Viejas Raices – De Las Colonias Del Río De La Plata


Altercat Records – ALT013, 0048753258675

LP con libreto, Alemania 2021


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A1 O’Placar 6:19
A2 Para Nosotros Solamente 3:46
A3 Balewada 4:06
A4 Los Berugos Wor 4:55
B1 La Hora De La Sed Maldita 4:12
B2 El Viaje De Dumpty 5:09
B3 Eterna Presencia 4:36
B4 Mira Tú 4:54

The trio that recorded this album, consisting of López Ruiz joined by his life-long friend drummer Pocho Lapouble and gifted Chilean pianist Matías Pizarro, created a thrilling blend of jazz and Uruguayan candombe, surrounded by an undeniable cinematic feel spurred by López Ruiz’s long experience in the soundtrack field. When read as one element, the cleverly chosen combination of group name and album title (in English: ‘Old Roots of the Colonies of the River Plate’) readily hints at the kind of sounds the listener will be challenged with when diving into this LP.

Recorded in 1976 in the wake of the “Proceso de Reorganización Nacional”, the bloodiest period of dictatorship in Argentina, the album was initially frowned upon by critics and public alike, both still firmly rooted in jazz traditionalism and obviously not ready for the new ideas that musicians like López Ruiz were experimenting with. Despite being a commercial flop upon its release, the album has been enjoying a growing reputation over the last two decades, acclaimed by jazz enthusiasts who value it from a different historical perspective and embrace its experimentation during this revolutionary period of change.

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