Look for in your mind a situation in which your body and your mind relax and transmit you well-being. There are many and each of us has his own. They have it? I can think of a few.
Drive along a long straight road and gentle curves with the mid afternoon sun on one side. Sit at a club table, with a soft drink and the only lighting on the stage. Or rest on a porch at dusk after a hot summer day.
A single ingredient is missing for each of the proposed scenarios. The soundtrack. These idyllic scenarios must always culminate the perfect soundtrack. And I’m going to tell you an open secret. You can get that culmination with three records. Three albums released by the same band. A same band that has the ability to adapt their sound to any pleasant state of mind.
And that band is called Chino & The Big Bet. And those three albums form a trilogy, Six, culminated in the recent publication of his third installment.
Let’s start at the end and let me share that idyllic personal setting.
Sitting on that porch, at dusk that happens to a long and hot summer day. The breeze of the moment brings us the trio formed by Hernán “Chino” Senra, Rod Deville and Giggs Nother, from his “Six 3”.
In its acoustic aspect, the trio settled in Barcelona (when they leave the road), shows us its soft and enveloping and precise in “Lovin ‘Greed” and “Lonsome Train”, in which we show how well they spend with the Vocal harmonies, which add to their already well-known skills in the composition of rural blues.
They make us catch air, hold our breath and release the oxygen while we lay our heads back, with the satisfaction that produces “Drivin’ my Blues Away”, later activating the limbs with the acoustic acceleration of “Tonite”. The rocking of the rocker becomes rhythmic in “Go’n Get It”. Accompanied and clear. Precise. Perfect? For a server, yes.
And an ingredient was missing for this rural setting. They return the vocal harmonies to complement a naughty and spicy quilted and comforting swing. That fast purring so necessary on summer nights, brings us the wonderful “Slow Down”.
But the trio not only dominates the acoustic and rural scenario of the scenario raised by the writer.
I will go back to the aforementioned road with long straight and curved hills. The soundtrack was already published previously with the first installment of the Six trilogy.
Start your engine and let it flow “I’m On The Road Again”. The gas pedal is pressed by them in just thirty seconds. As should be done with a well oiled engine. Gently but firmly. No jerks or jerks, but letting the engine roar until the slide of Chino, Rod’s bass and Giggs sticks put the vehicle at its cruising speed.
They can clap their fingers on the steering wheel to the naughty beat of “Bad Boy Blues.” Open the windows of the car, a treat.
Stop at the gas station. Víctor Puertas’s harmonica will join the trio to finish lubricating the machinery in “Jivin ‘Baby”, joining the slide of the Chino, will make sparks jump in our engine and burn just our tires to take us back to the road. Once there, grasp with both hands, but gently, the steering wheel. Relax your back and notice the gentle push and tickle in the belly that produces “Hush (Pretty Baby)”.
The neon lights of the cafeterias and the bars of bad reputation at the foot of the road will go through our windows until the dawn to which takes us “Hipsquake Mama”, with the addition of the voice of Maria Voronkova in the choirs of this comforting cut.
And to finish this electric trip, Chino & The Big Bet stepped on the accelerator with “Your Love is Dynamite”. You have to get to the club on time.
The one who described them at the beginning, the one where we had reserved table near the stage. The one that Chino & The Big Bet have been inviting us since their second installment of Six.
And for this mental scenario that propitiates the listening of this disc, Chino and his great bet bid up with force, and they do it reinforced by a section of wind of luxury. Artem Zhul’ev, Pol Prats and Big Dani Perez, add muscle with their saxes to the band’s potential.
They open fire trotting vigorously in “Broken Heart”. The place is filled with smoke of honker saxophone, as an added ingredient to the trio’s credentials. Let’s go to the bar and order another drink. The difficulty will be to try to return to the table with the full cup, since “Come Down to Harlem” makes to throw the ground of the club. The danger is mingled with the initial measures of “I’m Ready To Lose”. The band is stretched and tension increases the temperature of the room. The slide of Chino returns to fire, and the rhythmic base of Rod and Giggs watches that no one escapes, with the invited saxons of bodyguards. “Moonshine” invites us to leave the premises, to enter the night of the dark alley next to the club and Listening from outside to the band, which writhes on itself.
Back inside the room, “Blue” puts our arm around our shoulders and smiles at us, turning to the stage. Stage that turns on its lights clearly showing the band. “Evil Ways” clears the last drink. Elegance, comfort and shine to close with class this second delivery of Six.
Now the work is yours, listener. Order the trilogy at your leisure and choose what you want. Acoustic, electric or electric with winds.
Chino & The Big Bet will execute it perfectly. Versatility that leads to pleasure.
Bet on this formula.
They will tell me.
Arnau Serra (Hotel Blues)