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Innamorarae: Summer Flamenco

Ottmar Liebert 5/18/1999
After recent excursions into classical and dance music, Liebert returns to the simple, toe-tappin' joys of his early-'90s works on Innamorarae: Summer Flamenco, but with a few exciting first-time twists: a vibrant horn section and a full drum kit played by Carl "Cozmo" Coletti. With their loping, gently swaying melodies punctuated by aggressive, percussive hooks, plucky tunes like "Verano de Alegria," "Spanish Steps," and "2 the Night" are spirited, Caribbean-flavored reminders of his first radio hit, "Barcelona Nights," only with bursting brass harmony lines, extra drum kick (including drum and percussion duets), and subtle blues organ underpinnings. Liebert has always balanced his exuberance with touches of melancholy, but here the reflective moments give way to the summer sun; on tunes like the tribute "Ballad 4 Santana," Liebert weaves gently around Jon Gagan's sly, mournful bassline before the horns spark a festive fire, which in turn spurs the guitarist's upbeat spirit. With its brisk, 6/8 rhythm scheme and colorful improvisations off a folksy melody, "Alameda" is a mariachi-styled piece that blends brooding darkness with seductive glints of light. As producer, Liebert takes more chances with enhancing moods through unique instrumentation. Indian tablas and Mike Middleton's muted trumpet spruce up the hypnotic atmosphere on "Desert Elysian," while Eric Schermerhorn's twangy slide guitar adds a dash of cowboy spunk to "Borboletta." ~ Jonathan Widran
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Verano de Alegri [Summer of Joy] PT3M56S
  3. 2 Night Flower [Red Moon Over Santa Fe] PT4M21S
  4. 3 Ballad 4 Santana PT5M2S
  5. 4 Alameda PT4M5S
  6. 5 Bella [Saturday Morning in Forte Dei Marmi] PT4M8S
  7. 6 Spanish Steps [Rome in May] PT4M48S
  8. 7 2 the Night [XL Version] PT4M39S
  9. 8 Borboletta (Wings of Moonlight) PT4M6S
  10. 9 Aquarhythms [Following the Clouds] PT5M2S
  11. 10 Summer Love Song [Earth Feels Like Heaven] PT4M44S
  12. 11 Funky Poet [June Bug] PT4M40S
  13. 12 Ode 2 Love PT3M44S
  14. 13 Desert Elysium PT4M26S
  15. 14 Farewell 2 Summer PT3M45S

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