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Omar Rodriguez [Import]

Omar RodriguezAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (December 5, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Willie Anderson
  • ASIN: B000C5E7MA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

The Mars Volta guitarist's second solo album. It was written & recorded with his fellow bandmembers in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in early June 2005. Most of the overdubs and mixing were done on the road in September 2005. Musically, it's everything and more that you'd expect from Rodriguez; very freaky a la Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew", funky, groovy, Interesting.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Treads Familiar Ground with a Difference April 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is not as much a divine revelation as others here might lead you to believe. It certainly has nothing on Omar's more challenging and diverse solo offering, _A Manual Dexterity_ (see my review on that). This album is fun, has some scintillating moments, and even unexpected turns (Omar playing sitar!), but it offers few advances on the tradition from which it arises: funky jazz fusion a la Miles.

The only things that differentiate Omar from his more advanced forebear, John McLaughlin, is that Omar is more concerned with Hispanic rhythms (which is great!) and that where McLaughlin offers exotic scales in strategic placement over exotic modes, taking the guitar to places it had never been before (hear him on the albums from Miles Davis's _Bitches Brew_ to around the time of _Jack Johnson_ and also on anything by Mahavishnu Orchestra), Omar runs out of scalar sophistication and instead resorts to formless dissonance and outright noise. Now, I am a big fan of formless dissonance and outright noise (I am the biggest fan of Stockhausen that I have ever known), but on these Latin fusion jams, these strategies turn into a distraction after the fifth time or so Omar resorts to them after some particularly refreshing guitar workouts.

What I am trying to say is this: This album is a decent jam session. It is far short of the voice of God, though. The musicianship, outside of what I have spoken of in regards to Omar's leads, is all in all decent. Another highlight is Adrian Terraza's horn contributions. I hope he continues to be highlighted more in Mars Volta. The rest of the musicianship I can take or leave. Omar's brother is a competent drummer, but only that.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars madness and madness January 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is another great solo effort by Omar, and a must have for any die hard fans. Atonal guitar freakouts abound next to some very nice jazz florishes. The addition of the saxophone and sitar add something that was missing from A Manual Dexterity (not to take away anything from that album). The sound is more lush and accomplished, but at the same time still very experimental sounding. Omars solo efforts are a terrific companion to the Volta albums, but are also works of great skill and creativity on their own. Can't wait for Manual Dexterity Vol. 2.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Omar is God February 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
After receiving my copy in the mail, I could'nt wait to pop it in the cd player. Needless to say I was'nt dissapointed, it was everything I expected & more. It's a beautiful thing when a band like the Mars Volta comes along & just changes the landscape of music, I have'nt been this excited about a band since Radiohead came out with Bends & O.K.Computer. & Omar, although not the most technical guitar player on the planet, he is in my mind the most interesting. As I sit & listen to him I always wonder what he's going to do next, & to me that's what keeps me wanting more. The album itself is very much Bitches Brew like, it's very unpredictable music wise. & Omar's playing reminds me of Santana on crack. The album reminds me of Caravanserai by Santana, & The Inner Mounting Flame by The Mahavishnu Orchestra
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what you should expect January 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Omar prooves how experimental he really is in his 2nd solo album. Awesome freaky guitar effects and scales that don't quite make sense are used with passion. If you don't feel comfortable with music very far beyond the sphere of "pop" this is not for you. Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page fans who want to hear unconventional experimentation must give this a listen. But beware; listening to this should take up your whole attention. It is definately not background music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and Mind Pleasing.... February 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album.. takes you through a series of moods.This album features a dual between the guitar player, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Adrian The sax/flute player ... Beautiful psychedelic jazz composition. if your a fan of good music you won't be dissapointed
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