Tierra Negra is so well known around the globe for its modernization of the eminent old sound that it's considered one of the foundation influences of Flamenco Nuevo. There's a highly interesting distinction beyond that, though: the German duo of Raughi Ebert & Leo Henrichs is so deeply involved with the entire dimension of the form that they designed their own line of ultra-precisely wrought guitars, and bands like the Gypsy Kings refuse to play anything but those exquisite axes. Now usher in Muriel Anderson, harp guitar player and the first woman ever to have won the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, and you have a trio to command instant respect.
Of course, neither does it hurt that Danny Gottlieb and Mark Egan ply drums and bass along with other bass players (including Victor Wooten) and percussionists, marking out a distinctive south of the border, east of the Atlantic sound with wider World implications. The emphasis here is not on lightning fast picking but style and substance, an earthy exposition of the grand form brought into a rhythmic basing more illustrative of the 20th century. Exploratory milieus are covered in cuts like Cloud Cover and En el Bosque de Cristal, taking on folkier airs and chamberish attitudes, kinda like what might have happened had Oregon decided to go in this direction (and, more than once, they did!).
Everything about this 15 cut CD drips with the balmy pulse of Spain cooling down on a hot summer's night, caught in endless updated traditional beats and rhythms, companion to samba, bossa, and the peculiarly evocative Latin modes, imbued with more than a little eros and musk. Nor need you feel dated should you pick up echoes of Yepes and the classicalists, as they breathe quite influentially throughout.
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