Recorded in Barcelona last year, Heckler City is a mesmerizing release that holds your attention from the first track to conclusion with its musical approach. Through ten tracks, Juan Pablo Balcazar offers an eclectic vision of his compositions.
"Tristeza-Sadness," "Yo No Sé Por Qué La Vida Es Así Si Tu Naciste Para Ser Feliz" and "Heckler City" are beautifully captivating with Miguel Villar's "sounds" saxophone. Guitarist Alejandro Mingot sets the mood softly, backed by bassist Juan Pablo Balcazar expressing melancholic voices.
"It’s the Same" criminally grooves with excellent exchanges between Miguel Villar and the cymbals of Hasier Oleaga. Juan Pablo Balcazar sets up this CD with a nice ensemble of compositions and his ability to hold a group together in which he not only reveals his talents as a composer and bassist, but also as a leader.
Balcazar achieves to shine all over these tracks. The music blends sounds from pop rock, new-bop and free jazz, even if some choruses from time to time remind us of a kind of smooth jazz. The contribution of Miguel Villar’s saxophone in this Balcazar release is marvelous.
Heckler City combines talent, originality and confidence, without a doubt carrying the test of purely spontaneous improvisation. The music of this release is accessible with tons of energy and expressive Latin jazz melancholic sounds.