Sanata y Clarificación Vol. I & II
2009 release. Vampisoul reissues two LPs from 1972 and 1974 from Argentine guitarist, composer and arranger Rodolfo Alchourrón. The result is a jazz-tinted sound which incorporates elements of rock, soul, lounge, film soundtracks and even tango. Alchourrón holds a special place in Argentine music, both for his intense production as well as for his ability to set up bridges between different musical genres. In the jazz scene he played with musicians as renowned as Leandro "Gato" Barbieri and Enrique "Mono" Villegas. In the tango arena, he collaborated with Eduardo Rovira, Astor Piazzolla and Rodolfo Mederos. In rock, he's well known for his orchestral arrangements for Almendra, Miguel Abuelo and Litto Nebia. Since the '60s, Alchourrón founded and directed a great diversity of groups: from trios up to a big band of 16 players. It is in this context where we can frame his experiences with the Sanata y Clarificación project, dating from the period between 1970 and 1974. The band, made up of top-level musicians, proposed a musical interchange between jazz and rock which was rather unusual in the framework of the music produced in Argentina at that time. The first volume of Sanata y Clarificación, released in 1972 on the independent label Promúsica, incorporates great space for instrumental improvisation while influenced by Italian soundtracks from that period. The second volume, released in 1974, continues the first volume's propulsive, intensifying arrangements, strong melodic lines and instrumental solos, touching upon not only to jazz and rock, but also waltz and tango. The instability of the local context and the difficulties to promote a project which lacked a commercial orientation provoked the break-up of the band that same year. The difficulties in promoting a project which lacked commercial potential resulted in the band's break-up that same year, making this CD a welcome reissue of truly inspired musical activity.