Throughout his storied career, iconic pianist/keyboardist Chick Corea has explored a wealth of music from across borders both geographical and stylistic. Time and again over the decades he’s returned to what he calls his “Spanish Heart” – the Spanish, Latin and flamenco traditions that have indelibly shaped his unmistakable sound. Now, with his new album Antidote, recorded with his brand-new Spanish Heart Band, Corea once again delves deeply into the Latin side of his musical heritage with a stunning collection of musicians from Spain, Cuba, Venezuela and the U.S.
Antidote is a completely forward-thinking album, yet its roots date to the 1960s, near the beginning of his career when he played in the bands of Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo. During this period, he encountered the great Latin bandleaders of the era including Machito, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, and Eddie Palmieri. In 1972, he penned the iconic composition "Spain," inspired by Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. In 1976, Corea issued his milestone My Spanish Heart, that married fusion to Latin music. In 1982, he delivered another landmark with the Latin-tinged offering Touchstone, which featured flamenco master Paco De Lucia, and in 1990, Corea played on his Zyryab.
Patricia Petibon's album Melancolía: Spanish Arias and Songs is a result of the soprano's lifelong fascination with the music and culture of Spain, with a special interest in the ways Spanish and French influences have cross-pollinated. She has put together an exceptionally attractive selection of songs and arias from zarzuelas, most of them likely to be unfamiliar to general audiences. Petibon is known for her light, silvery coloratura, and her gift for inhabiting her roles, both dramatic and comic, with great spirit and penetrating insight. This repertoire doesn't especially exploit her coloratura abilities, but it gives free range to her expressive talents, from the feral intensity of the traditional Yoruba chant Ogundé uareré and the unrestrained yawps of Giménez's aria "La tarantula é un bicho múmalo" to the suave lyricism of the familiar Aria from Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.
Spanish Fly's debut album was recorded in 1993 over six days at the Knitting Factory and edited down from twelve hours of taping. It is a mellow and even solemn recording demanding that the listener be attentive to the subtle group dynamics. Important to the sound of this album is the omission of percussion instruments as a rhythmic source (although drums sound occasionally splashing texture into the generally somber mood).
Nelly van Ree Bernard (as a stage name without a dash), born as Nellij Bernard (Teteringen, November 24, 1923 - Bennebroek, February 2, 2010), was an artist, musician and musicologist. At the beginning of her life, she designed furniture and was an interior designer; in the latter days she designed art with the computer. She became internationally known for her reconstruction of old musical instruments. She was a pioneer in scientific research into the clavichord.
With a capaciously-filled boxset of a dozen CDs made up of attractive individual programmes and entitled The Spanish Guitar, Glossa reintroduces the superb playing of José Miguel Moreno. And with recordings from 1991-2004 which still sound fresh and vivid today. A new essay and all the sung texts are included in the physical booklet that completes this limited-edition set.
Like the Renaissance itself, Music for the Spanish Kings begins with a strutting fanfare and ends with a melancholic sigh. Attaining his usual high standards, Jordi Savall has fashioned a poignant and varied musical portrait of the century encompassing the reigns of three Spanish kings: Alphonso I (1442-58), Ferdinand I (1458-94), and Charles V (1516-56). Montserrat Figueras' rich mezzo-soprano voice carries over half the pieces on the first disc. Her stunning vibrato imparts a troupadour's sadness to the cancions.
2008 live session recorded at KJ bassist Youth's studio in Granada, Spain . This was the first time that the original line-up (Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul Ferguson) had played together since 1982, in preparation for their 2008 world tour. Born during the Post-Punk movement of the late '70s, KJ's often erratic and convoluted career has done nothing to damage their reputation, which is reflected in the respect they now receive. 14 tracks including 'Requiem', 'Tension', 'Eighties', 'Love Like Blood' and more.