Tales Of A Gypsy

Tales Of A Gypsy

by Johannes Linstead
     
 

The goal of any musician who likens himself to a gypsy should be to transport listeners to many different geographic and emotional places -- and Johannes Linstead, whose exotic global fusion has unfortunately been lumped into the new age category for years -- once again delivers an exciting, inspiring, and sometimes even spontaneous ticket to the world. A multiple…  See more details below

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The goal of any musician who likens himself to a gypsy should be to transport listeners to many different geographic and emotional places -- and Johannes Linstead, whose exotic global fusion has unfortunately been lumped into the new age category for years -- once again delivers an exciting, inspiring, and sometimes even spontaneous ticket to the world. A multiple award winner at several prominent musical events in his native Canada, he draws on his European heritage and a lifetime of travel to bring authenticity to his blend of explosive and sweetly intimate melodies and a wide variety of moods and rhythms. Linstead, who lives part of the year near Toronto and other months in the Dominican Republic, seduces immediately with a cheerful bird soundscape on the intro to "Jungle Love," a lively romp punctuated by crisp, precise acoustic plucking and Nicholas Gunn's wistful pan pipes. Another prominent guest is violinist Vasyl Popadiouk, who adds a wild, dancing element to the exuberant "Noche de la Juerga," and engages in a folksy dialogue while adding harmonic mysticism to the the Django Reinhardt-esque "Bella Bella." Linstead complements his speedy fingerstyling (typified by the wild at heart "Caravan of Desire" with gentler expressions like the reflective "September Remembered." Somewhere in the middle is "Vagabond Stomp," whose sweetly flowing, midtempo guitar melody is backed by the wistful romance of Jordan Abraham's swaying accordion. The focus as always is on Linstead's lead and harmonic guitar lines, but his choice of exotic instruments is noteworthy: udu drum, doumbek, and an array of congas, bongos, and timbales. Overall, another triumphant trip around the world by a guy who never fails to stamp a fascinating passport.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2012
Label:
Earthscape Media
UPC:
0020286212096
catalogNumber:
2326
Rank:
205469

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johannes Linstead   Primary Artist,Percussion,Keyboards,Shaker,spanish guitar,Udu
Nicholas Gunn   Pan Pipes,Guest Appearance
Gisèle Fredette   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jordan Abraham   Accordion
Jalidan Ruiz Castro   Bongos,Conga
Anastasios Bigas   Bongos,Conga,Drums
Vasyl Popadiouk   Violin,Guest Appearance
Alex Godinez   Conga,Timbales
Geoff Hlibka   Acoustic Guitar,Oud
Sina Khosravi   Doumbek

Technical Credits

Nicholas Gunn   Engineer
Johannes Linstead   Arranger,Composer,Engineer
Jordan Abraham   Engineer
Maria Bell   Graphic Design

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