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Valet Parking: Park your senses with Sociedad Acustica's jazz service. (CD Player).

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Critics who believe that there is no such a thing as Mexican jazz claim that everything here sounds like mediocre copies of American styles. Close to 90% of the time, that assertion is right. Discovering original Mexican jazz implies a bit of searching. But it is worth it to find the few jewels that do exist.

A good example is the collective project Sociedad Acustica de Capital Variable. This workshop-type gathering of artists has just produced an icon of a new generation of experimental jazz. It is just as original if, not more so than its predecessor project La Banda Elastica from the 1980s and 1990s. Their originality comes from the use of sound sources other than musical instruments and an irreverent approach to the creation process.

The eclectic group has just released "Valet Parking' an ambitious 60-minute tour through brilliant brass, sharp percussion and virtuoso double bass and keyboard.

Brass master Marcos Miranda heads up the group, which has been together since 1994. In this collective work, Miranda coordinates a notable execution of soprano sax in the longest piece "Ra-NurAllah" and an impressive leading clarinet in "Raymundo"--probably the album's best piece--in which the sharp combination of whistles and brass brings unexpected harmony to what at first appears to be complete cacophony.

Huitzilin Sanchez shines on the keyboards in perfect tune with Miranda's brass, Miguel Cabuto's double bass and PedroApodaca's drums in the almost schizophrenic "Recapitulacion"--another glorious peak.

Toys (as in what children play with) provide a most unconventional sound source in the piece "Luviano."

Even though there is some filler material, which you might want to call bonus tracks, they do nothing to diminish the album's diversity.

Another track, "Basura Involutiva" sounds like the Jazz version of Nortec, the electronic music sound big along the Mexico-U.S. border, but its title makes you wonder whether this very experimental piece is a tribute to the new sound or a pejorative allusion to it.

Although the group is far from a consolidated project, this album shows that there is an array of talent in the works and a promising horizon for scarce, yet existent, Mexican jazz.
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Author:R., Jose Fernandez
Publication:Business Mexico
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1MEX
Date:Nov 1, 2001
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