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Gintonic — 3
((Not on label) , 2019, DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-11-08

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Gintonic is a Basque band that plays a mixture of progressive and jazz-influenced rock, with elements of classical music. The band members (Aurkene Núñez - keyboards and vocals; Mario Clavell Larrinaga - flute and EWI; Óscar Andollo - drums; and Marcelo Hormaechea - bass) are also music teachers. The eleven tracks are mostly instrumentals with the occassional vocal in Spanish or Basque. The music is safe Middle of the Road (MOR) rock that is pleasant to listen to, but nothing really exciting happens here. I had expectations for the opening track with the edgy title “Highway from Hell.” It starts out promising with martial drumming, but it then becomes a pleasant song based on piano and flute. and about two minutes from the end there is a curious musical snippet from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The next four tracks are more MOR jazzy bits. It is not until track six “Tocatta 8.11” that the music turns progressive and becomes interesting. Over the next several tracks there are some comparisons to Jethro Tull because of the flute. The album closes with another jazzy bit sung in Spanish “Ustedes y Nosotros.” Cannot really recommend this album, it is too uneven and MOR for my tastes.


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