The genre-bending nature of jazz in the 21st-century may present problems for music industry executives, but for the listening public the multi-cultural elements found in much of today’s improvised music brings forth sounds that are fresh and invigorating. The Mexican quartet Los Dorados seem to epitomize the exciting boundary stretching going on in modern jazz. On the self-produced Turbulencia, saxophonist Daniel Zlotnik, guitarist Demian Galvez, bassist Carlos Maldonado and drummer Rodrigo Barbosa draw from a diverse well of influence, ranging from straight-ahead jazz, driving rock and native Mexican music.
The disc’s eight original pieces are well conceived sound excursions with heavy improvising and thought out transitions connecting varying textural backdrops. The title track and "Cancion Muda" have a loose, twangy feel, reminiscent of guitar innovators Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot. Galvez brings a charged up rock guitar edge to the proceedings, especially on progressive rock anthems "Union Laguna" and "Pez Gordo." The latter features inventive solo excursions and unusual effects. A compositional highlight of the session is the highly eclectic "Ruta Dorada," a happy-go-lucky theme that quickly turns into an all out exploration of sound crunching.
Turbulencia is an exciting release, full of musical surprises and worthy of repeated listening. Los Dorados is a brave ensemble who takes chances and succeeds.