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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/1991
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218912327
  • Catalog Number: 9123

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quetzal (5:55)
  2. 2 Zona Liberada (5:18)
  3. 3 Reng (5:28)
  4. 4 Cassiopeia (4:19)
  5. 5 Rio Nuevo (4:40)
  6. 6 Abrazo (Embrace) (4:50)
  7. 7 Amritsar (4:51)
  8. 8 The Dervish (6:30)
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Album Credits

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
George Horn Mastering
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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