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Genres: World Music, New Age, Pop
As the fifth installment in Narada's popular new flamenco series, Gypsy Fire revisits a successful formula that once again will likely generate broad listener enthusiasm while also sparking sporadic grumbling from flamenco... more »
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As the fifth installment in Narada's popular new flamenco series, Gypsy Fire revisits a successful formula that once again will likely generate broad listener enthusiasm while also sparking sporadic grumbling from flamenco purists who believe the genre's tradition is being dishonored. Don't expect this disc's collection of 13 previously released tracks to alter the perspective of either camp. Gypsy Fire is primarily targeted at a contemporary audience, one that probably appreciates the melodic essence found in each selection at least as much as the players' nimble finger work. You'll hear no vocalizing on this collection, and a bit more emphasis on tamer, midtempo (i.e., romantic) pieces than on previous Narada packages. Highlights include the smoldering sensuality of "Gentle Seduction," the opening track from Oscar Lopez, notes by the thousands flying through "Nuevo Sol" by Strunz & Farah, and the agile melodicism of Spain's Jose Luis Encinas on "Huracan Rumba." --Terry Wood
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This is the one to get
Don Davis | 05/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought two disks as an introduction to Nouveau Flamingo. The first was by Ottmar Liebert. I found it rather uninvolving and might have stopped there, if not for Gypsy Fire. It is by far the best introduction to the genre and I highly recommend it. If you don't love at least some of the songs on Gypsy Fire, then Nouveau Flamingo is not for you. I particularly recommend Gentle Seduction by Oscar Lopez, Cascada by Jesse Cook, and the compelling A Touch of Love by the Ramon Bermudez Group. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything else by the latter group, but the other two are represented on other CDs, so you can follow their work."
More heart, but less fire than embers
Joanna Daneman | Middletown, DE USA | 10/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you like New Flamenco (or Nouveau Flamenco, as it's also called) this is a good CD to have in your collection. But the title "Gypsy Fire" ought to really be "Gypsy Embers" as many of the pieces are more contemplative than rousing. Not a bad thing in a guitar CD, but this is definitely not hot dance music. My favorite cuts were the last two, "Tormenta de Fuego" by Ruben Romero and Lydia Torea, and "Moonlight Dance" by James Bobchak. These aren't sampled here, but the samples provided do give a good idea of the more mellow tone of this CD. What's also nice is the selection of artists, from Oscar Lopez, to Ottmar Liebert, Miguel de la Bastide from Canada, and of course Jesse Cook, whom I think is my favorite, though really it's hard to choose. If you like New Flamenco, you will probably enjoy this CD sampler."
Fiery and fun!
Brianna Neal | USA | 05/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection of consistently lively, rich and sensual numbers features a variety of "New Flamenco" artists. Included are works by Oscar Lopez, Jesse Cook, Ottmar Liebert, Strunz and Farrah, Govi and many more. I'm not sure how this wonderfully Latin music ends up in the New Age section of the CD racks rather than World Music, since it doesn't sound "New-Agey" at all, but it's great to listen to regardless of its classification. Consistently compelling, "Gypsy Fire" is my favorite of the Narada New Flamenco samplers released to date. Other compilations in the series include "Gypsy Soul", "Gypsy Passion", "Obsession" and "Flamenco Fire and Grace"."