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This Is Flamenco Jazz

by Acoustic Journey

An explosive mixture of Flamenco and Jazz that takes virtuoso guitar playing to an entirely new level.
Genre: World: Flamenco
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue in Green
3:52 $0.99
2. Round Midnight
5:48 $0.99
3. Ana Maria
3:55 $0.99
4. Dolphin Dance
6:32 $0.99
5. So What
2:31 $0.99
6. Stolen Dreams
4:55 $0.99
7. Never Gonna See You Again
4:47 $0.99
8. Nica's Dream
6:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Drawn together by their mutual appreciation for their different styles of playing, DIRK K being a Contemporary Jazz and Fusion player who has recorded and performed with Jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Rick Braun, Paul Taylor, Toots Thielemans and DAN SISTOS being a Flamenco guitarist who has worked with Pop Sensations Christina Aguilera and Toni Braxton decided on a collaboration. The result is their Debut CD: Acoustic Journey "This Is Flamenco Jazz."

Both guitarist bring out the best of each individual style. It is a new symbioses they call FLAMENCO JAZZ.

Flamenco Jazz uses authentic Flamenco rhythm patterns such as the Rumba and the Buleria and combine these with swing elements and walking bass playing. The CD features Monk's Round Midnight, Miles Davis So What and Blue in Green, Nica's Dream by Horace Silver, Dolphin Dance by Herbie Hankock as well as two original compositions by DIRK K, Stolen Dreams and Never gonna see you again.

Acoustic Journey's unique approach towards these Jazz Standards has never been done before. With guests, bassist John Leftwich and J.K. and percussionist Pete Korpela, "This Is Flamenco Jazz" is truly a modern masterpiece.

Song Descriptions:

Blue In Green - Traditionally a ballad by Miles Davis, we transformed it into an up tempo flamenco rumba with killer solos and a driving rhythm section.

Round Midnight -€“ This is a Thelonious Monk classic. A beautiful melody sings over a dark harmonic foundation full of dynamics.

Ana Maria - Using the flamenco rhythm “Buleria” we transform a Wayne Shorter tune into a modern blend of jazz, fusion, and flamenco.

Dolphin Dance - A favorite for guitar purists. Two guitars speak to each other in this Herbie Hancock masterpiece.

So What -€“ Another classic by Miles Davis. Many people have recorded this song but not like this. A flamenco rumba rhythm is placed over a walking bebop bass line for a song that truly embodies the spirit of Flamenco Jazz.

Stolen Dreams -€“ This ballad was written by Acoustic Journey guitarist Dirk K. A dark melody is characteristic of the title. This song is beautiful yet mysterious.

Never Gonna See You Again -€“ Another great piece by Dirk K. This one blends hip-hop, classical and jazz fusion in an eerie artistic masterpiece full of surprises.

Nica's Dream -€“ A classic Horace Silver song comes to life in this guitar duo setting. You've never heard it sound like this before. Horace called us personally to express his delight!



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Music Connection Magazine

Tasteful, imaginative duo dazzle listeners
New Age or jazz labels looking to pick up a high-
quality, good-to-go project will be interested in
this pristine CD from pro sidemen Dirk K (jazz) and
Dan Sistos (flamenco), guitarists who meld their
talents for this "flamenco jazz" album. This tasteful,
imaginitive duo cover material from classic jazz artists
(Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock), and dazzle
with their interpretations and the sheer dexterity
of their playing. This is the kind of high concept project
that could connect with NAC radio ears.

Richard Foss - Easy Reader Magazine

Acoustic Journey crosses all boundaries between flamenco and jazz
Combining flamenco music and jazz isn’t an entirely new idea – guitarists like John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Paco De Lucia have done it before. Most of their efforts had the distinct sound of an artist out of their element – you could tell it was a jazz artist trying to play flamenco or vice-versa. The music was good, even excellent, but there really wasn’t a merger of ideas. The fusion is complete on This Is Flamenco Jazz, emphasizing not only the lightning fretboard runs and technical proficiency common to both styles, but the meditative quality that can make a great jazz or flamenco album a transcendent experience. Though six of the eight cuts are standards by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Miles Davis, the two original cuts by guitarist Dirk K are every bit as impressive. Dirk comes from a straightforward jazz background, and this all-acoustic album is quite a change from his previous efforts. He and his partner Dan Sistos make some extraordinary music on this disc, genre-crossing music that is beautiful both in the moments of flash and fire and at it’s most quiet and contemplative.

Music Connection

Acoustic Journey #1 band of 2002!
Acoustic Journey "This is Flamenco Jazz" was just rated the number one CD of 2002 by Music Connection Magazine. Congratulations guys!

S Thousand

One of my favorites!!
So good I had to buy a copy for my brother!