Heat of the Sun

Heat of the Sun

by Strunz & Farah


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Heat of the Sun

Ottmar Liebert, Jesse Cook, Lara & Reyes -- all have their place in modern flamenco music. But something about these guys sets them apart. Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah are in top form, with their own label, Selva, and a disc that is an easygoing rival for their two Mesa classics and previous, pre-stardom releases. Ten seconds of the opening fireball, "Jardin," or the slow-building brushfire of "La Tinaja," and listeners are back in familiar territory, with the chemistry carrying complex improvisational refrains within a deceptively simple melodic structure. Then each will split off like a buzzing bumblebee eager to find its way back to the hive. Long John Oliva's percussion ensures that no toes will be still for long, but fortunately there are a few spots of slow-dance relief to avoid possible exotic heart attacks. The best of these is the brooding "Dark Fire," which features the violin wrappings of Charlie Bisharat (who should have been used more). This collection takes a few listens before each individual tune emerges from the plucky multiculturalism, but it's every bit as soul-piercing as their previous work.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/1995
Label: Selva Records
UPC: 0700977100122
catalogNumber: 1001
Rank: 113174

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strunz & Farah   Primary Artist
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Eliseo Borrero   Bass,Voices
Luis Conte   Percussion,Timbales
Cassio Duarte   Dumbek,Percussion
Ardeshir Farah   Acoustic Guitar
Jorge Strunz   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Voices
Paul Tchounga   Drums
John Oliva   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Voices,Cajon
Ibrahim Parreno   Keyboards,Voices

Technical Credits

Frédéric Chopin   Liner Notes
Ardeshir Farah   Producer
Kathlyn Powell   Director,Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction,Illustrations
Stephen Stewart   Engineer
Jorge Strunz   Producer
Coro Selva Bruja   Special Effects
Stephen Stewart-Short   Engineer

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