As a duo featuring Alfredo G. Arcusa on drums and
Isabel Muniente on keyboards and bass-synthesizer,
Spanish band ALTAIR made two albums in the Nineties:
Altair from 1990 and Fantasias Y Danzas from 1999.
In 2003 Italian progrock label Mellow Records released
this live CD, recorded live in Barcelona (2000) after
drummer Alfredo Arcusa re-founded ALTAIR as a trio
with Emilio Ruiz on keyboards and Albert Guitart on bass.
On this album simply entitled 3 (running time almost
one hour) we can enjoy seven compositions delivering
a modern, tasteful keyboard sound, dynamic drums and
flowing bass play.
The climates change from dreamy and compelling to
fluent and propulsive including a varied colouring from
the keyboards: flashy synthesizer flights, jazzy, swinging
and swirling piano runs, fine organ waves, wonderful
orchestrations and some
At some moments the keyboard driven progrock from ALTAIR
evokes ELP but not so obvious as on their two studio
albums because the new keyboardist has more an own style
and plays with more variety.
Due to this ALTAIR sounds more convincing and powerful,
so we would like to recommend this album to the keyboard aficionados.