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Segovia meets Django

Tales From Home
Tales From Home
By Ciro Hurtado

ROM Records: 1993

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This review first appeared in the February 26, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

Let there be no mistake: spiritually and stylistically, Ciro Hurtado is a romantic. The Peruvian guitarist plays a music melodically built around the classical Spanish guitar, with rhythms influenced by both flamenco and Caribbean sounds.

Playing a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, Hurtado's tone is strictly classical Spanish. And his arrangements and compositions owe more than a little to the Spanish guitar tradition. But this is still Hurtado's music, not some simple reworking of what's gone before. There is as much jazz here as Spanish, with Latin American folk traditions thrown in as well.

The result is what we might have heard if Andrés Segovia had sat in with Django Rheinhardt.