Imagine some warm enticing place with a Latin heritage -- the American Southwest, the Southeast-coastal United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, South or Central America, Spain-Portugal -- and then dream about an alcoholic drink in your hand flavored with fruit juices and a hot guitar band entertaining you. For the ultimate in pleasure, make the musical group Terra Guitarra. One listen and you can almost taste the tequila or rum.
This group has just released their fourth instrumental album of acoustic-guitar artistry, called Dragonfly, and it showcases their many skills -- rhythmic guitar and percussion, fast and catchy lead guitar soloing, catchy melodies, tight arrangements and an earthy Latin flavor. This is what these days they call nouveau-flamenco, nuevo-flamenco or simply the new-flamenco sound. Stolen from the Spanish gypsies who lived in caves and took their wagons on annual trips throughout Europe, the music migrated to the New World and eventually everywhere slowly becoming a universally-beloved artform.
Terra Guitarra is primarily an acoustic-guitar duo (with a few other instruments interspersed). The music is all original except for one piece, their unique arrangement of the John Barry background theme music of the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice.” All of the music has beautiful melodies and the sound of two acoustic guitars makes for a rich, full-bodied acoustic presentation. Their song titles show an international flavor -- “Janvier” (French), “Danu” (Irish), “Kairos” (Greek), “Kokopelli” (Native American) and “Anastasia” (Russian).
Terra Guitarra is a terrific group, and if you live modern-flamenco-Latin-guitar-music, you could hardly do any better than to check out their latest recording. You can get more information at their website (the group’s name plus dot com).