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This classical/jazz/rock instrumental fusion is very much an acquired taste.

Kotebel is a symphonic progressive group hailing from Madrid, Spain. The band has recently released its sixth album, which is an instrumental consisting of classical, jazz and rock elements. The main body of work is the concerto itself which comprises four movements (adagio, lento, vivo and allegro) which provide a variety of pace and feel to the overall piece. The concerto is nearly forty three minutes long and the quality of musicianship is unquestionable and sealed by the fact that it is recorded live. All movements start in a very classical way with a build-up of tension from the piano or keyboard and then all of sudden a guitar or organ appears with a very modern jazz or at times rock improvisation.

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The remainder of the album consists of four shorter tracks (this being relative of course as they are each over four minutes long). According to the briefing pack I was sent, these are concept pieces regarding the flight of the Hippogriff. Doing extensive research (via Wikipedia), the Hippogriff has the head of an eagle, wings covered with feathers and the body of a horse; for a set of tracks without words this clearly is a real demand on the imagination! A bonus track entitled ┬┤The Infant┬┤ has nice piano elements interspersed by a remarkably frenetic sax solo from guest musician, Fran Mangas.

This classical/jazz/rock instrumental fusion is very much an acquired taste but this offering with its lavish packaging including a DVD of the making of the concerto should be tempting to some.

Rob McKenzie

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