9 Songs, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes


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Al album full or Afro rhythms and super soloists


Alevacolariea Dimensiona

Produced by Fernando Gelbard
Recorded at Music Hall Studios, Buenos Aires, December 1974 by Jorge Da Silva. Multimedia Music, Hollywood, February 2010, Septiember 2013 by Mark Vincent. Osvaldo Fattorusso, Montevideo, February 2013. Conrado Paulino, Sao Paulo Brasil, August 2015.
Mixing : Jorge Da Silva, Fernando Gelbard (Buenos Aires)
Mixing and Mastering: Mark Vincent and Fernando Gelbard , Multi Media Music, Hollywood (2015)
Cover photo: Sebatian Miquel
Art Direction and cover design: Maria Puga Lareo

Musicians (collective) Fernando Gelbard (Fender Rhodes piano, electronic bass, sythnesiser, scat ). Ruben Rada (percussion and vocalese), Chino Rossi (percussion), Douglas Alonso (percussion), Osvaldo Fattoruso’s drums (percussion), Chivo Borraro (tenor sax), Carl Saunders (trumpet), Conrado Paulino (guitar)

In August 1974 Buenos Aires was full of music. It was still enjoying a "Belle Epoque" in which the city was a nest of interesting people. I was among other things, a busy musician. A local record label, Discos Redondel, offered me to finance and release an album. I would decide the entire production. The album was recorded and released as vinyl, "Didi" and has circulated ever since. One of the tunes was completely different to all my previous music. "Alevacolariea" and was an inspiration created at the studio. We were set up for 8 tracks, a luxury in these days. I had been experimenting with recordings in layers, starting with one or two instruments and then adding others. I thought of a melodic line. I had with me some of the best: Chivo Borraro on tenor sax, Ruben Rada and Chino Rossi also in percussion. I started with a bass line with the Fender Rhodes together with Rada in "Quinto" (An Afro-Uruguayan drum) and Chino Rossi in Brazilian cuica. I got the basic rhythm base. No click track was used and no sampling either, it wasn't invented yet! . Then I recorded the Fender Rhodes chords and solo, together with Rada and Chino Rossi in other drums and percussion accessories. Finally, I recorded Rada's voice with my melody and his Afro word "Alevacolariea" and Chivo Borraro's solo. The whole album was released on December 14 1974. It sold well and had good airplay. In 1976 I left Argentina for the USA and forgot about the album. In the 90's the song Alevacolariea took a life of its own. It was pirated, sampled, and distributed illegally in the new miraculous dimension: the Internet. I always thought that perhaps piracy was a form of flattery since marauders only take good music, not necessarily from my taste's point of view, but good for the majority. I licensed the entire album three times in different years. In December 2009 a read a mysterious message in YouTube. Someone wanted Alevacolariea badly. I wrote back and found that Karine B. has been looking for this tune for years. Although the tune was all over the place, this lady somehow hasn't found it. I sent her a complimentary mp3. This encounter with a fan, inspired me to develop Alevacolariea...I kept producing new versions adding soloists of the caliber of Carl Saunders, Conrado Paulino and percussion by Osvaldo Fattorusso and Douglas Alonso and finally released it as an album “Alevacolariea Dimensions” I hope you like it!
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