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SOLO Album Volumen Dos

April 2020

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.


"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.

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