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Guillermo Klein: Los Guachos V

Read "Los Guachos V" reviewed by Budd Kopman

If a creator has a vision, being persistent in working to bring it to life is a requirement. This is true in life, for visions big and small, and not just for artists. Pianist, composer and band leader Guillermo Klein most definitely fits that bill. His group, Los Guachos (literally, The Bastards) has been in existence for around twenty years. Beginning in 1990 in Boston at the Berklee College of Music, where he met some of the musicians, ...

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Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos: Carrera

Read "Carrera" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

In his first recording since the magnificent arrangements of music of by Cuchi Leguizamon, Domador de Huellas (Sunnyside 2010), pianist Guillermo Klein has reassembled his main musical vehicle, Los Guachos, for Carrera. Here, Klein once again shows why he is such a master of manipulating the voices of the instruments he uses, bringing out subtle variations in tone and color. Moreover, like his mentor, Gil Evans, he is able to nominate the voices he wishes to use to express his ...

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

Read "Domador de Huellas - Music of "Cuchi" Leguizamon" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

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 ...

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Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos: Filtros

Read "Filtros" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Jazz may not be a sport but Guillermo Klein's Los Guachos CD, Filtros, proves the winning power of teamwork. Offering sometimes-complex musical ideas in a thoroughly accessible and entertaining way, the Argentinean-born Klein stands out as a bandleader, composer and pianist. But this unassuming master, who cut his teeth in the mid '90s at Smalls with an earlier version of Los Guachos, gives his collaborators ample room to infuse his always inventive and somewhat Latin-accented originals with verve and precision.

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Guillermo Klein: Muse and Roots

Read "Guillermo Klein: Muse and Roots" reviewed by Eric Benson

Argentine pianist, composer, and bandleader Guillermo Klein is a musician for the global age. He grew up in Buenos Aires, studied in Boston, made his name in New York, returned home for two years, and then relocated to Barcelona. His wife is American; his children are Spanish. His most famous band, Los Guachos, has an international cast that has included the likes of Miguel Zenon, Chris Cheek, Bill McHenry, Luciana Souza, and Jeff Ballard, and features an adventurous genre-defying sound. ...

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Guillermo Klein / Los Guachos: Filtros

Read "Filtros" reviewed by John Kelman

When an artist states his CD is, "...the best group effort ever achieved by Guachos," there's the temptation to toss the comment aside as mere hyperbole designed to generate some hype over a new release. But pianist/vocalist Guillermo Klein isn't exaggerating when he speaks of Filtros, his first Los Guachos studio album since III (Sunnyside, 2002). When it comes to composition and orchestration, Filtros makes it abundantly clear that Klein is every bit as significant as the more highly visible ...

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Guillermo Klein: Una Nave

Read "Una Nave" reviewed by John Kelman

Some albums are simply a collection of discrete songs; others are broader works where the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. With Una Nave, Argentinean pianist Guillermo Klein has created a boldly sweeping album that transcends its individual components. While these sixteen pieces can be assessed in terms of stylistic roots, specific performances, and compositional élan, these considerations are really secondary to the greater impact they have when experienced as a 66-minute whole.

Klein, a mainstay ...

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Guillermo Klein: Una Nave

Read "Una Nave" reviewed by Paul Olson

Composer/bandleader Guillermo Klein left New York City in 2000 to return to his native Argentina (he has since relocated to Barcelona), but his seven years in Gotham undoubtedly made an influence--on his fellow musicians, anyway. His large ensemble groups Guillermo Klein Big Band and Los Guachos were criminally under-recorded considering his remarkable musical talent.Maybe that will change with the release of Una Nave, which was recorded in 2002 in Buenos Aires with a core septet of Argentinean players ...


Summertime Magic

Statik Link captures the sound of Soul and Jazz that was popular in the 1970s with a modern twist. The trumpet, saxophones, and drums were recorded with vintage microphones for a tone like no other.

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