Andalusian rock band Alameda was born in Seville. The group fused flamenco and progressive rock, featuring two keyboardists, the Marinelli brothers.
The lineup included Rafael Marinelli on keyboards, Manuel Marinelli on keyboards, Manuel Rosa on bass, José (Pepe) Roca on guitar and vocals, and Luis Moreno on percussion.
Alameda released 4 albums during its first phase: Alameda (1979), Misterioso manantial (1980), Aire cálido de abril (1981), and Noche andaluza (1983). The group disbanded after Noche andaluza and re-formed in 1992 for a concert that took place during the World Expo 92 in Sevilla. Three albums were released in the 1990s: “Dunas” (1994), “Ilusiones” (1995) and the two-CD live set Concierto – 20 Aniversario (1999).
Original founders Pepe Roca and Rafael Marinelli kept the band alive, supported by session musicians and released “Calle arriba” in 2008.
The seeds of Guadalquivir emerged from the idea of Seville guitarists Andrés Olaegui and Luis Cobo “Manglis.” The two musicians coincided while serving together in the Spanish military as conscripts in Cerro Muriano (Córdoba). While at basic camp in Cerro Muriano, they listened to Miles Davis, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and other cutting edge jazz fusion acts. In their spare time they started to exchange their ideas, experimenting with American blues and emergent jazz-rock.
Later, the two friends were transferred to the 14th
Artillery Regiment based in Seville, assigned to the unit’s military band.
Although they had known each other previously, a sincere friendship was born
and since then the two musicians became inseparable friends. They came up with
the idea of forming a powerful jazz-rock band with Andalusian roots.
In Seville, Andres and Luis formed a band called Manantial together
with Willie and Tony de Trujillo, two American musicians who were great
instrumentalists, had a studio and very good gear. These brothers had parents from
Seville but were born and grew up in New York. Manantial also featured Puerto
Rican David Rodríguez.
Manantial performed only two concerts and the most significant
was a live performance on TVE’s show Popgrama, directed by Gonzalo García
Pelayo, who was reporting about the Seville music scene in 1974.
After completing their military service, Manglis and Andrés Olaegui decided to relocate to Madrid with Manantial to try their luck, and after a month without achieving the objectives set for the group, Willie and Tony returned to Seville, and Manglis and Olaegui, decided to stay in Madrid to keep trying.
At that time, they frequented the Balboa Jazz Club, where they met and became friends with three highly influential musicians: flamenco jazz saxophonist Jorge Pardo, singer and drummer Pedro Ruy-Blas and percussionist José Antonio Galicia, who played at the club every day, and delved into what was the world of jazz in the capital of Spain.
One night in January 1978, José Valera, who was the first
manager of the band Triana, talked to Luis Cobo “Manglis” at Club Raíces, in
Madrid, where Manglis was playing. José proposed that Luis set up a group to
participate in a festival with Andalusian rock bands that he was organizing
with Triana as headliner. It was the opportunity Manglis and Andres had been
waiting for. They created the
long-awaited dream band with original compositions. The two guitarists
recruited Pedro Ontiveros (sax and flute), Larry Martín (drums) and Jaime
“I had just returned from playing in Ibiza and recently arrived from Munich where I had been invited to collaborate with German group Embryo and that’s how Guadalquivir was born,” said Manglis. “A month later we debuted in this festival before 7,000 people and from there everything was as fast as gunpowder.”
In February 1978, after twenty days of marathon ten-hour rehearsals,
Guadalquivir debuted before 7,000 people at the Festival of Andalusian groups at
the Móstoles Sports Center near Madrid, along with Triana, Iman – Caifato
Independiente and Storm.
That same year, Spanish rock star Miguel Rios organized a large tour that was called La Noche Roja (The Red Night), with Triana as a headliner and featuring Guadalquivir as well. The concerts attracted over 100,000 concertgoers and featured a state of the art PA system and laser show.
Guadalquivir signed with EMI Records and released its self-titled debut album “Guadalquivir” in 1978. The color of the vinyl was green and became known by collectors as the green album. Guadalquivir became an essential act in Andalusian rock. They appeared at numerous festivals.
In 1980 the band recorded its second LP, “Camino del Concierto.” (EMI, 1980). After finishing the tour to promote the second album, in 1981, Manglis left the group due to disagreements with some members of the band, and embarked on a solo career. He founded the band Manglis with which he recorded two albums; while at the same time Triana recruited him as guitarist, in 1981.
Guadalquivir, released a third LP Después del Silencio (After the Silence) in 1983) on the Caskabel label. By then, two of the founders, Manglis and Pedro Ontiveros had left. After various concerts and a tour of Poland, the group disbanded in 1984.
Nearly thirty years after Guadalquivir was founded, Manglis reorganized
the band again with Andrés Olaegui and Pedro Ontiveros and reappeared at
various festivals and tributes to Andalusian rock during 2006-2008.
Drummer and vocalist Diego Fopiani, founder of trailblazing Andalusian progressive rock band Cai, died on April 4, 2019. He had been sick for the last few years and had stopped drumming although he still made music on the piano.
Cai was a groundbreaking progressive rock band that incorporated symphonic rock, jazz fusion and Andalusian flamenco elements. Cai released an acclaimed independent album, Mas allá de nuestras mentes diminutas in 1978.
Additional albums included Noche abierta, Canción de la primavera and a comeback reunion album titled Ocho metáforas de luz.
Cai was a progressive rock band from the Cadiz province of Spain. The groundbreaking group combined progressive rock, with jazz fusion and Flamenco.
The band’s first album, Más Allá De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas, was released in 1978. The line-up included Paco Delgado on guitar, Diego Fopiani on drums, percussion, lead vocals, José Vélez Gómez on bass, and Sebastian Domínguez ‘Chano’ on keyboards.
Epic Records Spain signed Cai and released its second album, Noche Abierta (1980). The musicians that participated in the album were the same as in Más Allá De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas, with the addition of another guitarist, José Fernández Mariscal.
By 1981, Andalusian rock was struggling to survive. Cai released a third album titled Canción De La Primavera (Epic, 1981) and later disbanded. Its young keyboardist, Chano Dominguez, went on to become the leading jazz pianist in Spain and is known for his outstanding fusions of Flamenco and jazz.
In 2009 a double CD set came out, titled Mucho Más Allá De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas. The album featured the reissue of the debut album Más Allá De Nuestras Mentes Diminutas plus 3 bonus tracks from 1981 and live performances from a 1979 concert at cortijo Los Rosales.
The band reunited in 2010. This time it was reduced to a trio featuring Diego Fopiani on drums, percussion and vocals, José Fernández Mariscal on guitars and bass, and new member Blas Lago on keyboards. They released an album titled Metáforas De Luz (2010).
Drummer Diego Fopiani died April 4, 2019.
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