Area 52: Rodrigo y Gabriela’s first recorded collaboration

“Juan Loco” is a compelling and powerful representation of the unique hybrid of metal, latin and jazz that is the unmistakable signature of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero. For Area 52, the duo took their sound a step further into the unknown — “Juan Loco” now boasts a 13-piece Cuban Orchestra and brilliant bass by Carles Benavent, who has played with the likes of Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea and Miles Davis.

About the track, Rodrigo says, “For ‘Juan Loco,’ we decided to get Carles Benavent to play the bass as well as he did on 11:11 because it felt like he could just change the rhythm in terms of the bass line, in terms of making it a little bit less latin and more kind of his way – you know, which could be jazzy, could be more flamenco based style or whatever. And it goes well with the guitars because it’s a very hyper-active track in terms of playability and he suits perfectly for these kinds of tracks.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Juan Loco (feat. CUBA) by ATO Records

Area 52 was produced by the legendary Peter Asher and will come out on January 24, 2012. The record contains nine of Rod and Gab’s favorite songs from their own catalogue re-arranged and re-configured for a 13-piece Cuban orchestra comprised of some of Havana‘s finest young players, collectively known as C.U.B.A. It’s Rodrigo y Gabriela’s first recorded collaboration with another group of musicians.

The band will be touring throughout 2012.

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