Itziar — Itziar
(Elkar 9780501011101, 1978/2008, CD)
by Mike Ohman, Published 1995-07-01
Itziar is both a person and a band: singer Itziar Egileor and her backing group. Though the band made only one album, Itziar remain one of the best-known Basque folk-progressives. Part of the reason could be Egileor herself. She might be thought of as the Basque Linda Ronstadt. She does indeed have a similar voice, full of power and versatility, and possessing an incredible range. Her talent alone would be worth the price of admission. Luckily, she is ably backed by a superb cast of musicians, most notably Itoiz flute/sax player Joseba Erkiaga. The songs encompass Basque folk-rock, some light symphonics, pop and scat-sung jazz. A couple of tracks are duets with male vocalist/guitarist Alex Zabala. All are more than effective vehicles for Egileor's, and indeed the whole band's, considerable talent. A true gem of folk-progressive.
Related artist(s): Itziar Egileor
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