Cabezas De Cera - Cabezas De Cera - 2000
introCabezas de Cera is a trio formed by Ramsés Luna (clarinet, saxes and flute), Mauricio Sotelo (stick, bass and guitars) and Francisco Sotelo (percussion).
Mexico saw the arrival of a new wave of progressive rock bands in the last decade, enlarging its musical scene and consolidating the style in the country. It is actually amazing to see that the forerunners of this new Mexican generation, Kromlech, Códice and Cabezas de Cera, have all shown great debut albums and every band in a different style.
The fact is that, even before recording their first CD, they were already known and respected in Mexico Citys progressive rock scene thanks to their high musical skills in concert, which means, that their album had to equal or surpass the quality of the band live. Moreover, the brass-strings-percussion formula is something unusual for their country that makes them completely different to the rest of the Mexican progressive rock bands.
The 9 pieces included on this CD are based on many musical styles: classic rock, symphonic rock, jazz-fusion, Mexican folklore, experimental music, etc. There is always a constant musical communication between the three musicians, and it can even be confirmed with the opening track, "Veintiuno", that shows a harmonized guitar sharing the lead with the wind instruments and the bass while creating at the same time a melodic way that leads to "Gocxila". This is a terrific piece that includes Crimsonian guitars, lively sax that slightly remind of Malherbes lines and a touch of 20th Century orchestral music (Stravinsky) before closing with a free saxophone part. There is also a touch of Mexican music and delicacy with the symphonic flutes of "Encantador de Serpientes" and its folk-rock influence. A very special guest is Nazcas Jorge Gaitán and his Jean-Luc Ponty-like violin on "Un Pueblo Escondido", one of the most beautiful pieces on this album. "Caravana" is another magnificent piece that includes an experimental section, with Germán Bringas (a free-jazz sax player) sharing the lead with Ramsés saxes and flute. There is also an impressive rhythmic effort on "Pretexto a un Texto Fragmentado", a track that is based on percussion and Frippian guitar lines. The percussion also lead "Gitana" along with the saxes, creating a jazzy-underground atmosphere that prepares the way for "Frontera"and a symphonic jazz ambiance and calm. It is actually with the closing track, "Al Aire", that there is a small point: the inclusion of a voice from a radio DJ that conducts his program is not the best complement to the sax melodies and acoustic guitars.
There is one amusing point with this album: the CD is presented on a carton package emulating a product box that also includes, apart from the CD itself, a puzzle with the bands logo. This is actually quite original.