Ottmar Liebert started a musical revolution with his Nouveau Flamenco in 1990, and Guitar Greats samples some of the best of the new generation of guitarists who have followed his path. These artists have taken flamenco from the caves and cafes of Spain and made acquaintance with Latin styles and electronica. Often missing from this new flamenco is the hot, dry, sexy edge, the anger that almost rips the strings from the guitar. Missing also are the duende vocals (which seem most often to protest the loss of love), the palmas clapping, and the indignant heels of dancers. The nouveau style keeps the fiery solo guitar technique and the strumming guitars on the side, but adds Latin percussion, bass, and other modern instruments. Armik Dashchi's "Isla Del Sol" and Behzad Aghabeigi's "Gypsy Renaissance" bring the solo guitar line out front for dazzling displays of technique. Jesse Cook's "Parasol" is romantically languid, like a gentle warm rain, while NovaMenco's "Mediterranean Breeze" drives powerfully with the wind. Govi's "Treasure Bay" glows with a radiant innocence, while Luis Villegas's "Spider Hugs" grabs tight, trumpet-accentuated samba rhythms. Also included are the Latin-tinged "Jardin" by Strunz & Farah, the natural flamenco sound and palmas of Oscar Lopez's "The Flavor," the Lawson Rollins and Dan Young "Scorpion" (capturing the flavor of a live performance), and Sergio Lara's "El Castillo," with tangy harmonies for two guitars. And what nouveau flamenco compilation could be complete without Ottmar Liebert? His signature tune, the trendsetting "Barcelona Nights," is included.