Miguel Espinoza Flamenco Fusion is a recording project which is not bound by traditional genre limitations and stylistic borders. Their most recent album, Turtle Dreams, is actually a perfect portrait of the group's colorful and versatile sound. Listeners can expect anything from deep Latin grooves to flamenco melodies and fusion aesthetics, bringing interesting sonic depth to the sound. Ultimately, each song has its own identity yet they all merge seamlessly within the context of this record, making for a perfectly balanced set-list.
This is a must for those into tango, fusion, and world music with a more personal and insightful twist. This LP is characterized by the utmost care for top-drawer production aesthetics and sterling arrangements, allowing each musician to stand out for their unique personality and what they can bring to the table in terms of identity and innovation. The album kicks off strongly with "The Wind"; the song begins with a sombre acoustic guitar and strings arrangement, which soon evolves into a complex texture of sounds, with stunning lead melodies and minimalist percussion. "Kushlamar" is a beautiful and hypnotic piece, with a broad melodic scope and a dream-like atmosphere. "Turtle Zhivago" features a mesmerizing Spanish guitar track, which highlights Espinoza's rhythmic and melodic mastery of the instrument. "Ultimos Momentos" is a beautiful piece of music which combines an experimental percussive texture with some scorching guitar playing. Last, but definitely not least, "Joy" is a one-of-a-kind musical piece, which unfolds over the span of 15 minutes, incorporating styles as diverse as Flamenco, jazz, and beyond. This beautiful piece exemplifies the group's chemistry, as well as their ability to combine many different styles.
Great music is almost like an interesting conversation, with each instrument contributing something insightful and special, that will make you dream, think, and fly. Turtle Dreams certainly captures that sensation with flying colors.
The Wind; Kushlamar; Turtle Zhivago; Ultimos Momentos; Joy.
Miguel Espinoza: guitar, Lynn Baker: saxophone; Dianne Betkowski: cello; Randy Hoepker: bass; Andy Skellenger: tabla and cajon.
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