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TRABAJOS INUTILES (no label 0001) 
I have concentrated, in this site, on reviewing the progressive rock releases from
One geographical area I’ve not yet touched on is Central and South America and
One such band hails from
And what a curious band Fulano is: they offer a website http://grupofulano.cl/ which offers little information.
I found their album at a local (
Fulano is a sextet. The members are Arlette Jequier, who does the lead vocals and plays clarinet; Cristian Crisosto, who plays soprano, alto and baritone saxes, traverse flute and bass clarinet; Jaime Vasquez, who plays alto and tenor saxes and flutes; Jaime Vivanco, who plays piano and synthesizers; Joge Campos, who plays guitar and bass; and Paul Aliaga, who plays drums and percussion. Crisosto, Vasquez, Vivanco and Campos are all additionally credited as composers and Arlette can make her voice sound like another instrument, singing wordless vocal lines in unison with the saxes. She can also growl out animal sounds when necessary.
The music is superficially “fusion.” But that’s where it starts – not where it ends. There are allusions to both jazz and progressive rock here. Melodic lines alternate between a mellow extension of lounge-jazz and the sharp angularity of the avant garde (one track is “Dedicado a Frank Vincent Zappa”). The saxes (plus clarinet and flutes) sometimes create the sound of modern French wind music and other times the breathy tenor sax sounds like it was lifted straight from a Charles Mingus recording. When Arlette sings over a spare piano she reminds me of Dagmar singing with Henry Cow – but I like her voice better.
The longest piece runs only a bit over six minutes, the shortest slightly over one minute, and most of the nine tracks are in the four-minute range. These are separate and distinct musical works, covering a wide spectrum of emotions.
Although everything about this CD seems to indicate that it was self-released by the group, it comes with a 24-page booklet which is professionally designed and produced, presenting individual photos of the group members and the lyrics and credits for each piece. It’s a handsome job.
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