Calima

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Young acoustic guitarist Diego Barber reflects his experiences living in Spain, Greece, and Germany with a classically oriented set of contemporary jazz rooted in -- but not beholden to -- flamenco and traditional Baroque sounds. The liner notes make reference to the Saharan Air Layer, "an intensely warm, dry, and sometimes dust-laden" part of the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean that originates in the Sahara Desert region of North Africa, at times reaching the Canary Islands. So naturally, you'd expect this music to be airy, floating, and breezy, bereft of jagged edges as it drifts back and forth from sea to sand. At the music's base, Barber uses progressive ...
See more details below
CD
$15.64
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $11.65   
  • New (4) from $11.65   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Young acoustic guitarist Diego Barber reflects his experiences living in Spain, Greece, and Germany with a classically oriented set of contemporary jazz rooted in -- but not beholden to -- flamenco and traditional Baroque sounds. The liner notes make reference to the Saharan Air Layer, "an intensely warm, dry, and sometimes dust-laden" part of the atmosphere over the Atlantic Ocean that originates in the Sahara Desert region of North Africa, at times reaching the Canary Islands. So naturally, you'd expect this music to be airy, floating, and breezy, bereft of jagged edges as it drifts back and forth from sea to sand. At the music's base, Barber uses progressive elements and variations mastered by Ralph Towner, but it is refined in a different way, less pyrotechnical or dazzling. In a deft, crystalline fashion, Barber and American friends bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Jeff Ballard from Brad Mehldau's group, and saxophonist Mark Turner give account of their notions in a completely relaxed fashion, rarely showy, always flowing like natural elements, playing consistently beautiful music together. Calima's first track, "Piru," sets a romantic and gorgeous tone, with pretty repeat lines and chords, only occasional flourishes, and a wafting swing with Turner coming in late. "190 East," the guitarist in a trio setting, is at once thematic, somewhat cinematic, climactic but unhurried with slight harmonics and minimalism to build upon. In a duet with Ballard on "Richi," Barber's rolling fingerstyle playing shows his classical training mixed with folk roots. The closest parallels to Towner appear on "Desierto," as Turner's sax floats by like clouds in blue skies before resorting to swing, while "Lanzarote" is more contemporary and current. Speaking of up to date, the idea of playing hipper music is not beyond Barber, as the title track is in a funkier style with some edge, while the guitar/sax/drums format on "Virgianna" is closer to rock via Ballard's straight beats. The recording ends curiously with a 21-minute seemingly spontaneous composition, "Air," mostly an evocative solo guitar excursion, with bowed bass and a light tango rhythm supporting Turner, ultimately an indulgent and extended coda that loses momentum and most people's attention span. Overall, this is an attractive first effort from the extremely talented Diego Barber, a portent of things to come, and the beginnings of a bright career from one who has all the potential to be a truly original voice in modern music.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728121026
  • Catalog Number: 1210
  • Sales rank: 323,405

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piru (6:51)
  2. 2 190 East (5:37)
  3. 3 Desierto (8:12)
  4. 4 Catalpa (4:01)
  5. 5 Lanzarote (9:52)
  6. 6 Richi (5:05)
  7. 7 Virgianna (3:25)
  8. 8 Air (20:51)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diego Barber Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Larry Grenadier Bass
Mark Turner Saxophone
Jeff Ballard Drums
Technical Credits
Pete Karam Engineer, Mastering
Jorge Luis Borges Author
Diego Barber Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Paco Marin Guitar Maker
Chema Vílchez Producer, Audio Production
Jesús Yagüe Cover Photo
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously