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Guillermo Klein: Domador de Huellas - Music of "Cuchi" Leguizamon

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Guillermo Klein's third album for Sunnyside Records is also one of his most beguiling—and, very possibly, one of the most memorable tribute albums of the year. Domador de Huellas, literally "the tamer of the footprints," has a deeply significant meaning. The "footprints" in question are a visceral element of a history that is close to disappearing. In this instance, the footprint is also one that Gustavo "Cuchi" Leguizamon left on the proverbial sands of Argentinean time in his incarnation of one of that country's leading composers of folk songs. In fact it is a credible assumption to suggest that Cuchi Leguizamon's music defined one of the most pivotal periods in Argentina's progress, from feudal-to-democratic-totalitarian-to democrat periods, one that left a mark on the city and the pampas.

Leguizamon's record of that history left behind in the proverbial footprint beckoned Klein for several years until he could no longer resist it. In choosing to re-imagine the music Gustavo "Cuchi" Leguizamon, Klein also chose to inhabit that footprint, but here on this album, that of the elder musician dissolves and melts into Klein's remarkably creative one. Leguizamon's music, for instance, contained such high emotion that the songs' suggested narratives had the consummate power of operatic arias. In Klein's hands—and with his astute manipulation—they become emotional bombs, as in "La Pomeña," that is rendered with devastating swagger and chilling mesmerism by the modern diva, Liliana Herraro.

Gustavo "Cuchi" Leguizamon was known for constantly pushing the melody and harmonic boundaries of formal music. His "zambas" and "tangos" posited the dusty, but rhythmic swagger of the pampas. "Zamba Para la Viuda," "Zamba de Lozano" and "Zamba del Carnaval" are possessed with the kind of shuffle that makes them living breathing pantomimes that come alive as the characters and their emotions devour the inner mind. Songs such as "Carnavalito del Duende" swell with the dark magic that arises from deep within the soul and over power the senses.

There is much more of Klein in these works than he would be happy to let on. Klein appears to have gone into a trance, letting the songs speak to him at an elemental, tabula rasa. For it is more than the songs of Leguizamon that have come to life here. There are characters, some of whom only became real after being sung with elemental sadness or hearty historicity. And this is where Klein scores perfect, hitting where no one else seems to have done in a resurrection project of this kind. Not only are there his own elastic pieces in homage to Leguizamon—"Domador De Huellas," to be precise—but there is his uncanny sense of getting to the tonal center of Leguizamon's palette of sound. This is the hypnotic element of the music that strikes at the heart. Then there is that molten heat from Klein's backtracking footsteps, as he plants them deep in the groove of Gustavo "Cuchi" Leguizamon's own figurative footprints.

Track Listing: Domador de Huellas; Zamba Para La Vuida; Chacarera del Zorro; Coplas de Regreso; La Pomeña; Zamba de Lozano; De Solo Estar; Me Voy Quedando; Cartas de Amor que se Queman; Maturana; Seranata del 900; Carnavalito del Duende; Zamba del Carnaval; La Mulánima.

Personnel: Liliana Herraro: vocals (5, 11); Carme Canela: vocals (9); Ben Monder: guitar (9); Román Giudice: vocals and percussion (14); Richard Nant: trumpet and percussion; Juan Cruz de Urquiza: trumpet; Gustavo Musso: tenor saxophone; Martín Pantyrer: clarinet and bass clarinet; Esteban Sehinkman: Rhodes; Mat&#as Mèndez: electric bass; Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla: drums; Guillermo Klein: vocals and piano.

Title: Domador de Huellas - Music of "Cuchi" Leguizamon | Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records

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