What flamenco is NOT
Guido's CD 'Baja Café' is smooth and relaxing and really laid
back. It's nice. I personally prefer the more inventive,
up-beat tracks on 'Azucar'. I also like his tasteful use of
castanets. He is obviously an accomplished player with some
flamenco guitar background. You see, I am a nice guy. Here is a
promotional review of his album Azucar. "Azucar" is Spanish for "sugar".... ummmmm!
Stirring music with Flamenco, Brazilian, and Central American
influences. Opens up the sexual chakra!" With
all due respect to Mr. Luciani, this is typical of the syrupy
descriptions found on the back covers of so-called New Age
"flamenco" genre CD's. So where can you find 'Baja Café' and
'Azucar' in a music store? In the New Age section? The Latin
section? Easy Listening perhaps? Well, that's where they should
be if the store owner takes the trouble to actually listen to
them. Maybe there should be orientation courses where music
store managers and the counter chicks are educated in music
genres, styles and influences. Not much hope of that though.
Here's a tip. Considering Guido's influences, his CD's are more
likely to be listed in catalogs under the flamenco section by
default, rather than considering Brazilian or Central American
categories. To separate these CD's, and all the other genre
territory poachers, I would like to see a category called
"influenced by flamenco".