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Marcelo Yakko Group, Loop Life

Marcelo Yakko Group, Loop Life

Marcelo Yakko Group, Loop Life

It has been a few years since I reviewed a CD by Marcello Yakko (See Pulso) and was, excited to hear what he had in store for us with the Marcelo Yakko Group’s latest CD titled “Loop Life”.

One of the most significant characteristics of Pulso was the fact that it was a representation of a more contemporary Argentinian Music scene versus the more traditional Tangos. “Loop Life” follows “Pulso’s” suit with a nice variety of styles influenced by Jazz, Fusion, Progressive Metal and contemporary Argentine musical manifestations, with a bit of the traditional rhythms mixed in here and there. All of the tracks are Marcelo’s original compositions.

Another similarity is that there is an evident happiness in Marcelo’s music. You can feel the joy that he is sharing and the sheer fun that he had bringing his creative ideas to life.

Marcelo has recruited the support of excellent musicians to complete the picture that surrounds the solid bass scaffolding that he provides. There are some tracks where Marcelo played other instruments (Sometime all of them) as well as the bass. There is a wide variety of sounds and instruments that enhance the musical concepts that are set before us. Needless to say, the bass work is solid and displays the wide range of Marcelo’s  talent.

I was fortunate to find a video menu of samples of all the tracks with the contributing musicians:


Lets have a closer look at a few of my favorite tracks.

“Un dia en Buenos Aires” (A day In Buenos Aires) brings the hectic bustle of a large city to life. Rapid tempo bass and wailing guitars with background sirens produce a sheer feeling of agitation and excitement. This tune could be a soundtrack that could apply to any of the large cities of the world, but this one is inspired by Buenos Aires in particular. I was thrilled to find this video that adds some classic images to the music. Traffic jams, fires, protests, angry people, and newscasts are so familiar to me and are a universal reality of our times.

“Circulo de Vida” (Circle of life or loop life) is a tune that is depicted by the cover art of the CD. There is the image of a child, a man (Marcelo) and an older gentleman that would suggest the different stages that we go thorough as time progresses. You can hear children (or something very small… hard to tell) laughing in parts, and there is a positive feel of progression as the tune evolves.

“Tierra Adentro” (Inland) is a taste of what I imagine the “Pampa Argentina” to be like. This more traditional track has the tambor marking the beat and acoustic guitar playing out the melody with the help of a piano. The flute solo makes me envision wide open sky and immense spaces. This tempo reminds me of an aire de chacarera and carries the cadence of a horse galloping across the plains. This track speaks to me on so many levels. Unfortunately I could not find a  full length sample to share.

“Cafe de la Melancolia” (Cafe of the melancholy) is a sweet rainy day kind of sad samba. The combination of the the different layers of bass work blend into a harmonious flow. There is the bass holding down the essential bass line but there is also the bass playing melody and harmonic accents. Simple percussion and  guitar work further adorn this piece of bass variety.

Well, by now I am sure you get the general idea of what a good CD “Loop Life” is, and another excellent production from Marcelo Yakko and his very talented musical associates.

Check this one out, I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have. Look for it when it becomes available!

Gracias Marcelo!

For information about Marcelo Yakko at marceloyakko.com.ar

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Marcelo Yakko

    January 1, 2015 at 8:58 am

    An immense joy to have your review in this prestigious site , thank you ! and a strong bearish greetings to all colleagues in the world! Good 2015!.

    Una alegria inmensa tener tu review en tan prestigioso sitio, mil gracias! y un fuerte saludo a todos los colegas bajistas del mundo! Buen 2015!.

  2. Sergio Silvagni

    January 1, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Marcelo’s work is amaizing. He just nail the sweet spot between an instrument base record and a pop one. A please to listen. An epic bass record.

  3. Cesar

    January 1, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Excelent work class of bass!!Fantastic sound and personal feeling of progressive-fusion music.Great and emotive evolution Marcelo.Congratulations!!!

  4. escueladerockvillagesellscar

    January 2, 2015 at 5:39 am

    exelent cd,very strong sound and personal bass touch from marcelo yakko!!

  5. Bibiaba

    January 4, 2015 at 5:17 am

    felicitaciones! que bueno que gente del exterior valore tu musica! es un disco hermoso!

  6. Daniel Del Vecchio

    January 20, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Keeping the line of “Pulse”, Marcelo Yakko´s is back with a new masterpiece!
    Marcelo music is the perfect combination between a very good technique and GREAT compositions, and is
    not the typical band that only makes complex music (as you could expect to hear from something reviewed in a bass player magazine).
    If you love jazz/fusion/progressive style, (like Stuart Hamm albums) this is FOR YOU and you can´t miss this CD! It sounds like Joe Satriani playing bass! Amazing.
    And do not be fooled into thinking all songs are in the vein of the awesome “Un dia en Buenos Aires”… all tracks are quite different and that´s always good news for listeners!
    Best 2014 album in his category. 5/5

  7. Mauricio Javier A. Reino

    February 9, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Loop life, es un excelente trabajo de Marcelo Yakko. Cada tema, tiene su estilo, su sonido propio, y transporta a quien lo escucha a un lugar, a un momento creado especialmente.

    Por mi estilo, y preferencias musicales, les recomiendo el track #9 desafio al destino.

    Les digo mas…. Cada dia me acompaña un tema distinto en viaje al trabajo, en el equipo de musica de mi auto.

    Felicitaciones ! es un gran trabajo, no se pierdan de este trabajo tan disfrutable, que fusiona multiples estilos.

  8. Nando Bersanti

    February 9, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Tremendo trabajo de uno de los mejores bajistas argentinos que alguna vez escuchè. Este trabajo superò ampliamente todas mis espectativas no solo por la calidad compositiva sino tambièn por la alta calidad de musicos que tocan en el !!! Estupendo disco !!

  9. jordan

    February 10, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Yakko is a great musician and composer, i enjoyed a lot listening to this álbum and i am very happy that people from other countrys can explore our muisicians.

  10. Pingback: Circulo de Vida – Loop Life ( bass musician magazine enero 2015) | Marcelo Yakko

  11. Daniel Del Vecchio

    October 29, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Now in digital download!! http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/marceloyakko

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