Catalan guitarist Jose Luis Monton made a vital contribution to Amina Alaoui’s Arco Iris. During the session, producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Monton solo project was essential for ECM. This stunning album recorded in Lugano last year is a major artistic statement. The program of Monton compositions draws upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco. One of the label’s finest solo guitar albums.
Catalan guitarist José Luis Montón (born in Barcelona in 1962) made a vital contribution to singer Amina Alaoui’s “Arco Iris” (ECM 2180) and during the session producer Manfred Eicher determined that a Montón solo project would be highly appropriate for ECM. Thus this extraordinary disc, recorded in Lugano last year. It’s a major artistic statement. With its programme of Montón compositions drawing upon the melodic subtleties, rhythmic vitality and emotional power of flamenco, making connections also to classical tradition, it can at once take its place alongside the label’s finest solo guitar albums.
This recording is an important contribution to the understanding of the history of the symphony in Spain and gives us the opportunity to experience this beautiful music. The Córdoba Orchestra has been planning to record these works for several years and the symphonies have been rigorously transcribed.
This collection of music for guitar, brought together by Jose Luis Bieito as the musical element of his music+image binomis, Reflections, possesses a delightful balance of sounds. These are flowing, pulsing, mostly gentle sounds that tend to soothe and calm the listener's mind. Sounds that - through a variety of compositional techniques - tend to be sustained in time; the effects of which can sometimes capture a listener’s attention, holding it inside an extended musical moment, like a spell. When heard while viewing the accompanying (provocative, sometimes disturbing) images, the sounds can serve an additional function: grounding the listener's reaction, enabling the passage of emotion; like electricity discharging through a lightening rod.
Jose Pardo is one of the most important blues artists out there. Born and raised in Argentina in 1981 , he quicky stablished himself as one of the music referents of his hometown. Living in Madrid for 6 years now, he`s been writing his own songs and writing his own history while leading several famous Blues groups and playing guitar for Chicago Blues legends all over the world. All those livings took Jose to a different level of writing and composing his own music. Yes, Blues and his virtuoso guitar playing is always there, but this time with his new cd Jose´s bound to set a new direction to his career. There is no doubt that in a short time people from all over the world will have enjoyed and sing Pardo´s songs for the first time.
José-Luis Martín. Catedrático de la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Autor de numerosos libros y artículos entre los que destacan Orígenes de la Orden Militar de Santiago, La Península en la Edad Media, Evolución económica de la Península Ibérica (Siglos VI-XIII), …