Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A brilliant representation of gypsy talent & passion
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Francois "Canut" Reyes is the "second voice" of the Gipsy Kings. Although his brother Nicholas' strong vocals lead out in many of the group's songs, and certainly brothers Andre & Patchai have solos sprinkled here & there, Canut's softer, huskier voice can be heard leading a few songs, and on this solo recording we can indulge in the full extent of his talent--vocals as well as guitar playing. Fortunately, there is a very noticeable lack of a band, allowing a nice, uncluttered presentation of Mr. Reyes' talent. On this recording, you get Canut, a few back-up guys chanting comments, adding palmas & a minimum [but well-placed!] of percussion, and that's all. He 'covers' Ravel [Bolero, of course] and Bizet ["L'Arlesienne"] in true, proud gitane style. Hearing him makes one long to be by a campfire late at night, gathered with friends & family, singing & dancing and perhaps reflecting on love lost. . . Also present on this recording, surprisingly, are a few selections with a woman leading out. Bernadette's melodies are quaint, at times raw in her cante jundo style, and touching -- "Chanson de Bernadette" is my favorite. Canut Reyes, however, is clearly the 'star' of this CD, and his talent and passion are undeniable. If you love the Gipsy Kings, "Bolero" is a must-have--and if you appreciate "Bolero", also check out the older recordings of the patriarch of the Reyes family with his sons, "Jose Reyes & Los Reyes" and recordings of related [in the familial sense as well!] artists"