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Faces
     

Faces

by Eric Henderson
 
The Segovian trained classical guitarist's wide ranging pastiche of tradition and popular modern styles adds an innovative boost to a genre that too often settles for lack of imagination with a good beat. It's no coincidence that the opening track, "Flamenco Surf," runs like a takeoff on Mason Williams' "Classical Gas"; like Williams,

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The Segovian trained classical guitarist's wide ranging pastiche of tradition and popular modern styles adds an innovative boost to a genre that too often settles for lack of imagination with a good beat. It's no coincidence that the opening track, "Flamenco Surf," runs like a takeoff on Mason Williams' "Classical Gas"; like Williams, Henderson on this tune inventively applies his brisk string style into a fast driving pop
ock context. But this is just the start of a happily unpredictable ride. He then swings into a straight ahead jazz mode with bassist Jimmy Johnson; grabs the spotlight over a pounding synth dance groove; and even adds punchy solos throughout a silky R&B vocal ballad with Thelma Houston, creating a call and response effect. He doesn't dwell on his flamenco propensities long, but his few lightning quick runs in this style - including the dramatically orchestrated "Cowboys in Spain" give the much heralded Jesse Cook a run for his money. The trappings may change, but Henderson keeps the flow smooth with the unifying thread of his straightforward plucking and strumming.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/1997
Label:
JMI RECORDS / JVC
UPC:
0009119700122
catalogNumber:
7001

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Performance Credits

Eric Henderson   Primary Artist,Guitar
Thelma Houston   Vocals,Track Performer
Roberto Amaral   Palmas
Tim Chandler   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Keith Kuchta   Piano
Steve LeGassick   Keyboards
Tom McMorran   Piano
David Raven   Drums
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Alan Deremo   Bass
John Schreiner   Keyboards
Bob Wilson   Drums
Kyle Champion   Strings,String Quartet
Gail Cruz-Farkas   Strings,String Quartet
Pavel Farcas   Strings,String Quartet
Jing Lou   Strings,String Quartet
Leo Song   Background Vocals
Jennifer Paige   Background Vocals
Ross Wright   Performing Ensemble
Thomas Zink   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Steve Barri   Producer,Executive Producer
Keith Kuchta   Engineer
Steve LeGassick   Arranger
Tony Peluso   Executive Producer
John Schreiner   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Eric Henderson   Arranger
Scott Osborne   Engineer
Leo Song   Engineer
Michael Price   Arranger

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