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Frontera
     

Frontera

by Strunz & Farah
 
Frontera is an intriguing effort by a duo whose music would unfortunately quickly turn into flaccid new age mush. Clearly influenced by the likes of Al DiMeola and the ECM stable, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah start from the mellowest side of post-fusion '70s jazz, add world music forms suggested by their varied upbringings (Strunz

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Frontera is an intriguing effort by a duo whose music would unfortunately quickly turn into flaccid new age mush. Clearly influenced by the likes of Al DiMeola and the ECM stable, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah start from the mellowest side of post-fusion '70s jazz, add world music forms suggested by their varied upbringings (Strunz was born in Costa Rica and raised around the world as the son of a diplomat; Farah was born in Iran and educated in England), and then incorporate a few hints of the sound that Windham Hill Records would soon turn into clichéd mush. Luckily, this time out those troubling hints of over-slickness are but a minor flaw, and the two guitarists enthusiastically and sensitively explore a variety of mostly Latin rhythmic and melodic styles. The highlight, however, is the Persian-flavored flamenco "The Dervish," an intriguing blend of European and Middle Eastern forms with a much stronger rhythmic base than most new age music ever manages. Frontera won't change the mind of anyone predisposed to dislike modern instrumental music, but it's not at all bad.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/1991
Label:
Milestone
UPC:
0025218912327
catalogNumber:
9123

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Performance Credits

Strunz & Farah   Primary Artist
Steve Kujala   Flute
Randy Tico   Bass,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Manoochehr Sadeghi   Santur
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums
Eduardo del Barrio   Synthesizer
Stanley Clarke   Acoustic Bass
Luis Conte   Percussion,Ocarina,Timbales,Whistle (Instrument),Caxixi,Cabasa,Wood Block
Miguel Cruz   Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Walfredo Reyes   Percussion,Chimes,Gong,Bells
Ardeshir Farah   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jorge Strunz   Steel Guitar,Classical Guitar,Flamenco Guitar
Steve Tavaglione   Flute
Ron Wagner   Marimbas
Omaya Alghanim   Flamenco Guitar
Majid Ghorbani   Darbouka,Doubek
Aris Quiroga   Classical Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Kujala   Contributor
Randy Tico   Contributor
Manoochehr Sadeghi   Contributor
Alex Acuña   Contributor
Eduardo del Barrio   Contributor
Stanley Clarke   Contributor
Luis Conte   Contributor
Miguel Cruz   Contributor
Ardeshir Farah   Producer
Michael Herbick   Engineer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
Carl Lange   Engineer
Kathlyn Powell   Artwork
Jorge Strunz   Producer,Liner Notes
Steve Tavaglione   Contributor
Phil Carroll   Art Direction
Omaya Alghanim   Producer

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