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||Pavane||Ottmar Liebert||4:24||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||O Little Town of Bethlehem / City of Tijuana||Ottmar Liebert||5:18||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Westcoast||Ottmar Liebert||5:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Le Café (Arabian Dance)||Ottmar Liebert||6:09||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Away In a Manger / Fiesta 05||Ottmar Liebert||4:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Longest Night||Ottmar Liebert||7:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Kora / River of Stars||Ottmar Liebert||7:02||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Les Roses D'Isphahan||Ottmar Liebert||6:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bells / Coda: Christmas Eve At Friar Fripp's||Ottmar Liebert||5:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||O Holy Night / Jon's Cello Bass||Ottmar Liebert||5:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Sweet Persimmon (December 8th)||Ottmar Liebert||5:16||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Winter Blue||Ottmar Liebert||6:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Le Café (Dream of Snow)||Ottmar Liebert||3:50||$0.99||View In iTunes|
In Spain, flamenco's purist hardliners view Ottmar Liebert the same way they view the Gipsy Kings: as a pop culture bastardization of the real thing — the real thing being traditionalists like Paco de Lucía and Tomatito. But that's a narrow-minded and foolish way of looking at it, because Liebert never claimed to be a flamenco traditionalist. The guitar-playing instrumentalist has been bringing a wide variety of influences to the table — influences that continue to serve him well on Winter Rose. Recorded from 2003-2005, Winter Rose is Liebert's third Christmas-influenced project; the two previous ones were 1990's Poets & Angels and 2000's Christmas + Santa Fe. But saying that Winter Rose is Christmas-influenced — at least some of the time — isn't saying that it is strictly a Christmas album. Liebert puts his spin on a few traditional Christmas songs, including "Away in a Manger" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem." But truth be told, much of Winter Rose is not overtly Christmas-themed — and the disc's other highlights range from several Liebert originals to a tasteful arrangement of Tchaikovsky's "Le Café." The word "tasteful" comes to mind throughout Winter Rose; sure, Liebert can be slick and glossy, but he's tastefully slick and glossy — tasteful as a guitarist, tasteful as an arranger, tasteful in his ability to combine flamenco elements with everything from European classical to new age, folk, and pop-jazz. This CD is not among Liebert's essential releases, but it is nonetheless a pleasing, worthwhile addition to his catalog — and while Winter Rose isn't a Christmas album through and through, it is still nice to see Liebert revisiting the Christmas theme on some of the tracks.
I don't write very many reviews so when I actually write one it means that I love the album. Ottmar is my fav guitar player and has once again meet and exceeded my expectations. If you haven't heard of him...give him a try. If you know him.....buy the album. For a full preview of the songs go to his website.
Born: 1963 in Cologne, Germany
Genre: New Age
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s