Savor Flamenco

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It has been seven long years since France's groundbreaking Gipsy Kings have issued a recording of new material. Savor Flamenco, the group's debut for Knitting Factory, still features the band's original lineup of two groups of brothers -- the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, and Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, and Diego) -- with guest players filling out the cast. The set was produced by Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes. Musically, Savor Flamenco looks simultaneously backward and forward. The single "Samba Samba" commences with a breezy bossa nova before spiraling out, wedding both fiery flamenco and driving Brazilian samba. The tune dates to the years before ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It has been seven long years since France's groundbreaking Gipsy Kings have issued a recording of new material. Savor Flamenco, the group's debut for Knitting Factory, still features the band's original lineup of two groups of brothers -- the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, and Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, and Diego) -- with guest players filling out the cast. The set was produced by Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes. Musically, Savor Flamenco looks simultaneously backward and forward. The single "Samba Samba" commences with a breezy bossa nova before spiraling out, wedding both fiery flamenco and driving Brazilian samba. The tune dates to the years before the band ever recorded. While this arrangement has been updated to reflect the group's garnered knowledge of Brazilian folk and pop forms, it's still raw and immediate. Bossa and samba also inform the striking instrumental "Tiempo del Sol," as jazzy flamenco is complemented by organic percussion and Stephane Chausse's brilliant flute improvisation, and the burning opener "Caramelo," which is driven by forro and carnival rhythms. "Me Voy" is modern flamenco, embellished by an acoustic piano and Bernard Paganotti's upright bass playing. For those who love the Kings' traditional meld of pop-nuevo flamenco, tracks such as "Como L'Agua" and "Corazon" should satisfy -- though the latter is influenced by Brazilian MPB as well. Not everything works quite so well, however, as the instrumental "Fairies Melody" and the ballad "Sueño" both feel too polished and slight in comparison to everything else here. Thankfully, a slicker approach isn't always a bad thing. Closer "Habla Contiguo" weds Latin son, flamenco, and acoustic pop for a successful finish -- it also features one of Tonino Baliardo's finest guitar solos on the album. Other than two (slight) missteps, Savor Flamenco marks a welcome return for the progenitors of nuevo flamenco.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Knitting Factory
  • UPC: 720841112822
  • Catalog Number: 11282
  • Sales rank: 4,845

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Caramelo (3:32)
  2. 2 Bye Bye (Ella Me Dice Vay) (3:33)
  3. 3 Como L'Agua (3:13)
  4. 4 Tiempo del Sol (3:38)
  5. 5 Me Voy (3:48)
  6. 6 Fairies Melody (3:51)
  7. 7 Samba Samba (3:11)
  8. 8 Corazon (3:29)
  9. 9 Savor Flamenco (Tango Flamenco) (3:40)
  10. 10 Sueño (3:40)
  11. 11 Habla Contingo (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gipsy Kings Primary Artist
Canut Reyes Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bernard Paganotti Bass, Keyboards, Upright Bass
Paul Reyes Guitar, Group Member
Francis Cabrel Vocals
Andre Reyes Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Nicolás Reyes Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Paco Baliardo Guitar, Group Member
Patchai Reyes Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Tonino Baliardo Guitar, Group Member
Rodolfo Pacheco Jimenez Percussion
Diego Baliardo Guitar, Group Member
Bertrand Lajudie Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Stéphane Chausse Flute, Soloist
Manu Borghi Piano
Technical Credits
Rene Ameline Engineer
Bernard Paganotti Programming
Nicolás Reyes Composer, Producer
Tonino Baliardo Composer, Producer
Bertrand Lajudie Programming, Sequencers
Sebastien Bramardi Vocal Engineer
Peter Himberger Executive Producer
Michel Crupel Executive Producer
Zach Jaeger Artwork, Layout
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