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Whoever wants to listen, just listen

Jul 28, 2020

"Solo Album volume II" is a musical chapter written by an inscrutable mind in constant search. A work full of virtuosity that does not run away from risk at any time to dismantle and rebuild its own influences giving new meaning to what it was. Chema Saiz is a unique guitarist, a creator who invents in each composition a language that vibrates for anyone who approaches with courage, without prejudices or labels, whoever wants to feel, just feel.


There are Jazz artists whose creativity is devoted to the permanent search for themselves. An inner journey that must imply a high dose of risk, deconstruct to build and give life to what it was not before. The sublime does not necessarily have to be liked by the general public or perhaps it does, maybe it only responds to the designs of an unfathomable mind that creates its own language that vibrates for anyone who approaches with courage, devoid of prejudices,  no incorrect notes or unnecessary tensions, whoever wants to listen,  just listen.


For the guitarist and composer Chema Saiz the journey began at an early age, training in classical music and Spanish popular music, entering his teenage years in Jazz by Sean Levitt, John Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzy or Dave Liebman among others. Higher degree in classical guitar, he has combined his pedagogical activity over the years in Jazz schools as well as teaching numerous seminars and master classes throughout the world. With a more than prolific career as a composer, he has six albums published under his authorship in addition of being co-author of the work "Agua con gusto" with Uruguayan writer and musician Leo Maslíah. Restless guitarist and in constant search, he has collaborated with countless artists and projects throughout the years touring the main Jazz and guitar festivals in numerous countries.


Recorded halfway between Camaleon Music Studios in Madrid by Omar Carrascosa and Santa Rosa Surround Studios in Alcalá de Henares by Santi Fernández who mixed and mastered it. We would have to go back to 1999 with his "Solo Album" release to find a precedent to this "Solo album volume 2" and rediscover the restless and eclectic artist, hard to classify, even uncomfortable for orthodoxy. A creator who does not adhere to any conventionalism, who does not deny his influences from the beginning, with    the great Thelonious Monk´s “Trinkle Tinkle” recreation, inventing colors and musical geometries meant to be discovered by the listener “Not so Long ”and“ Marketin ”both signed by Saiz just to redo the risky exercise of recreating Monk´s “ Crepuscule With Nellie ”. Chema Saiz writes in dissonances “Waltz in Dm”, proposes new background and forms to the traditional song “Estaba la pastora” giving the standard “I'm Confessin 'That I Love You” a new content even being one of his most Orthodox interpretations. "Introspection" relives Monk´s great spirit due to Saiz's non-transferable invoice, while Ellington’s “The Mooche” along with "Stardust" take us back to the most primitive Jazz. Eclecticism becomes evident on "Chotis nº 6" with Saiz´s signature and "Pictures at an Exhibition" from the great Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky to end up with “Lament" from American trombonist J.J. Johnson.