Abel Lemus's Information
World Music & New Age
March 19, 2009 - Thursday
This talented guitarist draws
from such varied influences as Jobim
and Segovia, with jazzy leanings
toward Montgomery, Benson and Kenny
Burrell. Abel Lemus's style is smooth
and accomplished as he takes you on a
journey through beautiful Brazilian
melodies, spirited sambas, mildly
funky workouts and even a little
spaghetti Western music.
"Ocean's Pearl" kicks things off
with romantic flamenco followed by
the title track's strong Latin pulse
and guitar harmonies. "Showdown"
shifts gears in a more cinematic
country Western vein while "Freeze"
deftly combines electric and acoustic
guitars for an open Santana-like
Twelve songs total; perhaps the
dominant aura here is moody and
relaxed reflection. Ironically, the
album ends with a tune entitled
"Alpha" which, yet again, takes Lemus'
music down another adventuresome path
by way of delicate chordal arpeggios,
a waltz feel and subtle orchestration.
-- Eric Harabadian
Since 1992, "The Bible of progressive
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