Versatile instrumentalist, quoted session musician and jazz musician to the core, the saxophonist IÑAKI ARAKISTAIN, in addition to sharing recordings and scenes with many of the most important musicians of the national jazz and commercial music, and even international, has managed to carve out a solid reputation in the Spanish jazz scene with their personal musical projects always intoxicated of Grooves and Funk essence in addition to very recently fused Flamenco with these styles, enriching their new projects as well. A path that starts in 2008 with TIEMPOS DE BÚSQUEDA (New Mood Jazz), devout Declaration of jazz principles that mixes without complexes Hard Bop and Latin Jazz; continues in 2010 with PLAN B (Youkali Music) a work of overwhelming confirmation of Jazz Funk, Grooves and flavors from Brazil, and ends in 2014 with SAXUAL (Youkali Music), his third LP, recorded live, in one evening, to the old style. A new and exciting twist to the inexhaustible rhythmic impulse of Funk, with feet firmly in place at the original root and ear tuned to the sounds of the future. More beyond Acid Jazz and Downtempo and Jazz Fusion in different styles, in a territory in which very few musicians of our country faced with such self-confidence and authority.

SMOOTH JAZZ MAGAZINE – Sue Parker, LA – California, USA.

The album SAXUAL comprises six Arakistain originals and four instrumental covers. The journey begins with the dynamic Red Star and the in top form occurring main actor. The good flow is due to the great sax performance always ready to rise to peak exertion at the blink of an eye. The other musicians contribute to this through their perfect engagement. Iñaki approaches Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” with a jazzy attitude and a great range of improvisation. Michael Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie grows seamlessly on the listener. Next from Michael’s repertoire is Rock With You. Amazing the flute intro and the sensitive sax interpretation which reveals a great respect for the melody. Certainly one of the best renditions of this popular song. Chemical offers an outstanding horn arrangement, which can concur with those of Tower of Power or East Bay Soul. Jewish Incognita gives room for contemporary jazz and live recording. Nocturnal Beings presents smooth transitions in a flowing shape blending elements of contemporary and smooth jazz to an irresistible sound design.
John Coltrane’s Countdown (Funky Version) is obviously a proof of integrity and completeness for jazz in its original art form with complex harmonic progression and substitute chords. After this challenge to the listener it comes finally in the wake of Latin Jazz with Black Samba. Thrilling rhythm and professional music at the highest level. Saxual is an album that you should listen to in one go. It grabs you and takes you until the last note.

@Hans-Bernd Hülsmann – http://www.smooth-jazz.de/

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