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Armando's Fire
Oscar Lopez
Armando's Fire
Genres: International Music, New Age, Pop
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If someone were to invent a category called "smooth flamenco," Armando's Fire by acoustic guitarist Oscar Lopez would qualify--and probably stand as one of the more attractive entries in the field. Lopez, born in Chile and...  more »


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All Artists: Oscar Lopez
Title: Armando's Fire
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Narada
Original Release Date: 8/29/2000
Release Date: 8/29/2000
Genres: International Music, New Age, Pop
Styles: Latin Music, Flamenco, Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724384979928, 0724384979959, 724384979959

If someone were to invent a category called "smooth flamenco," Armando's Fire by acoustic guitarist Oscar Lopez would qualify--and probably stand as one of the more attractive entries in the field. Lopez, born in Chile and a resident of Canada since 1979, is a skilled, often exciting player who, on his third release, displays a preference for melody and accessibility over flamboyant virtuosity. This approach yields a handsome, polished assortment of flamenco-minded instrumentals (with traces of jazz and pop elements) that generally favors romanticism over showmanship. It's not exactly a sleepy album, though after a rousing, trumpet-powered opener (the title track), the recording's prevailing mood (near medium on the heat index) is established in the second piece, the subdued, sweetly flowing "Walking Through the Pyramid." Lopez and his ensemble, in fact, only work up a lather one other time on the disc ("Dance of the Sun"). Yet Lopez (whose middle name is Armando) demonstrates exquisite fingerwork throughout, and his compositions (the charming "Gypsy Soul," the warm, breezy "Frontiers," the animated "Latino") are refined and flavorful--smooth, with an elevated sense of style. --Terry Wood

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One more wonderful creation , by a superb artist!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Carlos Lopez is one of the very best guitarists you will ever get to hear. Technically superior, with crisp sound & limitless performance. Top this with his musical talents, and experience... and you get the top of the top! Do not miss this album, or any of his other albums, since he is perhaps the only artist who produced nothing but great albums so far! His first recordings are not around, for some reason... ...(H)e recorded his first album in 89 (named "hola"), his second, Suenos (I think it was back in 92, but I am not sure...still looking for these two albums!). His third was "Dancing on the moon" (94) a WONDERFUL album, from before he joined "Narada". You could not go wrong buyin an Oscar Lopez album, if you like Guitar that is... Grab it!!!"
Oscar delivers again!
Marino J. Martinez | Albuquerque, NH USA | 09/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I would have given the album four and a half stars if I could, only because of the title track. "Armando's Fire (AF)," the track, did not seem to fit well with the rest of the album or with my personal tastes (I like his flamenco-heavy tracks the best, and this track was much more of an amalgam of a number of styles including jazz and a touch of big-band).For those, like me, who virtually burnt holes in his last two CDs, "Heat" and "Seduction," you'll like the generally familiar sound on AF. I am sure there will be reviewers after me that are capable of comparing Oscar Lopez's work with other great guitarists; though I can't do that, I can say that I continue to be amazed by his playing talents (I have played flamenco guitar a bit myself, but I am not fit to replace a broken string for someone of this caliber).This album is a bit better than previous ones in the sense of having a better mix of fast-paced and some more slow tracks. This makes it easy to listen to either as background music that won't fatigue you or as a musical centerpiece to savor.I highly recommend AF to fans of flamenco (that don't mind the blending with other styles) and fans of Oscar Lopez. I hope he keeps this up; I can listen to his music all day.(I thought I heard some parts of tracks that were strongly reminiscent of material he did on "Heat" and "Seduction;" let me know if you hear it too - email me or put it in a review.)"
Hmm................well, not quite Oscar's best
K. G Shrode | Kenmore, WA United States | 04/26/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, I like Oscar Lopez. No I do not like this particular CD of his. It is way too bland, too much towards the soft-jazz genre instead of nuevo flamenco. Look at his album Flashback. There is a reason that NONE of the tracks on this cd appear on that album. Buy Flashback instead and you'll be very happy with your purchase. These other reviewers must like bland, middle-of-the-road soft jazz. There is no kick or passion to this album. Sometimes it happens when you have to produce just to produce. This isn't from his soul, there is it a decent album for background music."