Way Home

Way Home

by Juan Carlos Quintero


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Way Home

In terms of sheer technique, all of the aforementioned acoustic guitarists, Liebert included, pale in the shadow of Colombian-born Juan Carlos Quintero, who re-emerged after a five-year label limbo with a vibrant tour of his homeland, appropriately titled The Way Home. Whereas 1992's popular Through the Winds found him compromising his potent improvisational chops and strong composing skills in a setting where the electronics dominated, this time the many Latin grooves emerge more organically, from his love for Latin folkloric music and the effortless interaction with his longtime ensemble featuring pianist Joe Rotondi, bassist Eddie Resto, and a host of all-star percussionists. He doesn't need any classical references and orchestral swells to create drama. Quintero can do the radio-friendly pop-flamenco thing as well as anyone, loping along casually on the tropical-flavored cruise "El Pueblo," but unlike Liebert, he challenges himself and Rotondi to jet off course and toss off a couple of bebop licks. More in character with Quintero's potential, however, are more polyrhythmic hybrid excursions like "Hermanos," which fuses fast and rumbling flamenco runs with folksy, twangy, country & western sensibilities, and the irrepressible, bongo-happy quartet piece, "Little Indians," which perfectly blends straight-ahead and pop flamenco flavors. Quintero also has a blast venturing into odd-metered, avant-garde territory on the jumpy closer "Porque Si."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/1997
UPC: 0765906741128
catalogNumber: 67411

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Performance Credits

Juan Carlos Quintero   Primary Artist,Guitar
Angel Luis Figueroa   Bongos,Conga,Guiro
Guillermo Guzman   Guache
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Whistle (Instrument),Shaker,Shekere
Alec Milstein   Electric Bass
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas   Conga,Maracas,Timbales,Tamboura,Whistle (Instrument),Bells,Shaker,Guiro,Maracones
Ron Powell   Percussion,Bongos,Whistle (Instrument),Djembe,Cuica,Rainstick,Shaker,Udu
Eddie Resto   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Joan Rotondi   Piano
Walter Rodriguez   Conga,Drums,Shekere

Technical Credits

Angel Luis Figueroa   Percussion Arrangement
Dan Garcia   Engineer
Guillermo Guzman   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Munyungo Jackson   Percussion Arrangement
Ian William Keene   Engineer
Alec Milstein   Contributor
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas   Percussion Arrangement
Juan Carlos Quintero   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Williams   Engineer
Amy Bennick   Graphic Design,Art Direction

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