Fandango Nights

Fandango Nights

by Willie & Lobo



The oft heard complaint that there's no originality in today's instrumental music gets a hearty challenge from violinist Willie Royal and acoustic guitarist Wolfgang Fink, collectively known to the world beat audience as Willie and Lobo. The duo base their hypnotic, Corona sipping, Puerto Vallarta bar based sound on various rhythmic elements, including ideas from traditional flamenco, and even classical improvisations. Their sophomore effort, Fandango Nights picks up where their debut left off, with Royal taking his strings to new romantic and percussive heights as Fink lays a Strunz & Farah like groove. The spiciest cuts offer rollicking swings and hints of rock and jazz (check out co-producer Rick Braun's trumpet on the title track). There's even a fascinating take on an Irish jig. But on the downside there seems to be too much jaunty experimentation ("Sweet Meanderings" is right) and attempts to be compositionally meaningful (read: dry balladry). With mostly sparse production, 14 cuts seems to be pushing it. Fuller and tighter might take this phenomenally unique pair to even greater heights.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/1994
Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
UPC: 0081227907921
catalogNumber: 79079

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie & Lobo   Primary Artist
Steve Kujala   Soprano Saxophone
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Brad Dutz   Percussion,finger cymbals
Rick Braun   Bass,Trumpet,Keyboards
Rich Eames   Piano
Bob Feldman   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Wolfgang Fink   Guitar,Hand Clapping,Flamenco Guitar
Suzie Kattayama   Cello
George Nauful   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Willie Royal   Guitar,Violin,Hand Clapping
Efrain Toro   Percussion,Drums,Tabla
Suzie Katayama   Cello

Technical Credits

Rick Braun   Producer
Wolfgang Fink   Arranger
George Nauful   Producer,Executive Producer
Willie Royal   Arranger
Jim Snowden   Executive Producer
Michelle Laurencot   Art Direction
Daniel Nevins   Art Direction
Eddie King   Engineer

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