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What flamenco is NOT

Guido Luciani
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".
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