There is really no reason to toy with the proven symbiosis between the gypsy violin of Willie Royal and the flamenco guitar of Wolfgang "Lobo" Fink, which has created one of the more intriguing and organic (not to mention popular) global-flavored sounds. Yet on Willie & Lobo's latest, Caliente, co-producers Braun and George Nauful try to stir things up with a few urban loops and dance grooves, which are hip to a point but stand as too stark a contrast to the duo's simple, swaying charms. On the awfully busy machinery of the "dance" cut "Noche De Tangier," which is an otherwise glorious track, they're downright distracting. Fortunately, these noble experiments are balanced by what has always worked best for these guys -- simple acoustic harmonies offset by both the sweetly melodic and wild percussive possibilities of the violin. The brooding eight minutes of "Moorish Reunion" show that W&L can be dramatic without all the effects, and are indeed, best served by gentle soundscaping or on outside instrument, such as Braun's always engaging trumpet wrapping around the previously released best cut, "Puerto Vallarta Squeeze."
Performance CreditsWillie & Lobo Primary Artist
Rick Braun Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Scott Breadman Percussion
Wolfgang Fink Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Flamenco Guitar
Dave Karasony Drums
Dave Marotta Fretless Bass Guitar
John Menzano Bass
George Nauful Guitar
Willie Royal Guitar,Violin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Marc Antoine Guitar
Karma Chopra Loops
Stan Sargeant Acoustic Bass
Technical CreditsRick Braun Producer,Engineer
Wolfgang Fink Composer
George Nauful Producer
Daniel Nevins Artwork
Richard Evans Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Caliente based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is my first time hearing Willie & Lobo, I read about them and decided to take the plunge. I cannot believe how much I like their music, the disc just keeps playing over & over in my car or in my portable player. It is upbeat at the right times and it makes me forget all the pressures of day to day life. I sometimes get into this zone listening to it, I highly recommend it.