His roots are in flamenco but he has played fusion and jazz. He has recorded as a concert guitarist and accompanying the voices of Turronero , Pansequito, Indio Gitano. He has also performed at numerous music festivals around the world. He has also performed on several flamenco stages, gatherings and festivals, both at a national level and abroad: Paris, New York, Cologne, Havana, Munich.
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To my mind, that makes it all the better, seeing that he brings experience and maturity to the pieces. Gerardo is a guitarist who has got lumped with the whole "nuevo flamenco" movement. This is an injustice. Here we have an album that shows true innovation within an authentic flamenco framework, rather than a kitsch pastiche, as perpetrated by Ottmar Liebert et al. Now, while I might agree with some in the flamenco world who might argue that Gerardo is not true "flamenco puro" and will point to the likes of Nino Ricardo as masters of duende, the enlightened of that group should still accept this work.
To do otherwise would be akin to dismissing Eric Clapton because he doesn't convey the same blues authenticity that Robert Johnson did; who cares? He's taking it further. The pieces here are not all new: many have appeared in different, even more "technique-oriented" versions on his Spain-only albums "El Gallo Azul" and others those who like Calima really should try to get this album, as it is awesome.
However, what we have here is confidence, economy and confidence. His Bulerias, which in "Gallo" far outstrips any Jorge Strunz excursion for sheer stunning technical display, in this album is relatively restrained, but masterful. And the Jazz-fusion pieces are truly awesome pieces that remind me of some of the best Chick Corea recordings a tribute to Danilo. While they run out their predictable flurries of notes albeit, a little out of sync, would you believe?
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