quinta-feira, 14 de setembro de 2017
HADDAD - Crossover Prog & Blues Rock • Brazil
Haddad biography (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=142)
HADDAD is truly a family affair. Already a seasoned sax player with jazz and 40s/50s big bands, 83-year old Zezito Haddad joined with his two sons in the mid 80's, namely guitarist Leandro and keyboardist/vocalist Gustavo. The 'boys' then recruited a bass player, a drummer and another guitarist to form this Brazilian band that has churned out six albums since 1993. Partly vocal/instrumental, their music is very melodic, 70's style, full of lush instrumental passages in the vein of CAMEL. Their material is not complex, the band emphasizing melodious compositional contents over thematic intricacies or technical prowess.
Their self-titled debut album is rather poppish but the prog quality improves with every successive release, culminating with the excellent "Blue Notes" and "Ars Vita Longa Brevis". Lyrical guitars, sophisticated melodies, lively rhythms and lush keyboards are their main features. Add to this some wonderful sax, SANTANA-like melodic guitar lines and a discreet, elegant Latin melancholy overall and you get music full of freshness and positive vibrations.
Likely to please fans of CAMEL, SAGRADO, SOLIS, QUATERNA REQUIEM and TEMPUS FUGIT.
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