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Rio de Colores


  • 1. Matambu
    2. Fuente Vieja (Old Fountain)
    3. Andina
    4. Ro de Colores (River of Colors)
    5. Bribri
    6. Interludio
    7. Capricho Nocturno
    8. Vela Al Viento (Sail to the Wind)
    9. Bandari
    10. Estrella Fugaz (Shooting Star)
    11. Arabesca
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1010

  • Credits
    ProducerJorge Strunz; Ardeshir Farah
    EngineerSergio Sanmiguel; Jorge Strunz

    Strunz & Farah: Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah (Spanish guitar).
    Additional personnel includes: Pedro Eustache (flute); Alberto Salas (keyboards); Rene Camacho (bass); Jimmy Branly (drums); Ramon Yslas (cajon); Joey De Leon (percussion).
    Includes liner notes by Jorge Strunz.
    Personnel: Ardeshir Farah (steel guitar, Spanish guitar); Jorge Strunz (Spanish guitar, charango, guitar synthesizer, ron roco); Danny Papakalos (bouzouki); Michelle Whitsone Stone (harp); Charlie Bisharat (violin); Pedro Eustache (flute); Omid Torbatian (ney); Chris Bleth (woodwinds); Alberto Salas (keyboards); Jimmy Branley (drums); Ramon Yslas (cymbals); Jose "Joey" de Leon (maracas); Majid Ghorbani (tambourine).
    Audio Mixers: Sergio Sanmiguel; Jorge Strunz.
    Liner Note Authors: Jorge Strunz; Ardeshir Farah.
    Recording information: The Queen's Stables.
    Photographer: Naoju Nakamura.
    Strunz & Farah haven't been much of a critics' favorite, although they have many admirers among great musicians, including the legendary Paco de Lucia. Listening to the guitar duo, it's easy to understand both sides. Both players have incredible technique, with bursts of passion. But at the same time, their new flamenco seems like a watered-down version of "real" flamenco. However, if you take Rio de Colores at face value, as an album of instrumentals colored by the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and even Latin America, it's an outstanding piece of work, although more reflective than some of their other albums -- however, the opener, "Matambu," offers plenty of emotion. The title cut flows gently through several moods, and both "Bandari" and "Arabesca" show the links between flamenco and North Africa in the rhythms and melodies. There's no faulting the playing throughout, and the charango offers some lovely Latin touches. So it may not be to everyone's taste, but the fans will love it, and it's one of their best sets to date. ~ Chris Nickson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (4/04, p.50) - "11 tracks of world jazz fusion, with a strong flavor of flamenco and vigorous adventures beyond that form."
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