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Little Wing

Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra XL 5/22/2001
Since his last album of new material, 1999's Innamorare, Ottmar Liebert has been represented in the record racks by two repackagings of his earlier material, one a reissue of his best-selling debut, Nouveau Flamenco, in which he had a hand, and the other a compilation of his early recordings for Higher Octave Records. Little Wing has the feel of another reissue, even though it is newly recorded. Having reconsidered his first work and, as he makes clear in the liner notes, begun to consider future projects (including solo guitar and synthesizer albums), he seems to have decided to make an album in the style of his popular initial recordings. This approach is clear in the album's original compositions, which again investigate flamenco from a relaxed, Southwestern perspective, and in the four cover songs, all of which present familiar tunes in the guitarist's familiar style. Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" has long been a favorite of rock guitarists (notably Derek and the Dominos-era Eric Clapton), who tend to use it as a change-of-pace ballad. Liebert's interpretation is livelier than most, bringing out the buoyancy as well as the beauty of the melody. His version of "The Girl From Ipanema" relaxes the song's usual bossa nova feel but remains appealing. Not surprisingly, his "Paint It Black" is not as urgent or threatening as the Rolling Stones' original, instead emphasizing the song's exotic flavor, complete with the use of a Turkish saz; Brian Jones would approve. Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" has proven surprisingly versatile over the years, even serving as the basis for a Puff Daddy rap, but Liebert's interpretation brings out aspects not touched on before. Little Wing is likely to appeal to the million-plus fans who bought Nouveau Flamenco, though those who have followed Liebert's stylistic explorations since may feel he's repeating himself. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Agua Fria (Cold Water) PT3M59S
  3. 2 Little Wing by Luna Negra PT4M45S
  4. 3 The Girl from Ipanema PT6M27S
  5. 4 Interlude, No. 1: Longing by Luna Negra PT1M5S
  6. 5 Like Water 4 the Desert (Rain Montuno) by Luna Negra PT4M14S
  7. 6 Paint It Black by Luna Negra PT5M2S
  8. 7 Untitled (La Noche) by Luna Negra PT4M28S
  9. 8 Interlude, No. 2: Driving by Luna Negra PT1M19S
  10. 9 Kashmir by Luna Negra PT7M21S
  11. 10 Angel: Omnia Bona Bonis (4 Kelly) by Luna Negra PT5M35S
  12. 11 The Pearl by Luna Negra PT4M59S
  13. 12 Interlude, No. 3: Leaving by Luna Negra PT1M1S
  14. 13 Daylight Melody by Luna Negra PT6M44S
  15. 14 Yarrow: Snaky Desert Guitar by Luna Negra PT4M50S
  16. 15 Spirit Cafe (4 My Mother) by Luna Negra PT4M55S

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