Born: April 8, 1973 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Razl is the pseudonym of guitar player and composer Raúl Huelves (Madrid, 1973). His initial stages in the guitar world were at the beginning of the 90’, as part of local bands that mostly focused on rock and progressive rock. The band Tatto Tucum, which he co-founded, creates some interest within several independent discographic labels at the time.
After a few years, Razl gets in contact with the Jazz-Funk scene, being part of some bands like Guateque All Stars. With them, he participated in a few recordings, like their last album Technicolor, and multiple live concerts, not only with the band but also with many artists within the hip hop arena, like Frank T or the Danny Panullo Dancethatre dance company....
WALTER KOLOSKY (music journalist, author of Follow your heart-John McLaughlin song by song) ---- Razl is a spanish fusionista with keen chops and an equally keen sense of groove. He still executes quick licks with the requisite clarity and precision when appropriate, but his attack and dynamics are atypically nuanced, and the ability to sound notes simultaneously lends a keyboard-like feel to much of his rhythm work. He also opts for relatively clean solo tones on most of the tunes, which further distinguishes him from the fusion pack.
This is the sort of “fusion” record that you can play at parties or while driving down the coast without it ever becoming overbearing. Great grooves, upbeat melodies, and tasteful solos�everything a smooth jazz album should be, without the smooth jazz!
BARRY CLEVELAND (Guitar Player magazine) --- This is Fusion with a capital F, proving that there's no shame in revisiting the past when the results are this good.
MARK SALESKI (www.jazz.com)
Rotonova (Martian Sheep Records, 2008)
Tracks: Glow Pig; Guachi Cola; Fellow Pillow; Jungle Karma; Grungly; Groovin´ants; Rotonova; Snail Underground; Sugus Nectar; Glow Sheep.
Personnel: Razl: guitar; Pepe Acebal: drums; Bryan Beller: bass; Damian Erskine: bass; Charlie Dennard: Keyboards; Lorenzo Matellán: Keyboards; Moisés Sánchez: Keyboards; Mike Keneally: guitar; Dean Brown: guitar; Zeta: Dj; Hugo Astudillo: sax.
Microscopic (Martian Sheep Records, 2011)
Tracks: Moustache; The bearded woman meets Fedor the giant; Centipede; Galactic Alignment; Prog Pug; The amazing story of Al the aardvark; Zombie Brew; I´m not me; Locksmith St.
Personnel: Razl: guitar; Pepe Acebal: drums; Bryan Beller: bass; Will Bernard: guitar; Rubén Salvador: trumpet.
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