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Encantado

by Jim Stubblefield

Encantado, a sonic global journey, featuring virtuoso exotic guitar, world percussion, languid strings and gorgeous non-lyric vocals.
Genre: World: Flamenco
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1. Beyond the Horizon
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2. Puesta Del Sol (For Jdz)
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3. Across the Burning Sands
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4. Cielo Azul
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5. Highland Dreams (For Fiona)
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6. Odyssey of Fire
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7. Shadow & Light
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8. Corazón De Fuego
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9. Phrygian Suite, Op. 1
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10. Terra E Sole
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Guitarist and composer Jim Stubblefield ventures into a varied world of sonic adventure with Encantado. Fluid guitar solos, soaring non-lyric vocals, majestic strings and infectious percussion abound on this recording. From the expansive Beyond the Horizon (featuring the stellar voice of Moksha Sommer) to the blistering Odyssey of Fire to the meditative Terra e Sole, Jim takes the listener on a global journey. The album was co-produced and mixed by award winning Danish producer Bo Astrup and mastered by the great Bernie Becker. Jim is joined by Randy Tico (Strunz & Farah; Airto) on bass, Ramon Yslas (Strunz & Farah; David Sanborn;Christina Aguilera) on percussion, Moksha Sommer (of HuDost) on vocals, Novi Novog (David Arkenstone; Prince; Frank Zappa) on viola, Eric Hansen on guitar and Mark Barnwell on guitar.


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Barbara Tiemeier

FANTASTIC!
I have been listening to this new solo cd ENCANTADO by JIM STUBBLEFIELD of INCENDIO BAND on my computer, and today my CD will be delivered! We can't wait. We have all of Jim's CDs and Incendio's CDs and they are all wonderful, we have been their biggest fans for many years. It's hard to believe they keep getting better, they were already so great! I can't wait to get this new CD in the mail today, it has so many different sounds and styles in it! We love to pop a Jim Stubblefield CD into the player in the car and hit the road. Great music to have on at home, or in the car. It really draws you in. You can get totally lost in the music and beat! Love it!
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Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

Vibrant, outstanding guitar, an absolute must buy album!
The latest release by Jim Stubblefield really shows what a great musician he is, the starting piece is a superb example of this mastery and not only in the Latin style either; there is a distinct eastern feel to this song Beyond the Horizon. It’s always good to make your intent with the opening track and Stubblefield does it with great panache.
Puesta Del Sol (For JDZ) is right back in Incendio country and is simply thrilling, a rhythmic beat moves our hips and also very timely for us as were currently watching the December sunset from our studio window.
Across the Burning Sands, the skill of Stubblefield creates a stunning backdrop to this amazing musical vista.
Cielo Azelu is next with a whole new energy flowing through the music, Stubblefield’s guitar manifests a really sensual arrangement indeed. The melody here is quite clever and contains a mixture of a sultry moodiness with great skill.
On Highland Dreams (For Fiona) the strings do a slow dance with Stubblefield’s guitar in this almost Celtic like procession of a composition, there was so much going on in this piece that I am going to treat myself to multiple listens, as I would advise you do the same also. There is also a superb electric guitar break towards the last quarter of the track that adds a great depth and purpose to the arrangement.
Odyssey of Fire is my favourite track, for me this says everything about Jim Stubblefield, red hot guitars, both acoustic and electric, a really fast paced eastern rhythm with some amazing percussion. Vocals, power, the magic of the danceable beat and this is simply beyond awesome, and it’s Stubblefield at his ultra-best.
Shadow and Light has that expected Latin feel we have all come to know so well from Stubblefield, but over the years the master musician has created such a flowing performance and inspiringly perfect style that you cannot fail to be impressed.
We now move to the piece called Corazon De Fuego, which I believe translated means heart of fire; this has a really moving and danceable energy about it, but also a depth of deep passion that burns deep within the music, pay careful attention to the sublime bass that starts the track off.
Phrygian Suite. Op 1 is the longest piece off the album and is a real masterful arrangement that will take you on a musical journey you may never wish to come back from. Stubblefield also employs the services of another friend Mark Barnwell, on this incredibly stunning suite. It’s just one more deeply sultry and moody composition that contains some stunning musical artistry within, with some appropriate vocalisations Jim Stubblefield has created a very classy opus of grandeur that deserves a rousing standing ovation, come the end of the piece.
The final track we are gifted is a stunning track to go home with, it’s called Terra E Sole, this is simply brilliant, what a wonderful way to depart the album. A composition that is both sensitive and charming and has a little expression of reflection built into the weave of the composition too.
Jim Stubblefield is not only an outstanding guitarist, he is a superb composer and over all a musician of great quality, as such, Encantado is an absolute must purchase, your musical library will breathe a sigh of relief at this wonderfully vibrant, but soulful collection of extremely well performed and produced arrangements.
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Helena Dee

GUITARIST JIM STUBBLEFIELD CREATES MULTI-DIMENSIONAL WORLD-FUSION EXTRAVAGANZA
Jim Stubblefield is known as one of the finest Latin-style acoustic guitarists around, especially when he is touring with or recording with the band Incendio, which he co-founded. But besides his eight albums with that group, he also has six excellent solo recordings, the newest being Encantado, named after the legendary Amazonian boto encantado pink dolphins (they are real, but the myths surrounding them are incredible). When Stubblefield does a solo project, it gives him a chance to stretch out even further than the high-flying Incendio do. This new album is a perfect example because, even though there is Latin-style nylon-string guitar throughout, Stubblefield also plays some acoustic steel-string and, even more impressive, soars on electric in a few places.

In addition to his stellar guitar-playing and melodic song-writing, Stubblefield is an excellent arranger and producer, and is smart enough to surround himself with top-flight musicians. These include violist Novi Novog (who has hundreds of amazing credits, but will always be known for turning The Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” hit into solid gold), bassist Randy Tico (one of the best Latin-style bassists in music, just ask Strunz & Farah), and percussionist/drummer Ramon Yslas (a much in demand session mainstay in world, jazz and pop music). On a couple of pieces the singer Moksha Sommer (from the group HuDost) adds some tasteful wordless vocalizations.

Since fans have swarmed to Stubblefield because of Latin-stylizations over the years, he gives listeners plenty of that (“Puesta del Sol” is right in the pocket). But he also pushes out that envelope to include hints and flavors of Arabic (“Beyond the Horizon”), Celtic (“Highland Dreams”), Middle Eastern (“Odyssey of Fire”), progressive-rock (the nine-minute “Phrygian Suite, Op. 1”), and neo-classical (“Terra e Sole”).

Perhaps this recording signals the dawn of a new era of Latin-style guitar where it co-mingles with a variety of other instruments and styles, but always retaining its warmth, passion and wonderful rhythmic-melodic yin-yang bonding. And Jim Stubblefield proves here he is just the musician to make this happen as he spreads quality entertainment each step of the way.
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