Saturday, 2 April 2011

Pedro Soler & Renaud Garcia-Fons - Suite Andalouse (1994)

Format: flac + cue + log
Genre: Flamenco, World Music
Release Date: 1994
Label: Al Sur

"One of the finest duos in the world" (Guitar review, New York)

The European press has repeatedly hailed Renaud Garcнa-Fons as being, “the Paganini of the double bass”.
The Franco-Spanish bassist performs on a custom built, five-string contrabasse (tuned E,A,D,G,C), which gives him a sweeping range, even superceding the high notes of the cello and his playing register can ascend even as high as the violin. Especially during his frequent solo sojourns, you’ll often find yourself exclaiming, “I can’t believe that’s a double bass!”

Born in 1938, Pedro Soler began playing guitar with exiled refugees from Andalusia who came to Toulouse after the Spanish Civil War. He performed in flamenco companies, studied with masters, and later accompanied celebrated flamenco singers and dancers. As a recording artist of over 50 years, Soler is one of the most honored flamenco artists.