Los Guachos (not spelled "gauchos," as in the South American pampas cowboys), an exceptional 11-piece group that is as

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Guillermo Klein has, through a handful of CDs, incorporated minimalism, deeply hued piano chord shadings, progressive big-band charts, and folk rhythms from his native Argentina. He continues on this path with his group Los Guachos (not spelled "gauchos," as in the South American pampas cowboys), an exceptional 11-piece group that is as skilled and dedicated to this music as is the leader. Klein is heard singing songs more on this effort, and incorporates 20th century composers in the mix. Indications are that although this is progressive jazz stylistically, Klein's influences and taste goes well beyond bop, standard ballads, or American blues, and he has attained a signature sound that is recognizable from the opening track. Klein is also always good for at least two epic tracks per effort, and here "Muila" sports an iridescent melody played in 6/8 and then reversed, fueled by the flute of Miguel Zenón, high-end horns, and a lithe valve trombone solo from Diego Urcola. "Luz de Liz (Filtros)" is in mixed meters with crying horns and a probing piano -- a slow and deliberate ride on the mystery train for sure, with unpredictable tempo and drum accents from the always able Jeff Ballard. Urcola is back on his familiar trumpet with fellow brass man Taylor Haskins in a somber mood for "Memes," but they step up the pace via Ballard, who spots up and downplays rhythms so expertly. Electric guitarist Ben Monder is very present for the secretive intro on "Memes," the body of "Luz de Liz," and underneath the horns and piano throughout. He is certainly forming an original voice on his instrument apart from his peer group. Klein interprets the slow and liturgical Olivier Messiaen religious peace song "Louange á l'Éternité de Jesus," and adds delicate keyboard to the horn lines from György Ligeti's "Hungarian Rock" on the Argentine folk song "Vaca." Of the vocal tracks, there is a basic line on the love ballad "Amor Profundo" contrasted in meters of seven and five, the folkish "Va Roman" where Klein's signature repeating piano chords are evident, and a group vocal during the melancholy "Yeso." Holdovers from previous editions of Los Guachos -- like saxophonist Chris Cheek, percussionist Richard Nant, electric bassist Fernando Huergo, Zenón, Urcola, and Ballard -- all understand this music fully, and breathe a life into it that Klein not only expects, but needs for it to fully flower. Still very under-recognized as one of the premier contemporary composer/arrangers in modern music, Klein is past due to rank among such elite as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Carla Bley, and Maria Schneider.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728117722
catalogNumber:
1177
Rank:
189394

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Performance Credits

Guillermo Klein & Los Guachos   Primary Artist
Taylor Haskins   Trumpet,Group Member
Fernando Huergo   Electric Bass,Group Member
Ben Monder   Guitar,Group Member
Diego Urcola   Trumpet,Valve Trombone,Group Member
Guillermo Klein   Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Chris Cheek   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Jeff Ballard   Drums,Group Member
Bill McHenry   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Miguel Zenón   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Richard Nant   Percussion,Group Member
Sandro Tomasi   Trombone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Taylor Haskins   Composer
Guillermo Klein   Composer
François Zalacain   Producer
Aya Takemura   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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