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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Of The Musical

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Bassist Joan Torres's journey as a musician led him to many interesting places. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he gravitated towards bass at an early age and attended several Berklee College of Music programs as a high school student. It was through one of these that Torres met world-renowned bassist Oscar Stagnaro, whom he counts among one of his earliest mentors.It was during his formative years that Torres made connections with the musicians that he continues to ...

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Joan Torres's All Is Fused: The Beginning

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Joan Torres's All Is Fused lives up to its name, delivering music that's a melting pot of styles and sonic strains. Torres--a Dominican Republic-born, Puerto Rico-based bassist with a fondness for modern jazz, rock, fusion, and Latin strains--pens electric and occasionally episodic narratives that burn, bemuse, and burrow their way into the mind. The Beginning is something of a misnomer, as it's actually the second album from this outfit: Before (Self Produced, 2012) came before it, introducing ...

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Joan Torres's All Is Fused: Before

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Bassist Joan Torres calls his group All Is Fused. Before, the band's début recording, features electric bass, electric guitar and (mostly) electric keyboards. Is this a fusion album?Yes and no. Torres knows his fusion history, and appropriates from it with a sure touch. On “Doorway," the group channels the light samba sound of pianist Chick Corea's Return to Forever (ECM, 1972). On “Another World" and “The Chase," in contrast, they draw upon the rapid-fire guitar lines (here, doubled ...