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Sol'Jibe

Marinero

(Burnside; US: 14 Mar 2006; UK: 14 Mar 2006)

Do not write these guys off just because they are a world music jam-band from Las Vegas; they are actually really good, quite ambitious, and very strongly supported in many Western cities. Tim Snyder’s vocals and wailing violin are pretty impressive, but the real focus of the group is Milton Merlos’ flamenco-styled guitar; these two high school friends know how to interact without stepping all over each other. Some tracks here sound like jazz—“Free Fallin’”, featuring a great fusion sax solo from Jonathan Phillips—and others verge into stranger territory, like the almost 10-minute closer “Spanish Punk”, which fuses free jazz, Gaelic music, and good rock-feel drums from Cody Remaklus. Recommended to non-snobs everywhere.

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