Posts Tagged ‘ Nuevo Flamenco ’

Lawson Rollins – True North

Guitarist Lawson Rollins has already captivated audiences and critics alike with a multitude of albums. Infinita (2008), Espirito (2010), Elevation (2011), Full Circle (2013), Traveler (2015), Infinite Chills (The Remix Sessions) (2015), 3 Minutes to Midnight (2017), Airwaves: The Greatest Hits (2018), Dark Matter: Music For Film (2019) are to be mentioned.

Meanwhile he is ranked as one of the 50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists of all time by Guitar Player Magazine. His newest album True North is scheduled for release January 17, 2020 on Infinita Records. Lawson performs on the new album acoustic, electric and nylon string guitars, drum programming, keyboards. He is joined by Dave Bryant (drums, percussion), Mads Tolling (violin, viola), Dan Feiszli (acoustic and electric bass) and Stephen Duros (electric guitar on With The Wind, addition keyboards). Lawson Rollins has composed all songs.

True North shows the right direction in which Lawson Rollins travels. Lawson intelligently combines different finger style techniques and guitars to an impulsive guitar playing. With The Wind combines Spanish acoustic guitar school with strong rock elements to a tour de force.

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Lawson Rollins – 3 Minutes to Midnight

Lawson Rollins is one of the most prominent protagonists of Latin jazz. He gives a new meaning to acoustic guitar music. His solo albums Infinita (2008), Espirito (2010), Elevation (2011), Full Circle (2013) and Traveler (2015) are contemporary witnesses of a stunning career.

3 Minutes to Midnight is a new stellar release in the music history of this genre. Valuable companions on this recording are Dominic Camardella (piano, Rhodes and Hammond organ), Dave Bryant (drums, percussion), Randy Tico (bass), Charlie Bisharat (violin, viola), Stephen Duros (drum programming) and Forrest Marquisee (pedal steel).

The set opens with the title song, on which Lawson sounds similar to an evolution of Django Reinhardt. The uplifting Light the Way rises the mood with hand clapping, melodic drums and Lawson’s acoustic guitar elating in its transgression like a lark in springtime.

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Russ Hewitt – Cielo Nocturno

Guitar virtuoso Russ Hewitt describes his style as smooth jazz, Nuevo Flamenco and Latin World music. He counts the albums Bajo el Sol (2008) and Alma Vieja (2011) to his credits. His new album Cielo Nocturno (2016) already garnered rave reviews.

Guest musicians on this album are Larry Carlton, Ardeshir Farah and Alfredo Caceres (guitars), Bob Parr (bass, keyboards), Raphael Padilla (percussion), Walfredo Reyes Jr. (drums) and Wladimir Kaliazine (accordion).

A colorful bunch of musicians, a motley crew of styles. All songs are composed by Russ, no cover in sight. The album starts with Presidio, a Latin tinged song with a strong shot of joie de vivre. A catchy melody brilliantly presented.

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