12

Juanito Pascual: New Flamenco Trio

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Juanito Pascual: New Flamenco Trio While the trio may be the most overused grouping in jazz, it's not nearly as common in flamenco music. But that's not a problem for guitarist Juanito Pascual, a man skilled at tweaking established formulas.

This Minnesota-born flamenco phenom is well-versed in the traditions, techniques and history of flamenco music, but he isn't weighted down by all of them. This was clear from the beginning, when Pascual released a debut—Cosas En Comun (Self Produced, 2003)—which focused on original flamenco compositions. He broadened his outlook with Language Of The Heart (Self Produed, 2009), a flamenco-world-jazz hybrid which featured a large cast that included heavy-hitters like bassist John Patitucci and percussionist Jamey Haddad. Now, for his third release, he's scaling it back a bit, finding his way with bassist Brad Barrett and percussionist Tupac Mantilla by his side.

All of the music on New Flamenco Trio resides in a similar sonic space, but Pascual spins each song in a slightly different way. "Prelude 1," a rubato beauty with Andalusian allusions aplenty, sets the scene. "Costa Brava" coasts along, "Manana" manifests as a confluence of jazz and flamenco ideals, and the lone cover on the album—"My Guitar Gently Weeps"—is born anew, resurfaced to fit in alongside Pascual's originals. By the time the album reaches its midpoint—the understated, yet scintillating "Mamoni"—Pascual's modus operandi has been clearly established; it's one that mixes grace and virtuosity in equal parts.

The second half of the album contains a bulería that the guitarist dedicated to his wife ("Buleria Para Kiko"), a funky-and-worldly concoction that blends Spanish sounds with Indian and Baltic spices ("Chicago Times (Funkmenco)"), a brief-and-hazy prelude that leads up to that serving of global stew, and a gentle send-off ("Tiferet (Tema Por Tangos)).

With New Flamenco Trio, Pascual manages to uphold and extend the traditions of flamenco music, creating something distinctive in the process.

Track Listing: Prelude 1 (Tarantas); Costa Brava; Manana; While My GUitar Gently Weeps; Mamoni (Rumba); Buleria Para Kiko; Prelude 2 - The Fog Rolls In; Chicago Times (Funkmenco); Tiferet (Tema Por Tangos).

Personnel: Juanito Pascual: guitars, palmas; Tupac Mantilla: hand percussion, body percussion, vocal percussion; Brad Barrett: acoustic bass.

Year Released: 2014 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

More Articles

Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read One Minute Later CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800° CD/LP/Track Review JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Ephimeral CD/LP/Track Review Ephimeral
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Fly or Die CD/LP/Track Review Fly or Die
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Viriditas" CD/LP/Track Review Viriditas
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 14, 2017
Read "Lowdown Hoedown" CD/LP/Track Review Lowdown Hoedown
by Paul Rauch
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Argonautica" CD/LP/Track Review Argonautica
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 8, 2016
Read "From Two Balconies" CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Escape  from The Unhappy Society" CD/LP/Track Review Escape from The Unhappy Society
by Anthony Shaw
Published: February 1, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!