Espirito

Espirito

by Lawson Rollins
     
 

On his splendidly exotic, infectiously melodic, and grooving second recording since his days as part of the popular flamenco duo Young & Rollins, the charming and charismatic guitarist goes on another inviting journey full of all the exciting rhythmic possibilities the world offers -- high energy and supercharged at times, balancedSee more details below

Overview

On his splendidly exotic, infectiously melodic, and grooving second recording since his days as part of the popular flamenco duo Young & Rollins, the charming and charismatic guitarist goes on another inviting journey full of all the exciting rhythmic possibilities the world offers -- high energy and supercharged at times, balanced nicely by sensual flows here and there. He's holding his trademark acoustic guitar on the CD cover, but mixes up that vibe with sharp, Santana-like electric edges on tracks like the searing midtempo ballad "Blue Mountain Bolero," which also features Charlie Bisharat's gleefully dancing violin. The goal (easily achieved) seems to be a literal travelogue, as Rollins fully captures the stunning exotica and indigenous vibes of styles and locales captured by track titles like "Return to Rio" (a graceful, low-key samba rendered even more authentic by the presence of Airto Moreira and Flora Purim), "Havana Heat" (simmering with the guitar duality provided by project producer Shahin Shahida on electric and slide guitar), "Santa Lucia Waltz" (dance-romance, anyone?), and "Cape Town Sky." This extraordinary musical trip wraps with a dramatic set called "The Caravan Trilogy," which features a contemplative "Migration" followed by a meditational, easy-rolling side trip to "Shadowland" and trippy, rock-edged emergence "Into the Light." It seems almost superfluous to say, but this nonstop engaging festival on disc is overloaded with the glorious spirit its title refers to.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/19/2010
Label:
Infinita Records
UPC:
0894437002047
catalogNumber:
204
Rank:
21285

Tracks

  1. Rumba Del Sol  - Lawson Rollins
  2. Moonlight Samba  - Lawson Rollins
  3. Havana Heat  - Lawson Rollins
  4. Café La Martinique  - Lawson Rollins
  5. Return To Rio  - Lawson Rollins
  6. Blue Mountain Bolero  - Lawson Rollins
  7. Santa Lucia Waltz  - Lawson Rollins
  8. Espirito  - Lawson Rollins
  9. Cape Town Sky  - Lawson Rollins
  10. Footprints  - Lawson Rollins
  11. The Caravan Trilogy: Migration  - Lawson Rollins
  12. The Caravan Trilogy: Shadowland  - Lawson Rollins
  13. The Caravan Trilogy: Into the Light  - Lawson Rollins

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lawson Rollins   Primary Artist,Guitar
Randy Tico   Bass
Airto Moreira   Percussion,Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Dominic Camardella   Piano,Keyboards,Marimbas,Bandoneon,Wurlitzer
Jeff Elliot   Trumpet
Richard Hardy   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Flora Purim   Vocals
Shahin Shahida   Accordion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Kalimba,Mellotron,Slide Guitar,Classical Guitar,Vibes
Cameron Stone   Cello
Dave Bryant   Percussion,Drums
Kayhan Kalhor   Kamanche
Humayun Khan   Harmonium,Vocals,Tambura
Diana Booker   Vocals
Justin Claveria   Saxophone
Joseph Ehtesham-Zadeh   Slide Guitar

Technical Credits

Dominic Camardella   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Elliot   Horn Arrangements
Shahin Shahida   Producer,Orchestration,drum programming
Lawson Rollins   Composer,Producer
Hicham El Anmari   Horn Arrangements

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