Wednesday 2 June 2021

Arco Iris - Faisán Azul (1983)

The tenth album from this band from Argentina.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of percussion of all sorts, drums, bass, guitars, melodica, flute, saxophone, pan flutes and vocals.

The band had taken a small sabbatical before they returned with this album. A well deserved one too.

The band returns with a three quarters of an album worth of music full of jazz and fusion. That is jazz and fusion very much inspired by and infused with the local folk music. Native folk music.

There is a lot of pan flutes here. But not soppy pan flutes as in the numerous commercial muzak albums with pan flutes which has littered the music scene for the last thirty years. 

The pan flutes on this album is played with lots of soul and great skills. The other flutes and guitars are also delivered with great gusto and adds a lot to this album.

The music is pretty intense and with lots of voices used as instruments. There is a some avant-garde prog on this album because of that. 

The music here is exotic and pretty unusual to say at least. Western ears and cultural identities may have some problems getting used to this music. The music is really good though and well worth checking out... and enjoying.

Check out this album.

3 points


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