Magic Gipsy

Magic Gipsy

by Eric Fernandez


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Magic Gipsy

This zesty, rhythmically explosive disc brings Higher Octave Music's flamenco-kissed decade full circle. The label was just another little new age outlet in 1990 when Ottmar Liebert's Nouveau Flamenco became one of the first major instrumental sensations of the '90s. HO got on the map and was able to diversify into one of the best indie labels in the instrumental world. While Liebert had his critics who claimed he was just borrowing and watering down true flamenco music, Eric Fernandez offers the real, hardcore deal. The modern-day Gypsy masterfully intertwines numerous musical traditions of the Mediterranean, weaving intricate Spanish guitar melodies with Moroccan rhythms and -- talk about exotic -- the soaring voices of Sardinian shepherds. Those wordless vocals sweep over the seductive funk foundation and lighthearted guitar melody of "Adios Andalucia," then add a graceful sense of harmony to one of the more unusual cuts, the violin and accordion-strewn romance of "Shalom Israel." Much of Higher Octave's world music blends sounds from nether regions with the R&B grooves so often found in smooth jazz, and the best example of that here is the title track, which begins with Fernandez's acoustic dancing brightly over a thick shuffle before the tune breaks into rapid castanet claps and Spanish chanting. Aside from some other unique instrumentation -- including Arabian violin and cello -- Fernandez scores high marks for keeping his tunes short and to the point; each tune states its case, improvises and jams, and ends within less than four minutes. That leaves more room for new material and less repetition. One of Higher Octave's best of 1999.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1999
Label: Higher Octave
UPC: 0724384770525
catalogNumber: 47705

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Fernandez   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Djanka Diabate   Vocals
Senem Diyici   Vocals
Cathy Renoir   Vocals
Rabah Khalfa   Arabian Drum
Manuel Gomez   Hand Clapping,Dancer
Mohamed Mokhtari   Arabian Violin
Edmundo Carneiro   Percussion
Jean Coutarel   Fife
Veronique Riviere   Vocals
Célia Reggiani   Piano,Keyboards
Steve Fernandez   Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Leftfield   Art Direction
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Bill Merryfield   Art Direction
Eric Fernandez   Arranger
Célia Reggiani   Arranger
Akim Barika   Programming
Jacqueline Tarta   Producer

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