Razl is the pseudonym of composer and guitar player Raúl Huelves (Madrid, 1973). His initial steps in the guitar world were at the beginning of the nineties, as part of local bands that mostly focused on rock and progressive rock. The band Tattoo Tucum, which he co-founded, created some interest with several independent record companies at the time.
After a few years, Razl got close to the Jazz-Funk scene, as a part of bands like Guateque All Stars. With them, he participated in a few recordings, like their last album Technicolor, and multiple live concerts, not only with the band but also with many artists within the hip hop arena, like Frank T or the Danny Panullo Dancetheatre dance company.
In 2001, Razl started working as a columnist in the prestigious magazine Guitarra Total after having been named “guitarist of the month” in one of the magazine’s issues. He did interviews, wrote news in brief on concerts and full sections on prestigious musicians like Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, David Fiuczynski, Jack Bruce, Steve Howe, Paul Gilbert or Steve Morse, and bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool or Mastodon. His work as a collaborator in specialized media currently continues with ISP Magazine (Instrumentos y Sonido Professional: Instruments and Professional sound).
In 2008, he recorded his debut album Rotonova, with collaborators such as Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller, Dean Brown, Damian Erskine or Charlie Dennard, as well as the exceptional drummer Pepe Acebal. The album received an enthusiastic welcome in specialized national (Guitarra Total, Guitarrista) and international media (Guitar Player Magazine, Jazz.com). That same year, he contacted blues&Soul organ player Mauri Sanchis, and started performing with Mauri Sanchis’ Super Band in Festivals like San Javier Jazz Festival or Blues de Cazorla Festival. Together with drummer Blas Fernández, he also participated in the recording of the album by Mauri Sanchis’ Modern Organ Trio What did you expect!, which will go on sale in 2011.
In mid 2010 Razl started recording his new album Microscopic together with Nashville native bass player Brian Beller and Pepe Acebal. Also, after a casual encounter with New York Guitar Player Will Bernard, (regular drummer in Stanton Moore’s Trio), he was invited to play as a guest on one of the album tracks. Rubén Salvador, trumpet player, also collaborated on the album. Salvador is a regular in Mauri Sanchis’ Super Band as well as an outstanding Jazz musician in the Basque Country scene. In Microscopic, Razl radicalizes his style and focuses on the trio composition, although using orchestration and guitar arrangements as musical background.
An important influence for Razl is the progressive rock of the seventies bands like Frank Zappa & The Mothers, Gentle Giant or King Crimson. Like them, Razl uses elaborated raw sounds with complex structures that in many occasions don’t follow a logical order. Razl also takes funk bands from New Orleans, like Galactic, which define the groove and the simplicity of melody lines.
Razl is also a science fiction fan, especially B movies from the fifties. This hobby has influenced his music greatly and he often introduces flashes of this genre in his songs. In fact, a few of the tracks have a kind of chaotic progression, although the melody makes sense at the end, just like B movies do.