Versatile instrumentalist, quoted session musician and jazz musician to the core, the saxophonist IÑAKI ARAKISTAIN, in addition to sharing recordings and scenes with many of the most important musicians of the national jazz and commercial music, and even international, has managed to carve out a solid reputation in the Spanish jazz scenewith their personal musical projects always intoxicated of Grooves and Funkessence in addition to very recently fused Flamenco with these styles, enriching their new projects as well. A path that starts in 2008 with TIEMPOS DE BÚSQUEDA (New Mood Jazz), devout Declaration of jazz principles that mixes without complexes Hard Bop and Latin Jazz; continues in 2010 with PLAN B (Youkali Music) a work of overwhelming confirmation of Jazz Funk, Grooves and flavors from Brazil, and ends in 2014 with SAXUAL (Youkali Music), his third LP, recorded live, in one evening, to the old style. A new and exciting twist to the inexhaustible rhythmic impulse of Funk, with feet firmly in place at the original root and ear tuned to the sounds of the future. More beyond Acid Jazz and Downtempo and Jazz Fusion in different styles, in a territory in which very few musicians of our country faced with such self-confidence and authority.
ANOTHER ROAD Iñaki Arakistain opens us to a musical concept unprecedented until now in Spain made by a saxophonist, in which Groove music coexists, with influences from Brazilian music, Latin Funk, as well as recently merging Flamenco with those styles, thus enriching its new projects united by the common language of jazz. He has released his new album ANOTHER ROAD, his 4th studio ALBUM, made up of excellent musicians from the national and international scene, full of good “Groove Latin” that mixes exotic sounds with roots as deep as Flamenco, Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban folklore and music. African-American as the Funk. Elegantly constructed harmonies and new sounds that travel towards a new musical direction from the most disturbing heart of this experienced and experimental saxophonist.
Genre: Contemporary, Balad and Jazz music
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The album SAXUAL comprises six Arakistain originals and four instrumental covers. The journey begins with the dynamic Red Star and the in top form occurring main actor. The good flow is due to the great sax performance always ready to rise to peak exertion at the blink of an eye. The other musicians contribute to this through their perfect engagement. Iñaki approaches Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny”with a jazzy attitude and a great range of improvisation. Michael Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie grows seamlessly on the listener. Next from Michael’s repertoire is Rock With You. Amazing the flute intro and the sensitive sax interpretation which reveals a great respect for the melody. Certainly one of the best renditions of this popular song. Chemical offers an outstanding horn arrangement, which can concur with those of Tower of Power or East Bay Soul. Jewish Incognita gives room for contemporary jazz and live recording. Nocturnal Beings presents smooth transitions in a flowing shape blending elements of contemporary and smooth jazz to an irresistible sound design.
John Coltrane’s Countdown (Funky Version) is obviously a proof of integrity and completeness for jazz in its original art form with complex harmonic progression and substitute chords. After this challenge to the listener it comes finally in the wake of Latin Jazz with Black Samba. Thrilling rhythm and professional music at the highest level. Saxual is an album that you should listen to in one go. It grabs you and takes you until the last note.
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"ANOTHER ROAD" - VIDEOS
The Duke, Brazilian Jazz-Funk (Homenaje a George Duke) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51ndxoXEIaM
Barbarias de Toledo, Flamenco Jazz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqZ6wF9Gi5c
Falando de Mais, Brazilia Jazz-Funk - Groove atin Jaz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejUFfMgbGVE
Rufo, Afrocuban Soul-Jazz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GHpRvdV7Ow .
Tiempo Presente, Groove Jazz-Fun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptKFWh2hipE
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