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Mediterranea

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The notion of flamenco music approached in a polite, genteel manner may sound inherently contradictory to some, but Canadian-born guitarist Johannes Linstead accomplishes the task with admirable grace and poise. As with his four previous recordings, Linstead's Mediterranea is short on the fire, sweat, and florid technique found in the work of Jesse Cook and other nouveau flamenco contemporaries. Instead, Linstead leans more on heart, melodicism, and adroit fingering to craft a lively yet dignified sound that, while perhaps tame to some ears, elevates his instrumentals beyond simple easy-listening fare. Linstead (Spanish guitar, bouzouki, keyboards) is an accomplished player (for evidence, consider his energized licks on "Sangre del Toro") whose arrangements create a colorful, accessible sound well-suited to listeners with a taste for what could be termed "smooth flamenco." Two notable tracks, in fact, lean a bit further than usual toward the pop spectrum: "Adelita," a warm, lovely piece he dedicates to his mother, and the sun-warmed "Tabu." A pleasant listen. --Terry Wood
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 14, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Earthscape Media
  • ASIN: B0002U6DMM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Let me preface this review by saying that I have been a fan of 'nouveau flamenco'-style guitar music for about 13 years now. It has taken less than TWO of those years for Johannes Linstead to become my FAVORITE flamenco guitar player, HANDS DOWN! Though this is his most recent recording, it is the one I bought first. Boy am I glad I did. ALL the tracks on here are excellent and they each have their own unique flavour, sound and style, so you never feel like you heard 'the same song' twice. Each one is a truly unique and very special treat for the ears, as well as for the heart, of a listener.

1. Andalucia - For me, the best word to describe this opening tune is "joyous". The opening melody is catchy and makes me feel really happy. The rhythm and all the melodies of this tune are exuisitely crafted and go together splendidly. The song in its entirety is filled to the brim with beauty, life, and power... the power to make you smile, and to make you want to get up and dance, and celebrate just being alive. It captures the splendour of the region of Spain that some have called the 'heart'of flamenco music. The 'dance' performed in this song between Johannes' guitar and the violin is especially noteworthy to me.

2. Evening Embrace - This tune is a bit more laid back. It is considerably slower, but it is a GREAT tune nonetheless. Despite the title, this does not put me in the mind of hugging somebody. Instead, it paints pictures in my mind of walking hand in hand with a special someone, taking a romantic stroll under the moonlight and the stars through a setting that is both exotic and picturesque.

3. Sangre Del Toro - Translated as: "Blood Of The Bull", this is an awesome tune. As far as tempo it fluctuates between mid-range and moderately fast.
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I just returned from the Vancouver area on vacation where my wife and I rented a convertible and drove around the country side. By chance we came across this beautiful CD and played it everywhere we drove. We will never forget the sheer ecstasy created by the combination of the sun, the wind, the trees, the mountains, the water, and Linstead's music. It has that quality of making you remember where you were when you first heard it. I have many of Linstead's CDs, as well as other nouveua flamenco artists' music, playing from my laptop at the office. Often people will stop by and ask what's the beautiful music they're hearing. It's usually Linstead. It has a magnetic quality to it that's so rare in contemporary music. It's therapeutic. Sit and listen and see if you're not changed by it!
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I own all of this great musician's cds and never tire of listening to them, can't decide which cd is my favorite, it's usually the one i'm currently listening to. He needs to put out more cds sooner, can't wait for the next one! If you like this music, try jesse cook, luis villegas, eric hansen, willie and lobo,esperanza, daveed..........
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I love all his CD's. Very pleasant to listen to in the office and my car. I like the violin introduced in a few songs. Very unique, and never get's boring because each song has different style. Love it!!!
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I first heard of Johannes and this album on a streaming radio station. The song "Journey to Alcazaba" was playing, and I was amazed at Johannes' superb techincal mastery of his instrument. I bought a couple more songs off the album from iTunes and eventually wound up buying the CD.

I had already bought "Hour of the Lamps" and "Journey to Alcazaba," so I was expecting more of the same. When I found the other tracks were relatively more restrained, I was initially disappointed. However, the album began to grow on me. I realized that the tracks were not just a random collection of songs; they are integrated as a whole.

The album starts with the laid-back, optimistic tracks "Andalucia" and "Evening Embrace." They are then offset by the fiery and fast "Sangre del Toro," which is tempered by the slow and "sarcastic" (for lack of a better word) "Ambrosia." The album begins to get more serious here. "Adelita" and "Tabú" keep some of the laid-back optimism that the earlier tracks had, but also have more of a bittersweet tone. At "Hour of the Lamps," Johannes starts to unleash his virtuosity as the tracks become more fully developed, longer (6-7 min as opposed to 3-4 at the beginning), and use a penatonic minor key. "Motika" is a fun salsa piece started off by a uniquely recorded piano. This piece is faster and shorter (3:22), bearing more in resemblance to the earlier pieces. If there is one piece that is out of place, it is this one. The entry of "Estrellas Sobre Ella" returns the album to the serious tone of "Hour of the Lamps." The violin and guitar have previously only playfully dueled each other. Now, they are much more restrained and work together to produce a luscious soundscape.
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Johannes Linsteads new album is fantastic. Every song is rich, melodious, and creates a great sense of freshness and JOY. You'll love every performance the sounds are clean, clear and exhilarating.
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