Mira que te diga (Nuevos Medios NM 15915CD, 2010)
After many years as a reliable Flamenco bassist, Antonio Ramos ‘Maca’ has recorded his first album. Mira que te diga, which could be translated as “Let me tell you” was produced by Maca himself and is a showcase of his talent as a bass player in three different genres, Flamenco, funk jazz and smooth jazz.
All these years spent playing Flamenco have had a profound effect on Antonio Ramos’ style. He has mastered the technique of Flamenco bass and the best cuts on the album are the self-penned pieces with a deep flamenco flavor, where he is joined by a long list of reputable guitarists, vocalists and percussionists, including José Miguel Carmona, Jorge Pardo and Tomasito.
Ramos also stands out as a funk jazz bassist, clearly influenced by the great Marcus Miller. I’m not as interested in the smooth jazz material. Thankfully, there is little of it.
Antonio Ramos Urbano grew up in Granada (southern Spain), surrounded by the sounds of Flamenco and rock music. He formed his first rock band at 16. At 24 he moved to Madrid where he attended the Taller de Músicos school and participated in various workshops and seminars by renowned American musicians. In the Spanish capital he played with various rock, funk, flamenco, jazz, and Latin music bands, etc.
He’s worked with some of the top pop and Flamenco artists in Spain, Ketama, Rosario, Vicente Amigo, Luz Casal, Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Rios, Tomatito, Estopa, Enrique Morente, Antonio Flores, Niña Pastori, Lolita, Antonio Vega, Pastora Soler, José Mercé, Raimundo Amador, Melendi, Malú, Pasión Vega, and Niña Pastori. His current band is File Not Found which includes Spanish drummer Anye Bao and Madrid-based Italian guitarist Ludovico Vagnone.
Mira que te diga is an outstanding debut album by one of the top electric bassists in Spain, which blends bass wizardry with the passion and vitality of Flamenco.
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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.