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Album Review

Tonino Baliardo, lead guitarist of the Gipsy Kings from France, has made an attempt without the band to update the rhumba flamenca sound from the south of France on his eponymously titled second album. Hanging with a number of the Kings and the idiosyncratic postmodern production of Gerard Prevost, Baliardo's music is more firmly rooted than ever in his traditional rhythms and melodies, it's just that with the popping of Carlos Benavent's electric bass on "Gitanito" and the electronic programming on "Rumba Caliente" and "Cosso," or even the Hammond B3 by Bolsadan on "Redemption," culture shock of the new is imprinted everywhere on the recording. Yet, there is nothing revisionist about the music — not even remotely. The new instrumentation creates different ambiences and textures, but musically the steam of the tradition percolates everywhere from this CD. Other notables are the ballads, such as "Cynthia," and the Django Reinhardt-meets-Cuban son "Recuerdo Apasionado" that closes the set. This is a fine outing; it offers a deeper, wider view of rhumba flamenca in the context of a new millennium and a new kind of traditionalism.

Customer Reviews

Leaves you wanting more

It is always interesting to see what an individual artist will create when he momentarily steps away from his band mates. Tonino's instrumental tracks with the Gipsy Kings have provided a very personal voice in the group's work. In this recording it is evident that he has so much more to say. The song, Redemption, is sublime. Gitanito rocks and Reverie demonstrates his virtuosity. This is so much more than rumba flamenca. The Gipsy Kings are the hardest working World music recording group. I hope he finds the opportunity to record other solo CDs. A must have for any Gipsy Kings fans and guitar aficionados.

Simply beautiful

Having been a Gipsy King fan for years I was pleasantly surprised while perusing their wiki page that their virtuoso Baliardo has released a couple solo albums. Quickly ordering this album I was immediately very pleased. Rumba Caliente and Redemption are my 2 favorites if pressed. Redemption especially is simply beautiful. Good relaxing driving music.

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