& Rollins - Salsa Flamenca
Ricky Martin Please Take a Seat?
abundance of Spanish and/or Latin music filling every frequency
of every radio, it has become easy to overlook the truly beautiful
and awe-inspiring passion of this kind of music. With every
play of Latin-influenced music on mainstream playlists, the
listener hears the gusto and pride of the artist as they perform
music of the genre belonging to their heritage. Unfortunately,
the serial use of practically the same 303 backbeat behind
nearly every song detracts a bit from what is considered to
be an "authentic" experience.
of mainstream music is such a wonderful thing....
A few short years ago, the Three Tenors hosted a benefit concert
on public television. In a cavalcade of very talented performers
from all walks of musicianship, perhaps one of the most impressive
performances was delivered by the most unexpected. Three incredibly
talented guitarists by the names of John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola
and Paco DeLucia performed their "Mediterranean Suite"
and everyone in the audience instantly was attune to the passion
of Spanish guitar once again. No overused backbeats. No half-naked
girls dancing in the back - skillful music written by the
artists themselves. The audience was held at the edge of their
seats as every trade of solos between the three guitarists
would speak volumes of skill, passion and love for their art
and Rollins have put together an album which definitely warrants
a listen on the title, Salsa Flamenca. Unlike the aforementioned
artists of McLaughlin, DiMeola and DeLucia, Young and Rollins
chose to assemble a complete band to complement their passion
for the Spanish guitar. Because of this, the album concentrates
less on the academic skills of blinding speed, and more on
the creation of powerful music, rich with memoirs of culture.
Feels ranging from salsa to reggae are spotted all over the
recording with success at every level. "Last Year"
moves well and sounds more like a recording from a Spanish
dancehall than anything else. "Serendipity" is impressive
in its cohesive feel and begs for a listen if but not for
anything else but the percussionist Mojica.
what the album may suffer from is a feel of "bottledness."
Perhaps I have different designs in mind for such an ambitious
project as this, but the new-age mixing scheme seems to bottle
the sound of the orchestra.
the three guitarists of DiMeola, McLaughlin, and DeLucia benefit
from a new-age style recording due to their albums platforming
on academic skill of speed and dexterity, the extremely talented
and cohesive orchestra heard on this album begs to be heard
on a larger, fuller recording reminiscent of the outdoor fiesta-like
mood that the album begins to pull the listener into.
out of 5.0