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Diego Barber: One Minute Later

Read "One Minute Later" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Diego Barber's One Minute Later is something of a dance between certainty and dubiety, grounded in the guitarist-composer's convictions that the truth behind an improviser's feelings and musical fate relate directly to that which Federico García Lorca described in Poeta en Nueva York as a minute of contrition that comes with--or follows-- complete liberation. It's a concept that cuts to the core of Barber's being and the emotional state connected to many if not most of those who operate without ...

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Diego Barber: The Choice

Read "The Choice" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The precociously talented Diego Barber is known for the grandeur and majesty of his playing. The fabulous report of the guitarist's tone, his impressive dynamics and exquisiteness of expression are deeply rooted in extraordinary technique. Moreover, Barber is able to make extremely complex harmonic leaps, as well as twist the simplest of melodies into lines uniquely entwined with timbral beauty, ensconced in a dazzling palette of shades. His magnificent abilities were on display on Calima (Sunnyside, 2009), where he appeared ...

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Diego Barber: Calima

Read "Calima" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Very few contemporary musicians imbue Impressionism in the truly classical sense of the term. And of those who do qualify, fewer still play the guitar. Ralph Towner does come to mind and his is a living legacy and tribute to this enduring movement. Egberto Gismonti--especially with his masterpiece Musica de Sobrevivencia (ECM, 1993)--is probably the epitome of all that is memorable about Impressionism in music. Bruce Dunlap also hit the spot with About Home (Chesky Records, 1990), which used tonal ...

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Diego Barber: Calima

Read "Calima" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Calima conveys the idea of observing a breathtaking peninsula. Its impressions of expanse, tranquility and scenery are musically presented by Diego Barber, a gifted classically trained jazz guitarist who draws inspiration from both Bach and Miles Davis, but whose music contains visions that are uniquely his own. Barber's exquisite playing has the refinement of the classical master John Williams as well as hints of jazz icons Pat Metheny and Al Di Meola. Born on the Canary Islands, ...