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  • J.P. Balcazar J.P. Balcazar
  • Marco Mezquida Marco Mezquida
  • Carlos Falanga Carlos Falanga
  • Pintxo Villar Pintxo Villar

Juan Pablo Balcazar

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Personnel:
Juan Pablo Balcazar (b), Marco Mezquida (p), Carlos Falanga (d), Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar (ts)

Reference: FSNT-463

Bar code: 8427328424639

Tracklisting:

01. Arenera [Trio] 7:09
02. Radar [Trio] 7:00
03. Acurruca [Trio] 6:40
04. Silencio 9:19
05. Acurruca [Quartet] 5:49
06. Radar [Quartet] 6:04
07. Arenera [Quartet] 8:05

All songs composed & arranged by Juan Pablo Balcazar


Personnel:

Juan Pablo Balcazar (bass), Marco Mezquida (piano), and Carlos Falanga (drums). Guest: Miguel 'Pintxo' Villar (tenor sax on #5,6 & 7).

Recorded by Jesús Rovira at Casamurada Studios, on August 8, 2013

Mixed by Toni Paris & Juan Pablo Balcazar at Studios 44.1, on February 7, 2014

Mastering engineer: Toni Paris

Artwork: Pep Llechà
Illistration: Rosa Satoca


Produced by J.P. Balcazar

Executive producer: Jordi Pujol


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Review:

"Gimmicky, right? Cute lower-case device for Juan Pablo, backwards lettering on cover art, palindromic structure? Actually, no. This is Balcazar's fifth CD for FSNT, if one includes two excellent discs on which he and Pintxo went out as Ballcock and The Heckler. Jordi Pujol has a gift for finding great bassist-led groups and this is one of his genuine coups, an irresistibly swinging modern jazz record where all but the central theme enjoy two distinct outings, one with trio and one with quartet.

There's evidence of Balcazar's astonishing sound on double bass right from the beginning. His sound is cavernous, ripe and grand, as if he's playing cable-thick strings over an outsize woody cavity. Mezouda has a punchy, solid touch, while Falanga, relieved of lower-end duties, plays bright, musical figures, somewhat in the Joey Baron style. The quartet reprise of Acurruca is dazzling and suddenly makes sense of the set's mirror structure. Fine as these themes are first time round, they're taken to a new level when Pintxo's reedy, warmly penetrating voice comes in. I just played this back-to-back with the earlier stuff: Viaje-Voyage, Invocation and the Ballcock/Heckler things. He keeps on growing."

-Brian Morton (Jazz Journal, April 2015)
http://www.jazzjournal.co.uk

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$11.68  (tax incl.)

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