Barcelona Nights: The Best of Ottmar Liebert, Vol. 1by Ottmar Liebert
This compilation of spirited, up-tempo works by flamenco chart-topper Ottmar Liebert is drawn from two of the guitarist’s early albums, the groundbreaking Noveau Flamenco and Borrasca. The straggler, “Festival (of 7 Lights),” comes from his Christmas album, Poets and Angels. Although Liebert never exhibits the churning tremolos, volcanic runs, or finger-tangling chords of a traditional flamenco guitarist, his Latin-tinged take on flamenco is infectiously visceral and visual. Part of the Liebert appeal comes from the spatial separation of the mix: You can almost see the palmas clap to the left, Liebert’s solo line veer to the upper right, and the rhythm guitars flow beneath it all. The Borrasca lineup takes the music south of the border with the addition of a horn section. "Dancing Under the Moon" features a delightful debate between horns and guitar. "La Rosa Negra" touches some of the deeper sensuality of flamenco, as Adolfo Weitzman’s piano brings a nightclub ambiance to the track. Dave Bryant adds dollops of zest on the rhythm side; his snazzy trapset, percussion, and palmas exhibition on celebratory "Bajo la Luna Mix" is a dizzying blast. While Leibert’s legions probably have most of the material here, it is a fine acquisition for any newcomer to his music.
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I wasn't aware of Ottmar Liebert before listening to this album. I don't even remember how I aquired it. But what a Gem! It has quickly become an essential.
With the recent Holiday season just passed, I obtained a copy of Ottmar Liebart playing the traditional 'Deck the Halls', however with his unique style. Should you want to become an Ottmar fan, I suggest that you first listen, intently, to that piece. Can you wear out a CD?
I heard "Barcelona Nights" on the radio and really liked it. I took a chance and bought the CD. I just love it. Can't stop playing it!
This is such a peaceful artwork. I can relax, read, or even clean my house without a care in the world while listening to this. You just put your mind to it and it is either upbeat or relaxing. You set the mood and the music adapts. Quite wonderful. I never thought my Dad and I would be on the same page for music, but he has definitely influenced me for this music. Strikingly beautiful. 'Nuff said.