Gualberto — Vericuetos
(Lost Vinyl LV-011, 1976/1994, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01If the first fifteen seconds of the opener "Luz de Invierno" don't convince you that you've made a good purchase — with the duel between violin, sitar and string-synths, then perhaps nothing will. It doesn't get much better than this! For the second album, Garcia has eschewed vocals and created a purely instrumental progressive music of the highest caliber. The lineup this time adds keyboards in a big way, as well as more challenging structures and frequent changes. Violinist Art Wohl reappears on violin, but aside from this, the rest of the lineup are new faces. The five long tracks go through many changes and mood shifts, offering complex rhythms and tasteful arrangements that, while offering the strong support to the melodic component, still manage to inject a strong Spanish flavor into the music. The sitar is used more as an integral part of the sound rather than an embellishment, and the keyboards keep the sound full and robust. Compared to the first album, Vericuetos is light years ahead, both in the vision and maturity. Although it may take a few listens to grow into this one (what great album doesn't?), this is one I can wholeheartedly recommend to all fans across the board. Five stars all the way.
Related artist(s): Gualberto
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more