Monday, September 28, 2009
Richard Ray FARREL And The Spanish Band - Camino De Sanlucar 2009
With Special Guest RAIMUNDO AMADOR
Label: Blue Beet
Welcome to Andalucia, Spain; the land of Picasso, Velazquez, Garcia Lorca, bull fighting, sunny beaches , majestic mountains, great food and wine, flamenco music, Roman, Moorish, Phoenician and Iberian culture, and yes…….progressive blues! This seems at first a bit odd but when you hear this recording you will realize that music truly is the international language. The musicians on this CD are some of the finest I’ve ever played with even though I have had the pleasure of playing with some of the best in the business, RL Burnside, Jimmy Carl Black, Louisiana Red, Jerry Portnoy, and Frank Frost, et al.
Pepe Bao is on bass. He is the most prolific bass player in Spain today and a bandleader in his own right. He plays jazz fusion, rock, flamenco and just about anything on the bass. I was totally surprised and flattered when he suggested that we make a CD together.
Alvaro Gandul, a child prodigy, is on keys. He has been with Raimundo Amador since he was a teenager. He is a great musician, deeply rooted in rock, flamenco and classical music. Alvaro is also a fantastic arranger and studio engineer.
Quique Porras is on drums. We had our first band together in 1976. Quique was already playing cha,cha,cha, rumba, boleros, paso doble and Spanish pachanga music in professional bands at thirteen. He loves rock and funk and he caught the blues disease when he met me.
I’m really honored to have Raimundo Amador on lead guitar on three tracks. Raimundo is a living legend in Spain. Raimundo is a full-blooded Gypsy from Seville. Raimundo learned the flamenco guitar from his father and uncle and started playing on the street at 12. He cut his first 45 for Columbia Records at 15 and recorded his first LP with two more Spanish music legends: Rafael Amador (Raimundo’s brother) and Kiko Veneno. The band and the LP were called Veneno, one of the first recordings mixing rock and flamenco. Raimundo later recorded with his highly successful band, Pata Negra, which he formed with his brother, Rafael. Raimundo went solo in the ‘90’s and had even more success. His biggest seller was a CD recorded live in Madrid called, Noche de Flamenco y Blues. BB King guests on this CD and can also be heard on Raimundo’s Gerundina CD. Raimundo also plays on the epic flamenco CD, La Leyenda del Tiempo by Spain’s greatest flamenco singer, Camaron de la Isla. Raimundo has shared the stage or recorded with international recording artists BB King, Paco de Lucia, Camaron de la Isla, El Cigala, Ketama, Santana, Dickey Betts, and countless others.
Crank up the volume and get down with this musical journey on the Camino de Sanlucar!
By Richard Ray Farrell.
01. Crazy Over You 2:28
02. Everybody's Gotta Change 4:39
03. As the Years Go Passin' 5:06
04. Down in Virginia 4:44
05. Never Make Your Move Too Soon 4:43
06. Camino De Sanlucar 3:29
07. Cryin' Won't Help You 5:32
08. Pretty Baby 3:22
09. Shuckin' 4:48
10. The Thrill Is Gone 6:59
11. Look Whatcha Done 3:40
12. Jump Back Baby 4:26