Exposé Online banner

Musicante (Guillermo Diego Ensamble) — Sonoridades Mexicanas
(El Paraiso CDGLP034, 1987/1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1994-08-01

Sonoridades Mexicanas Cover artWhile not exactly a reissue, this compilation by Guillermo Diego y Musicante includes all of the material from their 1987 album A los Cuatro Vientos, plus two tracks from 1982's Buscando un Tesoro, both of which have been next to impossible to find for quite some time. Their music is a meeting of neo-classical oriented chamber rock, Latin folk and prehispanic themes, for the most part played by a large nine-piece ensemble of flute, clarinet, oboe, three-piece string section, guitars, synthesizer and percussion. The result is a vibrant ethnic fusion that is completely original and unique. Some comparisons could be drawn to Art Zoyd, yet the music here is not quite so angular and abstract — maybe closer to a Julverne with a touch of Aleacion and Jorge Reyes added for good measure. Each of the album's six pieces grows through a series of melodic developments and refinements, often leading through changes in the overall energy level where the neo-classical and ethnic components take turns in the forefront. Ultimately, though, it's the classical elements that tend to dominate most of the pieces, especially on the later material. For those that need to be tied down by the anchor of a steady rock rhythm, this music here may seem too much of an aeriform fantasia; for most, though, this one should please. My highest recommendation.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 4, 1994 releases, 1987 recordings

Related artist(s): Guillermo Diego (Musicante)

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Acid Mothers Temple +/- Guru Guru - Crystal Rainbow Pyramid & Psychedelicnavigator – Here we have a brand spanking new full length album from Acid Mothers Temple featuring their recent addition of female vocalist Kitagawa Hao. AMT front man Kawabata Makoto claims, half-jokingly, that...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues