catalogue

GELB, HOWE & A BAND OF GYPSIES

ALEGRIAS (FIRE RECORDS)

GELB, HOWE & A BAND OF GYPSIES - ALEGRIAS 47155
format:
1 CD
release:
25.03.2011
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
47155
barcode:
0809236116604
In 2006, Howe Gelb embarked on a journey with a gospel choir with the result the astounding, critically acclaimed album 'Sno' Angel Like You'.

This new chapter sees Howe embellish a troop of flamenco playing gypsies, including the virtuoso guitarist Raimundo Amador (collaborated with Bjork and BB King) and is mixed by the legendary John Parish (PJ Harvey).

Recorded atop a Cordoba roof with his 'Band Of Gypsies' in the AndalucĂ­a sun, ''Alegrias", is an exceptional new work from Howe Gelb.

Originally only available in Spain, where the record enjoyed considerable success due in part to the wondrous contribution from Flamenco guitar virtuoso 'Raimundo Amador', Fire is pleased to be releasing the latest jewel in the considerable crown of Howe Gelb's musical delights.

Many have tried to blend Flamenco with their native style without success, which makes 'Alegrias' more than a coming together of music.

'Alegrias' is an event, a special moment captured by a collection of musicians who have been graced with the fortune of seamlessly marrying the rich Flamenco rhythms to Howe's own unique sound.

Maintaining the familiar taste of the Arizona desert that Howe has cultivated over the years, both solo and with Giant Sand, his sound embraces new shades that blend with the beats of flamenco as opposed to exist alongside, inspired by Howe's memories of the Tucson desert, painted with the sound of favourites Tom Waits, Miles Davis and Tomatito, Howe encountered this record by chance after travelling to Cordoba, where he met Fernando Vacas.

What started as an organic coming together of minds soon enjoyed input from local flamenco musicians that led to the exploration of uncharted territory somewhere between American roots rock, southern and border, and the purest flamenco.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. 4 DOOR MAVERICK
  • 1.2. UNEVEN LIGHT OF DAY
  • 1.3. THE BALLAD OF LOLE Y MANUEL
  • 1.4. COWBOY BOOTS ON COBBLE STONE
  • 1.5. NOTORIETY
  • 1.6. BLOOD ORANGE
  • 1.7. LOST LIKE A BOAT FULL OF RICE
  • 1.8. BROKEN BIRD AND THE GHOST RIVER
  • 1.9. (THERE WERE) ALWAYS HORSES COMING
  • 1.10. THE HANGIN' JUDGE
  • 1.11. SAINT CONFORMITY
  • 1.12. WHERE THE WIND TURNS THE SKIN TO LE
  • 1.13. ONE DINER DOWN