The gypsy life.... .and a soundtrack to boot. Lively intriguing music, traveling the world and exposure to many influences is the story of this talented duo. The simplicity and earthiness call out for you to follow Willie and Lobo anywhere they wish to go.
From the beginning, it certainly betrays the sound of just two musicians. Couldn’t anyone else be in accompaniment? No, and that is rather interesting that they could bring that kind of richness to their performances. From the gentle "El Faro" to the highly charged "Moorish Reunion," the duo delivers a variety of moods to a very appreciative audience.
"Flamenco Mexicana" is quite a powerhouse, combining Mexican influence, to which they were obviously exposed living in the region, with the Spanish root of Flamenco. It’s a combination that works well, especially for those who find this to be the dance music of choice.
Lobo gives a memorable solo performance on "AndalJ" with some rhythmic clapping by Willie. This is perhaps one of the finest examples of true musicianship, without the aid of electronics.... .YES! Well, let’s face it; how often can you say that today, really! There’s something a little different with "El Nino," as Willie kicks on the violin with some hipness and attitude. It is a fun track, but reveals some serious technique by the two gentlemen.
"Amsterdam" moves back and forth between energy and serenity, as if to tell both sides of a story. No title is truer than "Dance With You," as it leaps from the first second with an inviting rhythm. The duo obviously share creative power and can musically finish each other’s sentences. "Salsa Verde" continues the dancing mood, but with a slinky and spicy edge. Their vocal exclamations are entertaining as well, giving the classic yells that accompany these types of music.
As the CD comes to a close, they pour even more enthusiasm into "Rockin’ Gypsy" and "Fandango Nights." The temptation to raise the roof must have been overwhelming, but that’s a testament to this pair.
This is the perfect music for well-rounded audiophiles. The joy of playing is real here as Willie and Lobo do a fantastic job of sharing it with the Arden Theatre in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. More importantly, it comes right through to the listener who absorbs this CD. Don’t sit back on this one; rise up and step to the occasion.... life is good!