Tales Of A Gypsy

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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: 020286212096
  • Catalog Number: 2326
  • Sales rank: 66,066

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jungle Love (3:59)
  2. 2 Noche de la Juerga (3:36)
  3. 3 Swaying Palms (3:43)
  4. 4 September Remembered (3:34)
  5. 5 La Lunada (4:00)
  6. 6 Vagabond Stomp (4:28)
  7. 7 Bella! Bella! (3:14)
  8. 8 Sosua Bay Sunset (4:01)
  9. 9 Tales of a Gypsy (6:42)
  10. 10 Flows Like Water (7:09)
  11. 11 Caravan of Desire (4:12)
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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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