Jaime Rosas: Keyboards
Rodrigo Godoy: Bass, Guitars*, Vocals
Javier Sepulveda: Guitars
Alex von Chrismar: Drums
Music and Lyrics by Jaime Rosas,
except "La Hermandad del Fin del Mundo",
music by Jaime Rosas and Rodrigo Godoy.
* Rodrigo Godoy: Guitars in “Un Volcan en las Nubes”,
“La Hermandad del Fin del Mundo”, “Imprudencia” and
“El Mito del Eterno Retorno” Final solo.
Drums recorded at Tarkus studios, December 2004.
Engineer: Jeronimo Labrada
Assistant: Rocio Bravo
Keyboards recorded at Opus 125 studios,
January – February 2005 by Jaime Rosas
Bass, Guitars and Vocals recorded at Sonica
studios, February – March 2005 by Rodrigo Godoy
Mixed by Rodrigo Godoy at Sonica studios, April 2005.
Masterization by Rodrigo Mardones
at The NeoSonic Experience, May 2005
CD art and design: Andrés Oreña
Photography: Gloria Godoy
Produced by Rodrigo Godoy
Released in June, 2005 through Mylodon Records
Distributed by Mylodon Records / Musea Records
Creciendo is an album that, as opposite to Extremos, was composed and recorded in a normal period of time, perhaps 5 months. We combined composition, recording and mixing in an iterative and very creative process. Plus we all had a good time. Javier Sepulveda joined the band so now we are Jaime Rosas Cuarteto, or JRC for short. Creciendo starts with Invocacion, a piece that was originally the first part of "El Mito del Eterno Retorno", because it has a lot of themes that are developed further on; we decided to put it in the beginning of the CD in order to have an intro that could unify and give a sense of integrity to the rest of the work. Creciendo is the song that gives the name to the CD and has a simple message: Don't forget those ancestral generations who gave us their knowledge and light. What define us is our total time: our past, present and future, but only looking to the the past we can learn with more certainty. Un Volcan en las Nubes is an instrumental piece for organ and electric guitar, I composed it in front of the majesty of Villarrica volcano in southern Chile, with all its base covered with clouds. Now, rock n’ roll with Gravedad, which is something like a developed "Brief Rock Piece": keyboards, drums and guitar solos, changing metrics, different atmospheres and a lot of rock 'n' roll. La Hermandad del Fin del Mundo was originally composed for the DVD "Untamed Patagonia", this version is less incidental and more direct. Rodrigo Godoy plays all guitars, sings and takes control of half of the composition. This track is the necessary rest between all the noise of the CD. Imprudencia is instrumental minimalistic rock, a few elements squeezed to the highest point. The main theme is a variation of the "mathematical clap" a Scout's game, that is repeated like 78 times in three different variations. Now is time for El Mito del Eterno Retorno, the Progressive track of the CD, as you can imagine, by far, the most difficult to compose, perform and mix (that's why we spend 5 months doing this record!!!). Finally, Ocaso, peace and relief at the end of the journey.
I recorded most of the keyboards and composed "Un Volcan en las Nubes" in front of the Villarrica Volcano.
One word "Fantastic!". This must be one of the best records any progressive music fan should own. There are times throughout the CD that you feel like listening Wakeman and others where Emerson appears. There are some hard songs like "Gravedad", "Creciendo", and others where mellow beautiful music flows from these four guys. All the instruments are played brilliantly. The music is complex, with permanent rhythm changes and surprises the listener continuously. All the arrangements are precise and beautiful. This is a must have and if you don't know these guys, please do. You won't regret it. Just the amazing epic "El Mito" 18 minutes long!!! pays the CD and will force you to come back to it again and again. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SYMPHONIC PROG FAN. A MASTERPIECE!!
On their third CD this band has turned from a trio into a quartet, guitar player Javier Sepulveda has joined Jaime Rosas group. Their latest entitled “Creciendo” is a step forward because the compositions sound more mature than the other two preceding albums. This band has so much to offer!
1. Invocacion (3:54): This tracks delivers a bombastic atmosphere with lush and varied keyboards, metal guitar runs and an electric guitar/synthesizer duel, very spectacular. The climate changes to bombastic progmetal, very dynamic and exciting with great work on the keyboards and guitar.
2. Creciendo (3:51): This track is in the vein of the first one featuring exciting progmetal with strong guitar – and keyboard play.
3. Un Volcan En Las Nubes (3:56): Spectacular and bombastic with classical sounding keyboards and Ritchie Blackmore inspired electric guitar runs that blend classic and rock in a fascinating way !
4. Gravedad (7:46): This is sensational and alternating progmetal featuring splendid interplay, lots of strong breaks and shifting moods, a sensitive electric guitar solo and an exciting duel between the guitar and synthesizer.
5. La Hermandad Del Fin Del Mundo (8:57): First classical piano, then a blend of acoustic rhythm-guitar, Spanish vocals and piano, followed by a wonderful acoustic guitar solo. Then beautiful Rick Wakeman-inspired acoustic piano work, supported by acoustic rhythm-guitar. The final part contains a fine acoustic guitar solo.
6. Imprudencia (2:37): This short piece is in the vein of Japanese progrock band GERARD featuring propulsive drums and bombastic work on the organ and synthesizers.
7. El Mito Del Eterno Retorno (18:12): Here is the ‘magnum’ opus from the Jamie Rosas Cuarteto! Their sound often evokes early GERARD, I love that bombastic symphonic sound! I’m not very delighted about the average vocals but the instrumental parts are great with lots of interesting changing climates, breaks on strong soli on keyboards and guitar. A great and exciting composition that alternates between symphonic rock and metal.
8. Ocaso (2:32): A mellow piece with beautiful classical piano.
Erik Neuteboom - Prog Archives
Jaime Rosas is a Chilean composer, keyboard player and psychologist. Consisting of former members of the Chilean prog band ENTRANCE, the JAIME ROSAS TRIO is a keyboard power trio a la ELP, Wakeman or the final UK lineup, though their bassist does play some guitar. "Extremos" (2004) is their 2nd CD, a mostly-instrumental affair. It mixes predominantly fast, high-energy, technically-adept classical rock workouts with a few breathers centered around classical piano. The material is well-composed and not just flash and bombast.
With "Creciendo" (2005), they’ve added a guitarist (Javier Sepulveda) to become a quartet (And Then There Were Four?). This album is again heavily instrumental, with quality vocals both wordless and in Spanish. Much of the instrumental material is in a high-energy, fast and demonstrative symphonic prog style, leaving no doubt that JRC can play. The electric guitar gives this material a harder edge. But this is balanced by more sensitive tracks employing vocals and acoustic guitar. Rosas’ keyboards are still the highlight, often very classically influenced. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
This band must be one of the best Symphonic prog performers nowadays. These are four extremely talented musicians that took the best lessons from classic bands, like YES, ELP, among others adding a lot of other genres like folk, metal basically. This is a great addition to any progressive music collection.
Robert W. Brown - Prog Archives