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Album Review

The opening title track of this fine and varied pop flamenco collection would be brilliant if not for one thing — you could swear you were listening to an outtake from any recent album by rumba flamenco master Jesse Cook. That's a compliment in a way, because it's wild, energetic, and generally much more absorbing than the most popular of the new flamenco gods, Ottmar Liebert. All that said, Linstead tries some unique things that Cook rarely does. He plucks and swings over a sizzling horn section and the occasional trumpet shout on "Mango." His graceful guitar dances with Vasyl Popadoiouk's seductive violin and Linstead's own tasty piano harmonies on "A Mi Guitarra." And he goes a bit folksy in a duet with the wordless vocals of Alla Kadysh on "Suenos En Tus Ojos." The intro to "A Mi Muerte" is like a wild chops contest between guitar and violin; the song then settles into a gentle melancholy tenderness. The clear objective is no doubt to be inspired by the harmonic possibilities of these other instruments, and Linstead eventually carves his own niche in the genre by doing just that. He's also a beautiful balladeer, as the lush "Ilusion" bears out.

Customer Reviews

Great album with different musical styles

Guitarra del Fuego is a great album. Johannes' technical musicianship is fun to listen to. Each song in the album is different and has it's own style and personality. His music has a Spanish core, but I hear Middle Eastern, Indian, and, even, Jewish/Yiddish sounds interspersed. This album should be in every iPOD if you want some pleasant background music.

guitar in the kitchen

Is the best guitarst i have heard.I recomend guitar in the kitchen to any one!

Guitarra del Fuego

Very interesting nuances in sounds. Much like Jesse Cook. Though has
different types of orchestration from Jesse Cook, but just as interesting and
hand clapping.
Danceable and a repeat buy I'd say.
Zabuca is one of the best ones he's done.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Instrumentalist Johannes Linstead is not an easy artist to categorize. Some listeners have described the acoustic guitarist's ambitious, far-reaching albums as new age (although he is much more energetic than new age artists are typically known for being), and others have labeled him nuevo flamenco (that is, modern flamenco-pop rather than traditional straight-ahead flamenco). But while some of his acoustic guitar playing is, in fact, relevant to Spain's nuevo flamenco scene, the truth is that contemporary...
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