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JOHANNES LINSTEAD ADDS ELECTRIC GUITAR PLAYING AND SINGING TO HIS ARSENAL

Johannes Linstead is foremost an incredible guitarist. On acoustic or electric he plays a smooth, fluid, fiery and gorgeous Latin-style that audiences love. But Linstead also is an extremely-talented melodic composer, producer, band-leader and concert performer. he once again shows off his talents on his new album, AZUL. If you want soft-and-slow new age music (with faint female wordless vocalizations in the background), check out “Surrender To Me” or “Moon Child.” For a world-fusion band sound with Cuban-style trumpet, try “Cha Cha Chu,” “Starlight” and “Friday Night at Babaluu.” He adds some Native wood flute on “Dance of the Shaman.” There is some appropriate accordion on “Hechicera” on which Linstead sings in Spanish. He also sings on one other composition, “Be My Girl,” which features some lovely guitar-work too. But perhaps the easiest-to-overlook-piece on the album is the last one, an instrumental version of that same tune, “Be My Girl,” which is absolutely lovely and piquant. Imagine a vacation in the tropics or a fiesta in any Latin country. That spirit of festivity, gaiety, frolicking fun-loving freedom is all contained in this music. Sit back, close your eyes and listen. You will enjoy this one from start to finish.

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