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Aire Y Candela Import


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  • Audio CD (January 11, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alula
  • ASIN: B00003Q5BD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pa' La Mare
2. Gato Gris
3. Mamaqui
4. Borrasca
5. La Blanca Y La Negra
6. Nubarron
7. Canaveral
8. La Enredadera
9. Hierbabuena
10. Paredes Blancas
11. Penumbra
12. Isabel

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The North Carolina-based duo of Juan Benavides and Jaime Ibarra explore three main musical styles on their debut: traditional flamenco, rumba flamenca, and guitarra Latina; the duo also sprinkle some subtle pop influences into the latter two styles. Three of the 12 originals on Aire y Candela are traditional flamenco and are the most striking pieces. Two of their other songs--"Hierbabuena" and the catchy "Gato Gris"--skirt dangerously close to replicating ideas by one of their acknowledged influences, Latin guitar pioneers Strunz & Farah. And while De Madera are also informed by the guitar mastery of Paco De Lucía and the jovially rambunctious spirit of rumba flamenca, they often sound as if they're diluting those influences into some very even-keeled numbers. The solid musicianship is not in question here, rather the stylistic uniformity of many tracks. Overall, Aire y Candela is a mixed bag; however, the exuberant closing track, "Isabel," closes the album in classy fashion. --Bryan Reesman

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had the distinct pleasure of hearing De Madera at the Don Quijote Restaurant in Charlotte, NC one Saturday evening. While dining on the outside terrace we were serenaded by some of the best Latin/Flamenco music I have heard. Their musical skill and passion was just wonderful. The music took me on a journey that left me wanting to hear more. It is a blend of more than just Latin or Flamenco, but I am not sure just what it was. You have to hear it and feel it to know that this is good stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a flamenco guitarist myself, I am often dissapointed with guitar duos that play "latin guitar", but claim it to be flamenco, which is a very precise and profound music by itself. These guys however, have made an excellent CD in the vien of Strunz and Farah. Perhaps too many rumbas that sound similar for my taste, but prove that they know and play real flamenco with thier own style. Sure if you like Ottmar Liebert or Young&Rollins, you'll like this too, but if you're a fan of real flamenco guitar, you might be pleasantly surprized. Tremendous playing ability, real knowledge of flamenco, and a great sounding product is why I like the album.
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A couple of observations: the duo complements each other really well on every single track of this album. Their playing style clearly reflects years of training and dedication. However, they don't engage in exaggerated flourishes that many classical guitar players often do. I would recommend this album to anybody who enjoys the flamenco style compositions yet perhaps shies away from traditional flamenco albums.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Aire Y Candela presents a blend of traditional and new Flamenco with other Latin and Afro-Cuban styles. The result is a fascinating musical exploration encompassing the rhythmic and melodic variety of Latin music throughout the world. This lively showcase collection features Pa' la Mare (4:34); Gato Gris (4:32); Mamaqui (5:04); Borrasca 3:46); La Blanca y la Negra (5:00); Nubarron (4:38); Cafiaveral (5:13); La Enredadera (4:53); Hierbabuena (4:45); Paredes Blancas (4:55); Penumbra (4:40); Isabel (4:39).
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