The musicianship on this album is fantastic and if you are into jazz you should flip your gourd over this release. Actually some of this sounds like stuff I heard when my dad played his 78rpm vinyl from the 40's. There is a bit too much jazz and not nearly enough rock for me. Well, that's just me, you may love this if you are seriously into jazz/fusion.
One of the best fusion albums of the 70s.
Definitely influenced by RTF and Mahavishnu, but still a sound of their
own. Both keyboardist Josep Mas and guitarist Max Sunyer are virtuoso
talents, able to command attention with their solos, like those
aforementioned bands. I love the retro sound of Mas keyboards, but
Sunyers tone is screechy, and even the remasters have not helped him.
It's about the songs though. A Sevilla and Ball de les Fulles are
incredible. A cut above the rest of a very consistent record.
For 1977 this is a pretty impressive fusion
album. I'm actually pretty surprised how much more cohesive this effort
feels, not just compared to Icerberg's previous album, but for the
entire spectrum of fusion artists of that period in history. While R.T.F
was producing poor albums like "Musicmagic", Iceberg actually
summarized the strongest moments of the mid-seventies fusion scene with
this enthusiastic album here. A focused effort of latin influenced
jazz-fusion where guitar & keyboards are having duels in the frames
of skilled composition spiced up by dynamic rhythms. Mysterious and
mellow textures changing roles without getting too pompous nor frantic. I
really like this one.
After their surprising two first records,
released in an unknown field to Spanish fans and musicians as jazz-rock
fusion, Iceberg returns with an even better record: Sentiments. The base
of their music is similar to Coses Nostres: a little jazz, a little
rock and a little symphonic, but this time compositions are much better
and focused. Still songs are instrumental and quite long, but this time
the band manages to compose more solid music, able to keep your
attention through the tracks.
It is a pity that -at least in the
CD- one of the electric guitar tracks is faulty, becoming too noisy in a
couple of songs. I have no idea if this happened in the original LP or
this happened in the digital remastering only.
Other than that,
there are three or four excellent tracks, but A Sevilla is a symphonic
rock monument that Transatlantic would have been glad to sign 25 years
Madrid would be again the city to receive
the talents of the remaining Iceberg quartet, as the group moved on to a
third work.Angel Riba, who had cut any instrumental ties with the band,
still served them as a manager and was propably the one who arranged
the visit of the group at the Sonoland Studios.The album was titled
''Sentiments'' and was released in 1977 on CFE.
Iceberg would now
present their sharpest and most dense album so far, still containing
the occasional Latin Fusion echoes, but performed in a frenetic and
convincing way.More mature than on ''Coses nostres'', their smoky
performances remind me of Italians ARTI E MESTIERI, the tracks are
fast-paced with impossible-to-follow interactions and breaks into
dramatic solos and bombastic parts.They never forget to throw in the
appropriate laid-back, Latin-spiced melodies, more apparent during the
guitar solos, and the album keeps the listener stuck on his headphones
until the very end.Now, there is something called ''composition'' in
music and, yes, they did it pretty well in that section too, even if the
album is dominated by the solos and interplays.And that's because every
note here seems to be appearing in the proper place, the executions are
maybe too excessive, technically superficient and fairly virtuosic, but
the mass of breaks leads to more down-to-earth passages with
atmospheric and melodic injections.Fantastic guitar work by Sune and
Josep Mas had eventually become one of the notable figures of Spanish
Fusion with his electrified keyboard playing.And a special mention to
Jordi Colomer, who's drumming is coming out of a seminar, flawless,
solid and very technical.
Very nice Spanish Fusion.Rich in
interplays, melodies and atmospheres, containing lovely Latin tunes and
some amazing solos.Strongly recommended.
1. Sentiments (1:50)
2. Andalusia, Andalusia (5:37)
3. A Sevilla (5:13)
4. Ball De Les Fulles (5:30)
5. Magic (6:23)
6. Joguines (3:00)
7. Alegries Del Mediterrani (9:17)
Total Time: 35:50
Line-up / Musicians
- Jordi Colomer / drums, percussion
- Josep "Kitflus" Mas / acoustic & electric pianos, synthesizers
- Primitivo Sancho / bass
- Joaquim Max Suñe / acoustic & electric guitars