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This band was rooted in 1997 when the brothers Gomez, Miguel and Armando met 'Gori' (Jose Antonio Mazo Cabeza) in a park in the Andalusian capital Seville. As a tribute to the late Jesús De La Rosa from Spanish progrock legend TRIANA they started as a TRIANA cover band. Under the name RAICES (Spanish for 'roots') the group played in different venues in Seville and they recorded a first demo in the "Sound Farm" studios (Seville) in 2000. RAICES recorded three songs from Triana ("En El Lago", "Tu Frialdad" and "Luminosa Manana") along with two other own compositions entitled "Debo Culpar" and "Por Ti". Then RIACES started to tour and shared the bill with known Andalusian Rock bands like ALAMEDA and MEDINA AZAHARA. During one of their live performances they met Javier Garcia Pelayo, brother of a known Andalucian rock producer Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo who invited them to participate in a tribute record to Jesús de la Rosa (edited by Fonomusic), playing by the first time under the name of ZAGUÁN. After this, Javier Garcia Pelayo became their manager and Gonzalo Garcia Pelayo their producer, recording their first official record in 2002, three years later followed by their successor entitled "Testigo Del Tiempo".
The music from Zaguan is a captivating and dynamic blend of different styles but obviously rooted in the Andalusian Rock tradition.

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This new Spanish band plays a very tasteful and moving progressive blend of several styles and flamenco with obvious hints from Spanish progrock legend Triana.

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 Zaguan by ZAGUAN album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.00 | 3 ratings

Zaguan Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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3 stars From the lands of Andalusian Rock and the city of Sevilla hails this group, originally named Raices and started as a tribute band to Triana's singer Jesús de la Rosa.Raices became an instant fashion around clubs and festivals in their homecity, performing songs of Triana, before recording their first demo ''Dos hermanas'' in 2000.The same year they were invited to participate on Fonomusik's Triana tribute album ''Tu frialdad: Homenaje a Jesús de la Rosa'' and for the first time the name Zaguan appears in the market.In 2002 with the line-up of Alfonso Vidal de Torres on bass, Rafael Carrique and Jose Antonio Mazo on guitars, Miguel Angel Gomez on keyboards/vocals and Armando Gomez on drums they release their self-titled debut album.

It is quite easy to think what to expect from a band with so much love for the music of TRIANA, the only question is whether the music is up to the standards the pioneers of Andalusian Rock set back in mid-70's.The answer is definitely yes, although the group seems at moments like ripping off the ideas of their ancestors, but the pieces on ''Zaguan'' are full of Spanish passion and pure emotions, played under the influence of Andalusian music.Flamenco-styled gypsy guitars meet electric textures and vintage keyboard tunes to come up with solid, sensitive and interesting tracks.The atmosphere is rather laid-back with nice Spanish vocals, good organ themes and constantly changing guitar lines.Sometimes the electric textures are more pronounced and the tracks have often a slight Jazz/Fusion taste akin to GUADALQUIVIR.However the majority of this release recalls the deep and atmospheric approach of TRIANA minus their light symphonic touches.The vocal lines are great, so are some beautiful Latin melodies contained, while half about of the tracks do have some nice instrumental variety with alternating moves on keyboards and guitars.

One of the few contemporary groups that are able to ressurect TRIANA's unique style through original compositions.Emotional, sensitive and imaginative Andalusian Rock, executed with 100% focus on the Andalusian music roots.Recommended, despite the obvious lack of personality.

 Testigo Del Tiempo by ZAGUAN album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.00 | 1 ratings

Testigo Del Tiempo
Zaguan Prog Folk

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars

One of the trademarks of the Spanish progressive rock is its originality: in the past from bands like Ibio, Carmen, Atila, Itoiz and the flamenco inspired Prog Andaluz bands like Triana, Cai, Mezquita and Azahar and in the present from bands like Bijou, Unoma, Kotobel and Senogul. Zaguan is another interesting Spanish band, they are rooted in 1997 and started as a Triana cover band. If you listen to the vocals this is not a surprise, incredible how similar the singer sounds to the late Jesus De La Rosa who tragically died in a car accident in 1983.

If I compare Zaguan their own compositions to early Triana (first four albums when they delivered genuine Prog Andaluz), I analyse that Zaguan sound less symphonic (short compositions and a small range of keyboards) and more folky because of the more omnipresent flamenco guitar. The 11 songs on this CD are a very melodic and tasteful progressive blend of rock, folk and symphonic featuring strong and expressive vocals (but not that typical wailing of the flamenco singers), some fiery and howling electric guitar, fluent Hammond organ solos and lots of exciting flamenco guitar runs. If you like Prog Andaluz, especially early Triana their captivating and compelling sound, Zaguan is worth to check out, WHAT A MOVING EXPERIENCE!

My rating: 3,5 stars.

Thanks to erik neuteboom for the artist addition.

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