Star Studded Flamencópolis

Various Artists

Flamencópolis (Universal Music Latino, 2006)

This compilation contains fabulous collaborations between Flamenco artists and some of the biggest names in world music and jazz. Universal Music Spain went through numerous recordings and extracted the pieces where Flamenco stars collaborated with renowned musicians from other genres.

The list is like a dream team. Guitarist Tomatito jams with jazz legend George Benson, Raimundo Amador is joined by none other than B.B. King. The kings of Nuevo flamenco,  etama appear with several extraordinary duets with Caetano Veloso, Khaled, Rao Kyao and Michel Camilo.

The late Camarón de la Isla appears with The Royal Philharmonic orchestra, Spanish pop singer Ana Belén and Raimundo Amador. 

 

Listeners can check out early work by legendary guitarist Paco de Lucía, fusing Flamenco with salsa with Dolores and jamming with jazz masters John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola.

The celebrated collaborations of Tomatito with pianist Michel Camilo are represented with one piece.

Other artists that appear are Pata Negra and its offspring, Patita Negra, performing with Omara Portuondo and Mercedes Sosa.

If you like the new trends in Flamenco, and world music in general, you really need to pick a copy of this album. Highly recommended.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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