The same Blues coherence

May 3, 2020

its formation in Ordizia (Basque Country) in 2010, numerous concerts, first
album release “Gu Geu” (“Ourselves”) in 2016 and its participation at
Hondarribia and Tolosa Blues festivals, StarBlues has been emerging as a whole
reference of Blues sung in Basque in recent years, due to the of Jon Barreros´  compositions 
(voice and guitar) who, after several line-up changes , faces this
second work joined by Mikel Atxega
on bass, as a substitute for Urko Ruiz de Apodaka Yon Labayen on piano and hammond, Fermín Etxeberria on drums, as well as  Fredi
‘s usual collaboration, throughout the recording and mixing at the
Pottoko studios in Beasain.

Hitz Gatibuak” (Captive Words) has the
same coherence as its predecessor, the imprint of a band´s own entity and the
added value of maturity and the advantage that the experience acquired in these
years confers. As a result of an intense composition work of, the record
travels along the path of the twelve bars with a strong Rock influence, without
losing the required perspective right from the beginning in “Intro” with clear Funk signs until reaching fields closer
to Jazz / Blues in “Hitz
Gatibuak” the self-title song, 
making evident Guipuzcoans clear fusion 
purpose with other related music proving their ability to adapt to the
most orthodox Swing in “Zerua Ukituz” and return to Jazz in “Kolore
Galduak” just to travel back in  shuffle code, with a undeniable Barreros
Texan flavor guitar and a remarkable Yon Labayen work on hammond organ in
“Killer Hammond”. The orthodoxy of a middle time in minors along with the
melody proposed by Barreros himself results in “Nortzuk dira” to introduce us
to the urban shuffle halfway between Spanish and English “Nothing but Blues”.
The Groove played by Mikel Atxega on bass, Fermín Etxeberria on drums along
with Yon Labayen´s hammond organ with Jimmy Smith clear reminiscences
revitalize the Soul / Funk in
“Otsoarekin solasean”. “Zure jabe” means the obligatory dose of
boogie while Jon’s guitar gives way to the only song sung in English, again
with Funk dyes “A little big day” to end with halftime flavored Jazz / Rock and certain Latin taste
“Izpi beltz batek”.

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