Diego Barber/Hugo Cipres: 411 (2013)
The music is the brainchild of classical guitarist Diego Barberwho hails from the Canary Islands, and now lives in New York Cityand electronic music composer Hugo Cipres, who is home-based in Lanzorate, Spain. A stew of Barber's guitars blended with Cipres' desktop backdrops and Seamus Blake's saxophone and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), backed by a deep groove bass and Ari Hoenig's very modernistic, rock rhythm drumming suggest a neon lit future world, one with a soundtrack soaked in trumpeter Miles Davis' On the Corner (Columbia Records, 1972) hipness, James Brown's bands late 1960s, early 70s, slashing guitar dance grooves and, perhaps, the Beatlesduring the group's experimental, and too-brief, "Strawberry Fields Forever"/"I Am the Walrus" interlude.
"Turn It On" has the sound of a florescent light bulb going bad in very rhythmic fashion, andlike the rest of the setfeatures noises made by unidentifiable sources (who's doing what?), with a tight Seamus Blake sax solo slipped in. It's a sound that conjures images of strobe lights illuminating dance floors packed with bodies clad in metallic colors, topped with high-spiked hair, the women coiffed and made-up with a precise android perfection.
Multiple listens reveal multiple layerings. This 411 is quite the unusual and compelling experience.
Track Listing: Timanfaya; all in; Poncho; Walk!; New York Citric; turn it on; east side story.
Personnel: Diego Barber: electric and classical guitars, bass; Hugo Cipres: desktop; Seamus Blake: saxophone, EWI; Johannes Weidenmueller: bass; Ari Hoenig: drums.
Record Label: Origin Records