Austrian by way of Venezuela, Alfredo Garcianavas appears intent on learning every style of music.
Garcianavas is more than at home on fusion pieces like “Piazzo Tango” and “Pektopakt.” Growing up in Venezuela, the obvious influence of Latin music shows on “El Diablo Suelto,” which has a waltz feel juxtaposed with intense shredding. He also delves into instrumental rock on “Alf Layla Wa Layla,” tipping his the cap to Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson.
Speaking of rock, behold the metal-esque, anthemic “I Don’t May Then,” (sic). There’s also proof that country has entered his radar screen on “Count Tree” and “Taqui Taqui,” both of which provide huge amounts of chicken pickin’ and wonderful chromatic licks.
When he pulls out the nylon-stringed acoustic, Garcianavas’ music takes on a beautiful jazz feel. Cuts like “San Basilio,” with its gorgeous changes and nice soloing.
Garcianavas has an obvious hunger for playing, and for learning. And it all comes out on this record.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Nov. ’09 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.