Exposé Online banner

Govea — Danza Urbana
((Not on label) no#, 2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2011-06-01

Danza Urbana Cover artThis Mexican trio is led by keyboard wizard Salvador Govea, who also handles most of the compositions and arrangements. He is joined by bassist Luis Arturo Guerrero and drummer Victor Baldovinos, the latter who is probably better known for his work with Iconoclasta, Delirium, Muros de Agua and other bands. Guest bassists join on a couple tracks, while some guest electric guitar joins on one other. Danza Urbana is a collection of seven instrumental tracks that exemplify the best in classic progressive rock. While primarily informed by a combination of European classical music and complex rock, there are nonetheless strong voices of jazz, a bit of funk, Mexican traditional music, and even some hints of blues embedded within Govea's compositions, depending on which track is under consideration. There are more than occasional hints of Keith Emerson's jazz-influenced work circa the first ELP album, and beautiful cyclical ostinatos supporting understated melodies. Some pieces take their time building tension while moving steadily toward a point where strong melodic lines rule the moment. Guerrero and Baldovinos play solid support roles throughout, meshing with the keys and providing occasional solos, but more than anything the two gel superbly as a rhythm section. While not exactly groundbreaking, it's nonetheless refreshing to find musicians who can breathe new life into the classic progressive rock idiom.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Govea

Latest news

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

2018-02-26
Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Hur! Hommage à la Musique de Christian Vander – On the occasion of Magma’s 40th anniversary as a band, Soleil Zeuhl has assembled this excellent tribute compilation featuring an array of artists, including several former members of the band...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover

New album from The Wrong Object



Print issues