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Zabuca

Zabuca by Johannes Linstead

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Zabuca - Johannes Linstead

Zabuca (Shake up) is the perfect title for this infectious fourth album from one of the few real masters of the Spanish guitar. Zabuca burns with passionate and festive Latin joy, from the jubilant and brassy “La Cabañita” to the seductive and whimsical “La Rumbita.” The traditional-minded “Guayabera” combines Santanaesque groove with some of Johannes’ most heartfelt finger styling. The soft-spoken “Eleni” conveys his sweet, romantic side, while the two-part suite “Echoes of the Forest” combines meditative classical moods with the modern happy nouveau flamenco experience. For aficionados of nouveau flamenco music at its most lushly romantic, dust off the mariachis and prepare to shake it up with Zabuca!

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1. La Cabañita en la Playa 4:11
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2. Cielo Azul 4:44
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3. Guayabera 4:54
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4. Eleni 5:29
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5. La Rumbita 5:11
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6. Echoes of the Forest I 4:23
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7. Echoes of the Forest II 0:50
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8. Heat in Torremolinos 5:27
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9. The Bells of San Miguel 4:07
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10. Zabuca (Shake Up) 5:25
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Press Acclaim

Kathy Parsons
Zabuca is a fiery, passionate Spanish guitar tour de force from Johannes Linstead. Linstead’s fourth album to date, the title aptly translates to "shake-up" or "to stir the feelings of." There is a wide range of emotions and playing styles in the ten tracks, from the festive “La Cabanita en la Playa” and “Guayabera” to the gorgeous “Echoes of the Forest” and sweetly seductive “Eleni.” Linstead is joined by a variety of musicians on various percussion instruments, piano, flute, bass, cello, vocalizations, brass, and violin, giving this album a very big and full sound. The upbeat pieces are rhythmic and fun, and the quieter ones are warm and heartfelt, indicating how versatile this guitar virtuoso really is. Both traditional and contemporary flamenco styles are utilized, but this album is very much in the present. “Eleni” is a ballad from the heart that is passionate, a little melancholy, and a bit mysterious. The instrumentation on this piece is more spare with some lovely female vocalizations in the background, giving it an intimate feeling. “Echoes of the Forest” begins with the sound of running water, tropical birds, and other exotic wildlife; then the single guitar enters with flute and gentle percussion right behind it. From the liner notes: “Listen to the echoes of the forest, for soon the secrets they reveal may disappear forever....” Although the simple melody is sad, there is hope in the message - a very beautiful piece, and one of my favorites. Part 2 of the same piece has the recurring melody played on flutes with a gentle tribal rhythm. I also love “Heat in Torremolinos,” one of the more upbeat and joyous pieces. It isn't as brassy as some of the other uptempo songs — mostly guitar, bass, and percussion — and has an infectious rhythm that won't quit. Calling his music “nouveau flamenco” tells part of the story, but there are also elements of gypsy, salsa, and numerous other styles incorporated into Linstead's music, creating a true world music vision. Even though this isn't a style of music I usually listen to, I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing Zabuca. Highly recommended as music to wake up to!

Fans will be overjoyed to know the guitarist’s fretwork is still as nimble as ever, and paired with percolating Latin percussion and occasional ethnic flourish, Zabuca offers plenty of merriment and flamenco sizzle.