VAR­I­OUS Gipsy Rhumba Soul Jazz

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JIM CAR­ROLL

Mu­si­col­o­gists aren’t the only ones who will en­joy pulling at the threads that bind this par­tic­u­lar sound­clash. Cat­alo­nia’s gipsy rhumba emerged in the early 1960s, when fla­menco mu­si­cians added splashes of Caribbean, Cuban and rock’n’roll sounds to their tra­di­tional mix. Mess­ing with the tra­di­tional form is dar­ing at any time, but the re­sult was some­thing quite fan­tas­tic, po­tent and in­trigu­ing, full of mar­vel­lous grooves and com­pelling rhythms. Com­ing out of the Barcelona bar­rios and ’burbs, Gipsy Rhumba’s stylish lead­ers added lus­tre and light to those highly strummed fla­menco gui­tars. You can hear the start of some­thing ex­cit­ing and new on tracks such as Nue­stro Ayer from Rab­bit Rumba; the Franco er­ade­fy­ing Ché Camino from Maruja Garrido; and the fiery bravado of Chango’s El Guapo. souljazz records.co.uk

Down­load: Rab­bit Rumba Nue­stro Ayer; Chango, El Guapo

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