African Bulerias

JJ Band

Bulerias Africanas (2009)

Bulerias Africanas is the third album by virtuoso Madrid-based Spanish electric bassist Jose Juan Martinez and his band called JJ Band. As the title of the album implies, this recording brings together African and flamenco (bulerias is a Flamenco genre) traditions. Jose Juan Martinez grew up in Malaga (southern Spain), listening to fusion jazz, Flamenco and rock and he brings all these influences together in a fascinating mix.

Bulerias Africanas includes African and flamenco vocalists, who blend in perfectly with Martinez’s masterful bass. Jose Juan Martinez has worked with well known Spanish acts such as the legendary Flamenco rock band Triana, with whom he recorded their last album “Un jardin electrico”; world fusionists Radio Tarifa; and renowned Flamenco singers Niña Pastori and El Cigala. His previous albums are “La minoría desencantada” (1996) and Tangos de Lavapiés (2007).

Bulerias Africanas is an excellent introduction to one of the finest electric bass players in Europe, which should appeal to world music and fusion jazz fans alike.

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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 produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and 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. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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