by Willie & Lobo


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/1997
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679276421
catalogNumber: 92764

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie & 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 Credits

Rick Braun   Producer,Engineer
Wolfgang Fink   Composer
George Nauful   Producer
Daniel Nevins   Artwork
Richard Evans   Art Direction

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Caliente 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.