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Pulso By Marcelo Yakko

Pulso By Marcelo Yakko
Raul Amador

Pulso By Marcelo Yakko, a review by Raul Amador

Argentina, I’ve never been there but I hope to visit someday!

Nonetheless, I have some Argentine friends that have shared with me some of the unique gifts that come from their country. Yierba Mate (which I drink daily), Churrazcos, Chimichurri, Alforjas, and but of course…. The Tango. The Argentine Tango is both a dance and a musical genre. Illustrious names like Carlos Gardel, Mariano Mores, Osvaldo Pugilese, and Astor Piazola race to the front of my mind in an instant.

So, imagine how surprised I was when I received “Pulso” and listened to it in it’s entirety and guess what…? Not a Single Tango! Now, this is not a bad thing. This CD presents a departure from the traditional and gives us insight into what I believe is a contemporary Argentine music scene.

We are treated to a great variety of tunes and each one has it’s own special flare. The bass playing is solid and quite respectable. Marcelo demonstrates a mastery of both technique and feel. It doesn’t hurt that there is a guest appearance by his teacher Stu Hamm either.

I can tell that Marcelo had some fun with this CD, as there are added “Sound Bits” from TV shows or movies, a polka and even a few bars of the theme from Indiana Jones. I do get many CD’s from all around the world that embed these spoken “Bits”, many of which are in English. Although these “Bits’ are often entertaining, in this instance, I felt that Marcelo’s’ performance is eloquent enough that they aren’t necessary; I wonder if the intent is to create more of a “World” appeal.

Some of my favorite tracks include:
“Pulso” with its nice Funk groove.
“Multitecnica” displays some serious energy.
“Arpegius love” for a soothing waltz.
“Vampiro Argentino” with it’s edgy Vampire motif!

So, I enjoyed this CD from Marcelo Yakko with its upbeat feel and unexpected sample of the music scene in Argentina today.

Gracias Pibe!

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View Comments (9)


  1. Bibi

    October 4, 2012 at 11:58 am

    a passional work! exelent ! love “arpegius love”….10 points!


    October 5, 2012 at 5:26 am

    excelente disco; invitados de lujo; una muy buena version The Trooper disco altamente recomendado….

  3. Gonzalo

    September 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Excelent album !!! Creative jazz rock !!! All the atmospheres in an album. I very recommend it !!

  4. Marcelo Napolitano

    October 1, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Excelente musico y un disco muy logrado, tanto en ejecucion como en su produccion artistica. Recomendado para escuchar y disfrutar.

  5. Vinicius Pereira Cruz

    October 9, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Un excelente disco, quizas el mejor que escuché el año pasado. La produción, optimo trabajo. Gracias Marcelo por brindarnos con tu musica. Saludos desde Brasil

  6. nando bersanti

    October 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Marcelo Yakko is one of the best bassists of Argentina and his album Pulse is one more of the tremendous albums of his long career

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Raul Amador serves as the Executive Editor of Bass Musician Magazine and is the Co-founder of V.I.E., LLC, publisher of virtual magazines. This dentist-by-day, Raul picked up the bass several years ago after a long hiatus from music. Born in Boulder, CO, Raul began playing guitar at a young age. By the time he moved to Texas at the age of 10, he was ready for his first gig with a local, junior rock band. After their first performance (and reviews), it was decided that he would study classical guitar instead. In 1970, his father took a teaching position in Puerto Rico and Raul moved with his family to the Caribbean. It was here that he began playing the cuatro and guitar with the Tuna de Cayey, a traditional Spanish group that has been together since 1964. During his 9 years as a member, he recorded over 11 albums and toured all over Puerto Rico as well as New York and the Dominican Republic. Tuna de Cayey is still actively recording and touring. Today, Raul is jamming with local groups in Portland and Vancouver and is hitting the music scene as Executive Editor with Bass Musician Magazine. He thrives in being part of a world-class team set on developing a virtual environment for professionals working in the field as musicians, clinicians and bass industry support as well as inspiring players just getting started.

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