14 August 2006


What an album-stone killer all the way !Just re-issued by Kindred Spirits this one's a 100% proof deep mix of fusion,spiritual-modal jazz and latin from 1976 and lost in Argentina ever since.Tough as they come -here's some reviews of this essential work from Carlos Franzetti.Highly recommended.

It may be too early for best-of-the-year nominations, but the Prime Element 's Alborada album, the debut release in the Kindered Spirit label's promising new Free Spirit series, is a definite front-runner. Recorded by Argentinian composer/conductor Carlos Franzetti soon after arriving in New York in 1974 - years before he became known for scoring films like the Mambo Kings, Beat Street and Misunderstood, and collaborating with symphony orchestras from Buffalo to Buenos Aires - Alborada is a heady string-enhanced spin on spiritual jazz with magnificent modal moves and hot Latin grooves featuring the flutastic Mauricio Smith and conga king Ray Mantilla . It's like the best Strata East session you've never heard.

Kindred Spirits launch their new imprint, Free Spirits Series, in fine style with this much sought after rarity. ‘Alborada’ was originally released on Trova Records in 1976 by The Prime Element, a band formed by Argentinian musician / composer / arranger, Carlos Franzetti shortly after his move from Buenos Aires to New York. It fuses spiritual and modal jazz with soul and a heavy dose of Latin, to take us on a truly satisfying musical journey, with delights such as ‘Southamelodic’, ‘In The Dawn Of Time’, ‘The Prime Element’ and ‘Lola’. One not to be missed!

An early gem from keyboardist Carlos Franzetti -- a mid 70s session done with a really ambitious sound, and easily one of Franzetti's most righteous recordings ever! At the time of the set, Carlos was fresh on the New York scene from years in his native Argentina -- but he's working here with a host of American players to craft a record of boundless soul and imagination -- in a style that mixes free solo work on keyboards and saxes with added strings on many tracks, and a few choice vocals that really expand the set. There's a sound here that almost reminds us of the mix of modes used by another Argentinian, Gato Barbieri, in some of his best work of the period -- but Franzetti's approach is much more in a spiritual soul jazz mode than Gato's, yet it shares a similar optimism and ability to freely combine styles. Players on the session include Omar Clay on drums, Marvin Blackman on soprano and tenor sax, Kenny Rogers on flute, and Ray Mantilla on congas -- and voices are by Mel Dancy and Gayle Dixon Clay.

BTW This is a vinyl rip-yes,bust the bank and bought a new Sony Audio Burner.


Davis Mavis said...

Hi. What model of burner did you go for? I am thinking of buying one myself. BTW keep up the good work!

bacoso said...

davis-bought a sony rcd-w100 from richer sounds for £170(with a bit of haggling).Its very simple to use compared to the philips i had before and as i use it primarily for vinyl very easy to insert track indents.Not too sure yet about the burn quality (it has super bit mapping) havent ripped enough stuff yet to get a proper feel for it but so far so good -time will tell .Playback for cds is great as well.

martin said...

Bacoso, qué buen disco! y de un compatriota. Gracias, che.

thesuperimposers said...

bascoso - bloody virgos

lo-fi said...

This album is really exciting. Long live your new burner :-) Happy ripping!!!