The Spanish Progressive Rock Encyclopedia

The opinions and feelings are from a number of afficionados to this genre, so the descriptions and opinions contained in the entries do not necessarely match mine. Any correction or addendum is welcome. Send them to me via e-mail to inesta[sorry]dlsi.ua.es and the entry will be updated. Thanks for your collaboration!

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 Guadalquivir 

 From:

    Sevilla  

 Musicians: (original line-up and changes between parenthesis)


Luis Cobo "manglis" (guitar), Pedro Ontiveros (sax and flute), Larry Martin (drums), Andrés Olaegui (guitar) y Jaime Casado (bass) + Javier Mora (keyboards)


 Discography:



Guadalquivir
(1978)


Camino del Concierto
(1980)


Después del Silencio
(1983)

Singles:

Baila Gitana / El Manglis
(1978)

Ostalinda / El Vuelo de una Lágrima
(1980)

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They had the same technical virtuosity and a good jazzy sensibility of Iceberg, but with the flamenco spirit. They must be in any good discography of andalusian rock. They were the acompanning band of the spanish rocker Miguel Rios. (J.J.Iglesias, Revista Atropos).


Guadalquivir were another band formed during Spain's peak year of 1978. Guadalquiver's self-titled debut approaches music similar to that of bands like Iceberg in that it combines fusion styles (for example Return to Forever) and adds indigenous Spanish themes. The final concoction is excellent and everyone should taste the flavor of Spain like this. A definite must listen! Note for LP collectors: The original LP was pressed on green vinyl!

Their second, "Camino del Concierto·, is a development on the debut though with an obvious attempt to be more accepted by a wider audience. The music is more playful and breezy and quite a bit less edgy. A couple of highlights are the flute work and one track that reminds me somewhat of Rush's 'La Villa Strangiato'. (Tom Hayes, as reviewed in Gnosis)


Solid fusion, a bit on the slick side sometimes, but well done. Just like the Spanish fusion band Iman, Guadalquivir sound somewhat restrained and too much in control at times. (Sjef Oellers, as reviewed in Gnosis)


Slightly new ageish prog-jazz all instrumental band. The album is dedicated to the memory of Hesus de la Rosa (Triana's keyboardist and leader). Nice, but not up to par with the great groups from Spain. Juan Joy .


They gave an interesting andalusian accent to the emerging catalan jazz-rock. They were founded to be openers for Triana, although they had an intense own life. In the second record outstanding musicians collaborated, like Tito Duarte, Josep Kitflus (de Iceberg), Pedro Ruy Blas or Manolo Soler. In their third record Manglis and Pedro Ontiveros were out, with two keyboardists and the saxes of Jorge Pardo instead. Also Pedro Ruy Blas was colaborating. (José M. Iñesta)


Interview with Luis Cobo "Manglis" (in spanish)


Review of the record "Como Niños" de Andrés Olaegui. (in spanish)


Review of the record "Guadalquivir"

Review of the record "Camino del Concierto" (in spanish)


In addition to their official discography a compilation of their recordings for EMI was released in 1998.


Andrés Olaegui's official web site