Sep 19 2016
The Anonimus Big Band doesn’t hold back at all, displaying an eager willingness to toss around the weight of its 17-member outfit’s huge sound. So, it’s a nice surprise to hear just how tuneful Mar Rojo reveals itself to be. The melody of “Snake” unfurls lightly and is carried away on the shoulders of thick harmonies. Melodically, “Labyrinth” has a light step and even the punctuated solos keep in mind the agile footwork established by the band’s combined introduction. And title-track “Mar Rojo” is the kind of song to get lost in, following the trail of melodic expressions, one to the other, until where the song began and where it’ll eventually end are lost concerns.
There’s plenty of modern technique inlaid throughout these compositions, but it’s nothing that would drive the old-school fans away. Special notice can be paid to the three-part “Random Suite,” which strongly echoes big band jazz of a bygone era. But even when the music does begin sounding more present tense, like on the cheerfully dancing “In Between,” the spirit of big band jazz of the past is beating just as strongly as its present day counterpart.
Just a real enjoyable recording.
Your album personnel: Jorge Fleitas, Guillermo Santilli, Matías Bahillo, Nahuel Viola (trumpets), Pablo Fortuna, Nicolas Porley, Claudio Scolamiero, Gonzalo Rodriguez, Marcelo Andrada (saxophones), Martín Laurino, Milton Rodriguez, Damian Chavarría, Rocio Elizalde (trombones), Marcelo Bragagnolo (piano), Matias Suarez (guitar), Hernán Cassibba (bass) and Carlos Derisio (drums).
The album is Self-Produced.
Listen to more of the album at the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Jazz from the Buenos Aires, Argentina scene.