Incendio – Summoning the Muse

May 25, 2019

Ahh, how exhilarating and refreshing it is to get to review another Latin-based world-fusion band. The dimension that this subgenre brings also brings such exoticism and mystique with it. Here, the band Incendio (which includes Jim Stubblefield, a guitarist I’ve reviewed on a couple of occasions as a solo artist) offers Summoning the Muse, an album chock full of rhythm, sunshine, passion, and melody.

In addition to Stubblefield, the band includes two other fluid and captivating guitarists – Jean-Pierre Durand and Liza Carbe – bot of whom also have established solo careers with recordings of their own.

Having amassed legions of fans and recorded 11 albums (including this one) over the past two decades, Incendio is no stranger to the industry or the magic of Latin/World music. Having captured and mastered that magic in ways only ears, minds, and souls attuned to great musicianship can understand, the band steps out with all of the swagger and confidence you’d expect from them.

“When you have spent many years performing as a professional musician, and when you have recorded as many albums as Incendio has, you have to look around for new ideas and dig deep for fresh inspiration, which is why we titled the album Summoning the Muse. We decided to make the pop and dance influences a little more obvious on this album, go for a more groove-oriented approach…,” says guitarist Durand. They’ve done a marvelous job of making that transition an incredibly smooth one.

So many of these tracks are simply infectiously good. There are acoustic beauties like “Monte Carlo,” “Rumba Poderosa” and “Dog Mountain”.” Then, there’s the electric treat “Don’t Pretend” which morphs into a fusiony, Santana-like inferno more than halfway into the track, complete with some killer horn play. For good measure and to make a very clear statement on eclecticism, there’s the “Amazon River Hoedown” closer (yep, it is as its title implies – a hoedown – a little of that Allman Brothers Band bluesy “Ramblin’ Man” feel but even more up-tempo).

A great exercise in coupling the beauty of Latin/world acoustic flair with a touch of rock/blues electricity and a lot of innovation. Great for aficionados of the truly eclectic experience. – Ronald Jackson