Friday, June 23, 2006

Fusioon - "Fusioon" [1972] @ 256 (Spanish Jazz Fusion)

This is a Spanish quartet from Barcelona featuring Manuel Camp (piano and keyboards), Jordi Camp (bass), Santi Arisa (drums) and Marti Brunet (electric guitars and synthesizers). In the first half of the Seventies Fusioon released three albums entitled "Fusioon I" (1972), "Fusioon II" (1974) and "Minorisa" (1975).

The first album "Fusioon" contains arrangements from ‘traditionals’. It sounds like a tasteful stew with classical, folk, jazz and symphonic elements. The songs have echoes from King Crimson (Fripperian guitar), Focus (flute) and Le Orme/Ekseption/ELP (Hammond organ) but the musical ideas are great and the musicians play strong with many surprising breaks and exciting solos and interplay. The highlight is “Danza del molinero” (Manual de Falla) with sparkling piano, a tight rhythm-section, an Andalusian sounding violin, fiery electric guitar and powerful Hammond waves, culminating in a grand finale.

This record is a mostly instrumental one (a few scatting one the opening track), but this does not hamper the enjoyment of the music: they have a fairly unique sound and the music has some very subtle Spanish overtones but not in the Flamenco realm. Their sound oscillates between Isotope, Wigwam (the Gustavson and Pohjola compositions), Focus or Finch, Sloche (or fellow Quebecois Maneige) and countrymen Iceberg. If the jazz colours are the main characteristics of the album, the classical influences peak here and there, most notably in Negra Sombra (Dark Black). All of the tracks are covers of traditional songs (6 of 8 tracks) all adapted/arranged by Manel Camp and the other two being penned by other writers. The odd flute, sax and clarinet (actually un-credited) but drummer Arisa is the one playing them (says D-E Asbjornsen) and bring touches of brilliance. The superb piano may even ring reminiscence of Chilean Los Jaivas in their more symphonic moments and with the organs, ELP comes to mind.

Certainly worth the investigation, especially if you enjoyed the better-known two later albums.

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Highly Recommended!

Keep Listening!!!!

Link in comments....

11 comments:

BlackwatchPlaid said...
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BlackwatchPlaid said...

Here is the upgraded 256 kbps link:

http://tinyurl.com/zlhfa

enjoy!!

Muse said...

This kinda of, in a small way, brings to mind Chick Corea and Return To Foerever.
Thanks & Cheers!

Pedro said...

Fantastic,amazing album!
Can you put in next days albums like Triana(spanish prog band),Gryphon,ZAO(French),Return to Forever!Trace-1st album with Pierre Van der linden!

Much tanks from portugal-Pedro Rocha from Braga city

Anonymous said...

thank you so for posting this album
ive been looking for a long time

Anonymous said...

Ezhevika Fields has the other two Fusioon, for those interested.
Great blog, my friend. One of the best if not "the" best.

Peace,
Ed

turgut II said...

http://www.multiupload.com/JIKYRBSNCZ

(320 kbps)

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the link is not available... I look for it and come back posting if I'm lucky.

Musiconaute

Anonymous said...

Really simple to do not disturb, it was sufficient to seek with Munju, the link works through the Casa de Roderick. He is also the other albums.
Good exploration!

Musiconaute

isabelbc said...

hi Musiconaute,
link works here http://mutant-sounds.blogspot.com.br/2007/03/fusioon-stlp1972spain.html :o)

Anonymous said...

Thank you Fairy Isabel,
you undoubtedly are the Master of the links! It was really a good thing for us all to refresh the disk. I hope that many people will be able to discover. I have also recovered two other albums but this is no longer such.
With my gratitude,

Musiconaute

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