Andando el Tiempo features new music of wide emotional compass by Carla Bley, and underlines her originality and resourcefulness as a jazz composer. “Saints Alive!” sets up animated conversations between the participants with striking statements from Steve Swallow’s bass guitar and Andy Sheppard’s soprano sax. The stately “Naked Bridges/Diving Brides” draws inspiration from Mendelssohn and the poetry of Paul Haines. And the powerful three part title composition – which addresses the trials and tribulations of recovery from addiction - moves through sorrow to hopefulness and joy.
Not many records can be pinpointed as genuine historical turning points, but La Leyenda Del Tiempo is a bona fide before/after landmark in the flamenco world. El Camarón de la Isla, almost universally regarded as the greatest flamenco singer of all time, put aside his classic partnership with Paco de Lucía to record with different musicians and incorporate rock and jazz elements on an album often called the Sgt. Pepper's of flamenco. It was a radical, daring step by a singer in his late twenties who opened the door for a whole wave of musicians and bands who are still major figures in Spanish music. It cemented the legend of El Camarón de la Isla as a towering creative force who, much like Bob Marley in reggae, brought flamenco into the present without losing the essence of the root tradition.
"La leyenda del tiempo" marked a giant step in the renewal of flamenco, both for originating from Camaron - who by now moved the masses around him - as well as for the bravery of including rock and jazz instrumentation in flamenco". Camaron de la Isla is one of the finest flamenco musicians Spain has ever produced, and this is perhaps his best album. It is one of the first–and most powerful–instances of traditional flamenco being melded with modern sounds (e.g. electric bass guitar and backing drums) but is LIGHT YEARS better than the hollow, fluffy modern flamenco fusion so popular today. Mixing traditional cante jondo with rock-influence, deep bass famenco fusions, "Leyenda del Tiemp" provides an amazing experience every listen.
The record includes recordings of monumental figures of cante and toque, such as Camarón de la Isla, Paco de Lucía, Bambino or Carmen Linares. It is a compilation of a variety of styles with recordings of recent years. The legend of time, the legendary Camarón record and one of the greatest landmarks in the history of flamenco, is the starting point of the album Pa saber de flamenco. It is an instrument to begin to know and to distinguish the different styles of this music.
M.I.A.'s second album finds this peculiar ensemble exploring the realms of acoustic folk and Renaissance-inspired pastoral music with particular interest; even if this stuff is not all that is represented in the album's repertoire, it is indeed the most recurrent factor…