Friday, February 08, 2013

Guapo - History Of The Visitation (Cuneiform, 2013)

Guapo is a band that melds progressive rock to jazz fusion and delivers a potent wallop of powerful electric music over the course of three long tracks (with three more live tracks added on the CD/DVD combo version of the album.) The band is made up of David J. Smith on drums, Kavus Torabi on guitar, James Sedwards on bass and Emmett Elvin on keyboards. Taking the complicated prog rock of King Crimson and the like and melding it to the powerhouse improvisational spirit of the Mahavishnu Orchestra leads to tracks like the opener, “The Pilman Radiant,” which ebbs and flows over the course of twenty six minutes of complex musicianship while "Tremors of the Future" adds aspects of the Sun Ra Arkestra to the mix, creating a moody and unusual soundscape.The cross between improvised and composed sections of the music seems one of the major strengths of the band and keeps the music flowing in a manner that is highly detailed. The band seems to revel in this in-between space, creating challenging music that doesn't allow itself to be easily categorized. History Of The Visitation -

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