Johannes’ third release, Guitarra del Fuego, with all its fiery flair, is beautiful and surprisingly tender nonetheless. The occasional gypsy violin and passionate rhythm and percussion portray dream-like visions and fantasy-laden romantic themes, nicely offset by fast-paced flourishes blazing from Johannes' well-tempered guitar. While occasional melancholy and pathos tug the heartstrings of the listener, this music brims with life, joy and happiness.
Guitarra del Fuego
|1. guitarra del fuego (guitar of fire) 4:56|
|2. mango (mango) 4:04|
|3. a mi guitarra (to my guitar) 3:43|
|4. Suenos en Tus Ojos 5:11|
|4. sueños en tus ojos (dreams in your eyes) 5:09|
|5. ilusión (illusion) 5:58|
|6. a mi muerte (to my death) 4:18|
|7. me voy mañana (i'm leaving tomorrow) 4:07|
|8. samba por allí (samba over there) 5:05|
|9. los moros (the moors) 5:09|
|10. zarzamora (zarzamora) 3:47|
Those who like their flamenco music without fancy flourishes and heavy ethnic influences will find a lot to enjoy with Guitarra del Fuego from Johannes Linstead. Dubbed “nouveau flamanco,” the music has a sense of fluidity, never dispruptive or jagged, just smooth tropical melodies preformed in a very accessible, pleasing fashion. The tracks range from upbeat selections like “Mango,” and energetically charged mariachi florr-filler, to slower, mood-enchancing pieces like “Illusion,” whose bittersweet air seems perfect for a moonlight waltz. Easy on the ears and at a times appropiately stirring, Linstead’s lastest has the right amount of elegance and emotion to give Ottmar Liebert serious competition.
Third time’s the charm for this dazzling guitarist who fires up all strings attached on Guitarra del Fuego. At once a classical virtuoso, ambient visionary & pop musician of great warmth & feeling, he enchants with compositions flowing effortlessly from his nylon strings, skillfully accompanied by keyboards, percussion, bass, rhythm guitar and occasional violin or flute. His music is beautiful, accessible and soft in spite of its fiery flair. The occasional gypsy violin and passionate precision-packed rhythm section add up to dream-like visions and fantasy-laden romantic themes that are nicely offset by the fast-paced flourishes blazing from Johannes’ well-tempered guitar. Modern and well polished, filled with contemporary arrangements and even a bit jazzy in parts, it retains all the freshness and soul of a musical language spoken through acoustic guitar. While occasional melancholy and pathos pull on the sensitive heartstrings of the listener, this music is brimming with life, joy and happiness. The charts are stacked with odds-on favorites and bigger names, but Johannes is the sure-fire long shot to nose ahead in the race for nouveau flamenco glory.
The opening title track of this fine and varied pop flamenco collection would be brilliant if not for one thing — you could swear you were listening to an outtake from any recent album by rumba flamenco master Jesse Cook. That's a compliment in a way, because it's wild, energetic, and generally much more absorbing than the most popular of the new flamenco gods, Ottmar Liebert. All that said, Linstead tries some unique things that Cook rarely does. He plucks and swings over a sizzling horn section and the occasional trumpet shout on “Mango.” His graceful guitar dances with Vasyl Popadoiouk's seductive violin and Linstead's own tasty piano harmonies on “A Mi Guitarra.” And he goes a bit folksy in a duet with the wordless vocals of Alla Kadysh on “Suenos En Tus Ojos.” The intro to “A Mi Muerte” is like a wild chops contest between guitar and violin; the song then settles into a gentle melancholy tenderness. The clear objective is no doubt to be inspired by the harmonic possibilities of these other instruments, and Linstead eventually carves his own niche in the genre by doing just that. He's also a beautiful balladeer, as the lush “Ilusion” bears out.
Fresh from two previous album successes with Sol Luna Tierra and Kiss the Earth, Johannes Linstead now has progressed to his third release. Guitarra del Fuego features flamenco/gypsy sounds with percussion back-up on several tracks. The album contains a number of faster-paced “nouveau flamenco” glory tracks and some beautifully tender, romantic pieces. Johannes is a celebrated and passionate player, expressing the joy of life in every track. Excellent album.
Guitarr Del Fuego is Johannes Linstead’s third release of fiery flamenco music. The album is beautiful and passionate; the occasional gypsy violin and pulsing rhythm and percussion portray dream-like visions and romantic themes, offset by fast-paced flourishes from Johannes’ well-tempered guitar. While occasional melancholy and pathos are expressed in this recording, overall the music brims with life, joy and happiness.
With a solid sales base going into his third outing, Linstead turns it up a notch to take a stand thank knocks off all comers to the flamenco crown. Bringing in a full crew to underscore his pyrotechnics, Linstead never fails to impress on this set loaded with depth and diversity that isn’t on board just for the sake of it. A winning combination at every turn, this is a sure bet for guitar fans to love and spread the word about. Hot stuff.
Guitarra Del Fuego, with all its fiery flair, is beautiful and suprisingly tender. The occasional gypsy violin, passionate rhythm and percussion potray dream-like visions and fantasy-laden romantic themes, nicely offset by fast-paced flourishes blazing from Johannes’ well-tempered guitar. While occasional melancholy and pathos tug the heartstrings of the listener, this album brims with life, joy and happiness.
Pack your bags and get ready for a trip to the sun-drenched Mediterranean. Guitarra del Fuego, Johannes Linstead’s latest album, sounds like the soundtrack for a long, leisurely tour along the Côte d’Azur. With sales of his first two Real Music releases – Sol Luna Tierra and Kiss the Earth – having exceeded 100,000 units, Linstead clearly has struck a popular chord with his fresh brand of acoustic, contemporary flamenco stylings. Danceable rhythms and gorgeous melodies are woven on the delightful Guitarra del Fuego. Sensuous, sophisticated nouveau-flamenco guitar riffs flow like sangria, and Latin trumpet blows musical kisses sweeter than wine.
A stellar group of 12 musicians contributes to the fun. Linstead composed, arranged, recorded, and mixed all the music, and he plays guitar, piano, keyboards, shakers, palmas, and percussive effects. The other musicians add tons of percussion, guitars, bass, vocalizations, trumpet, and violin to this delightful music fest. Linstead’s fully realized vision of lushly romantic nouveau-flamenco music is the happy result of the collaboration. Guitarra del Fuego is one of the loveliest musical experiences of the year.