Oboe as the principal instrument sounded like it could be kind of awful, but it is instead rather awesome! All of the nine tracks are ensemble works that include piano, keyboards, guitar, vocals, and strings, but Walder’s oboe sings with and soars above them all in a marvelous mix.” —Solo Piano Publications
“Rarely does an album featuring oboe as the lead instrument land on my desk…a pure sound reminding me of carefree summer childhood days spent blowing on a piece of reed. Exquisite playing both joyous and tender, this music speaks a language I have so yearned to hear. From the first notes there was never another title considered, referred to from day one as Pure Joy.” —Terence Yallop, President, Real Music
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!
With masterful fretwork and vivid imagination, exciting young acoustic guitarist Johannes Linstead blends the best of traditional and contemporary South American/Caribbean melodies in this passionate, original and deeply emotional music.
Sensuous, sophisticated nouveau-flamenco guitar riffs flow like sangria, and Latin trumpet blows musical kisses sweeter than wine.” —New Age Retalier
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.
This album is a featured album for June. A discount of $2 will be applied at check out.
A fan captures Chappell’s Michigan summers inspiration for this album: “A series of musical vignettes that recall the innocence of childhood, almost magical in transporting the listener to that lost and happy time. All top quality and refreshingly engaging…”