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Rhythm of the Heart

by Jim Stubblefield Group

A spicy fusion of Spanish guitars and Latin rhythms.
Genre: World: Flamenco
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rhythm of the Heart
4:22 album only
2. Sombra
6:09 album only
3. Summer in Santa Fe
5:26 album only
4. Agua Azul
4:11 album only
5. Hermosa
6:57 album only
6. Temple of the Sun
5:32 album only
7. Concious
5:32 album only
8. Ojos de las Estrellas (for Stella)
5:36 album only


Album Notes
RHYTHM OF THE HEART was recorded by the JIM STUBBLEFIELD GROUP in 1998 and features Michael Peters (flamenco guitar), Steve Hong (bass), and Jeff Packman (drums). The CD was a semi-finalist in the New Age Voice Magazine (NAV) "Acoustic Instrumental Album of the Year" category for 1999.

Jim's music also appears on Neurodisc's PURE FLAMENCO: NUEVO FLAMENCO PASSION compilation along with such artists as Ottmar Liebert, Govi, and Eric Hansen.

Jim is a founding member of the Latin guitar oriented world music group INCENDIO. Their recordings, MISTERIOSO (2000), ILLUMINATION (2001), and INTIMO (2003), have gone on to sell tens of thousands nationally and have charted in Billboard, NAV and CMJ.


"The Jim Stubblefield Group's album, Rhythm of the Heart, is an imminently listenable nuevo flamenco/adult contemporary instrumental recording that goes down very smoothly. The music is accessible, likable, and infectious. Jim plays a mean acoustic guitar and the other group members (second guitar, drums/percussion, and bass) play with authority and conviction. This group is tight - very tight. Something tells me these guys play together a lot. There is real camaraderie at work here and it's a lot of fun to listen to.
Michael Peters is the other guitar player and his guitar is miked into the right channel, while Jim's is in the left channel. This produces some startling imaging fireworks on a good stereo system. The CD itself is engineered flawlessly. I won't tell you that the quasi-flamenco music on Rhythm of the Heart is exceptionally original, but it is a nice blend of traditional Spanish textures with a more contemporary approach to melody. It's hard to pin down what I mean but it's there nonetheless.

Starting off with the mid-tempo romantic title cut, the Spanish elements are present in full-force. There is a lilting flamenco beat and fiery spirit to the music. "Sombra" is more sultry, as it's rhythm is slower and the music has an element of heat to it. "Agua Azul" (Blue Water, if my Spanish is still worth its salt) is light-hearted and sunny-sparkly. The two guitars circle each other in a lively dance, while the rhythm section keeps up a nice fast tempo undercurrent. "Temple of the Sun," while certainly having its flamenco elements, also has a solid AC feel to it as well. The rhythm is at a relaxed gallop pace, so to speak, and the mood is mysterious. It's one of the best songs on this solid album. "Conscious" is the one oddity on the CD, since it's best described as "flamenco-funky" with an overemphasized bottom and a sexy slower beat. There is even an element of the blues to this number - and that, of course, sits just fine with me!

Obviously, Rhythm of the Heart will appeal most to fans of artists like Ottmar Liebert or other nuevo flamenco players. However, I'd suggest that fans of guitarists like Chris Spheeris and Jamie Bonk give it a listen too. While Jim Stubblefield eschews the use of anything but minimal keyboards, the musicianship and compositions on this album warrant a lot more attention than relegating it to world music fans alone."
- Wind & Wire Magazine



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This Is Fabulous
Wow, I was really happy with this CD. The sound quality is crisp, and the artist is accomplished. A pleasure to listen to.


Rhythum of the heart
Supper cool album. One of the best


very good
I heard the song hermosa on the 411 issue 50!!!! A very good flamenco music !! just a great song...

A. Hawkesworth

We love this CD!
This CD has great energy, and boy is this group tight... we really enjoy this fantastic music!

Gerald Wiblin

best thing eva
OMG, i heard it on 411 vm issue 50 too. great song. wanna sakte in barcelona now. anyway love the music. chill to it. also makes you a great hit with your friends parents ;-)

danny lozz

very good music i heard this band on a 411 skatevideo and i fell in love with their music. not much i can say but just kick back and listen to them!!!! very glad i purchased this cd.

Andrew Furness

Uplifting and enjoyable
A blend of flamenco and latin american vbibes, uplifting and energising, refreshing and satisfying, very well played and delightful.

Howard Oresky

Not only rocks but sings as well
As with anything that Jim's involved with musically, Rhythm of the Heart is pure magic. The melodies and craftsmanship are as fresh as Spring rain. Beautifully composed and performed !