Monday, September 2, 2013

Terra Guitarra, Dragonfly

Nueva-flamenco in an instrumental, not-quite-jazz zone is the deal on Terra Guitarra's fourth album Dragonfly (Earthsign 0015). Bruce Hecksel and Julie Patchouli are the Spanish-guitar wielding protagonists and a tastefully tuneful lot they are. They get rhythm backing in their nicely turned set of originals and standards.

If the Ventures were reborn as nueva-flamencologists they might sound like this. Terra Guitarra have enough in the chops department that they please, without exploding into 32nd-note runs or setting their guitars on fire.

It's the kind of disk you can put on at any time and it feels welcome. It's not heavy and not supposed to be heavy, but it brings pleasure.

Pleasure in plenty.

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