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Flamenco De La Frontera
Paco Del Gastor
Flamenco De La Frontera
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
 
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All Artists: Paco Del Gastor
Title: Flamenco De La Frontera
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nimbus Records
Original Release Date: 9/24/1992
Re-Release Date: 3/28/1995
Genres: World Music, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Europe, Continental Europe, Eastern Europe, Latin Music, Flamenco, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 083603535223, 710357535222

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Flamenco and a Master Guitarist, by fermed
Fernando Melendez | San Diego, California USA | 10/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This record by Paco del Gastor does not require the acquired taste that so much flamenco music demands: anyone can listen to it without either having to cringe (if not a flamenco aficionado) or wince (if a lover of cante jondo or the "deep song" that is flamenco). The opening piece ("Morón, a part of myself") is breathtaking: guitar, electric bass, and cajón (a percussive box), were played and recorded inside a church, and it contains some of the most bewitching rhythms imaginable. It is a long piece, lasting over 13 minutes, and divided into three movements. It was composed by Paco out of the raw gypsy material in which he has been inmersed all his life and which is now part of him. Yes, he honors his uncle Diego's style of falsettos and rifts, but the piece is so personal and lyrical, that many of the people in the audience (churchgoers, workers, drifters) were crying by the time it was over: it has that kind of immediacy and beauty.Because Paco has been for many years considered the finest flamenco accompanist in all of Spain, when he is left to his own devices as a soloist, he is modest and demure in his virtuosity (which is incredible). He plays not to prove how fast and accurately his fingers can fly over the strings, but to show how deeply wonderful the music that he plays is. He places himself not in front, but behind the music, so that nothing comes between the music and the listener.For those aprehensive about such things, there are no voice songs in the CD: only guitar and the accompaniment mentioned in the first piece. The other pieces in the record are standard structural forms of cante jondo: taranto, alegría, siguiriya (ah, so beautiful, this one), bulería, soleá, and granaina. The playing time is a little over 57 minutes and the audio quality is excellent."
THE LEGEND LIVES ON...
02/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is a tribute to Diego Del Gastor,one of flamencos' finest guitarists& human beings. Paco Del Gastor is a nephew of Diegos'& was also Diegos' favorite student who learned most of Diegos' repetoire & then took it all to the next level.This music is rich in melodic beauty & full of traditional flamencos' majesty! One of my favorite gypsy flamenco guitar recordings!"
Top notch flamenco
Jon Dunn crazy_fiddler@hotmail.com | Portland, Or | 08/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've found it extremely hard to find a good recording of traditional flamenco, but to find this album makes the search worthwhile. Paco is an expert guitar player. His melodies range from soft and simple, to fiery and intense. I have to debate whether or not to play this guy on the radio next year, because if I do, nothing else I play will sound as good. I'm looking foreward to any more albums that Paco comes out with, and I hope they come soon. Anyone who loves flamenco guitar must have this album!"