Llinás — En Remolinos
(Bandcamp no#, 2019, DL)
by Jon Davis, Published 2020-12-09
Daniel Reyes Llinás is a Colombian guitarist and composer with Guitar Craft credentials, though En Remolinos is anything but Frippian. These ten compositions seamlessly blend RIO with South American sounds (plus a hint of the Balkans) for a truly fascinating style unlike anything you’re likely to have heard before. “Witaminka” starts off with hand drums, then adds bass guitar, bass clarinet, cello, and electric guitar playing independent lines that mesh together into a lovely piece of modern chamber music. “Mandolín” brings in the beautiful voice of Marta Topferova along with accordion and cuatro for what sounds like something you might hear in an Argenitian cafe. Vasko Dukowski’s bass clarinet is particularly effective. With the first of three “Vortex” tracks, Llinás throws a major curve, with a highly chaotic improvisational excursion rife with electronic noises and screeches from the woodwinds. Following tracks return to more composed idioms, and Dukowski gets to play some dextrous clarinet that would be at home in a Bulgarian wedding band. Meaghan Burke’s cello provides beautiful melodies as well as harmonic support in the lower register; the unconventional rhythm section features Alexi David (electric and upright bass), John O’Brien (drums), and Aleksandar Petrov (tapan drum). Llinás is joined by Luis Carlos Ianes on second guitar. “Parábola” is another wonderful vocal tune, with a slightly offbeat riff backing the highly chromatic melody. Every track has charms of its own, and on the whole it’s an impressive accomplishment in creative writing and arranging for small ensemble.
Related artist(s): Daniel Reyes Llinás
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