Sunday, June 27, 2010

La Musgaña - Las Seis Tentaciones (Spain 1995) @224

Putting in an order for “Spanish folk music, hold the flamenco” is a bit like putting in an order for “Spanish omelet, but hold the eggs,” verdad?

Not anymore. The tradition-minded, all-instrumental quartet, La Musgaña, is here to engage our ears and broaden our musical palates with Iberian oldies that have nothing to do with foot stomping guitar rhythms or bull ring trumpet heraldry.
With a repertoire drawn almost exclusively from the traditional dances of provinces in the Spanish interior, La Musgaña puts wind instruments in the lead-an assortment of rustic flutes and bagpipes join clarinet and occasional accordion to carry the melodies. The rhythmic pulse, thudded by tabors and other venerable hand drums and embellished by flashing cittern chords, often conjures images of medieval feasts and rites. But La Musgaña isn’t strictly antiquitarian, there’s a smidgen of synthesizer on a song or two, and Carlos Beceiro is one funky fellow on electric bass guitar when he has a mind to be, suggesting that his ears have been tuned to the greatest hits of Sly Stone as well as the greatest hits of old Salamanca.

Fans of traditional Celtic and British should take readily to La Musgaña, whose sound has close parallels to those styles. Sometimes the Spanish quartet calls to mind the Chieftains or the more traditional side of Fairport Convention ad Steeleye Span. Jethro Tull fanatics who  hold that rock band’s flute-playing and British-folk influences dear also should check this out; in the second movement of “Charro Zamorano,” La Musgaña sounds as if it’s ready to go living in the past in more ways than one. The dance rhythms aren’t quite as wild-eyed and ferocious as a Celtic jig or reel, but there’s plenty of movement, and the parallel harmonies of contrasting flutes make the brighter songs an airy delight. La Musgaña mixes it up with tense numbers full of portent, mystery and gravitas that sound suffused with grand historical intrigues. Maybe this is what Jimi Hendrix envisioned when he sang about “Spanish Castle Magic”.

Los Angeles Times

01 - Charro Zamorano
02 - El Mirlo
03 - Salamanca La Blanca
04 - Mudanza Del Rio
05 - Sal A Bailar, Mocita
06 - El Rondador Desperado
07 - Jotas De Gaita
08 - Pasacalles El Alba
09 - Aire Religioso
10 - Pica De Bodas
11 - Seguidillas Madrilenas
12 - Toque De Teatro
13 - Charro Salmantino A Trio

Enrique Almendros: bagpipes, square drum, 3-holed flute, tabor
Carlos Beceiro: bass, cittern, guitar
Luis Delgado: Arabian goblet-shaped drum, drums, hammer dulcimer, keyboards, Arabic lute, tambourines
Kepa Junkera: trikitixa (diatonic Basque accordion)
Jaime Munoz: accordion, clarinets, Bulgarian flute, flutes



Origami said...

It sounds incredible, thanks for upload it. I always like a lot find folk Spanish groups I didn't new before.
I have my own folk/new age/world music blog and I linked yours some time ago, if you wanna link me:

Puzzle said...

Downloaded, unrared and playing. NB might just have had two unlikely hiccups in downloading.

Computers, eh? Ludd was right....

Indeed non-stereotypical, closer to an English trad sound than what we would at first think of as Spanish. Just more encouraging of foottapping!

A nice broadening of horizons, thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Especial programa de radio de folk

dondo said...

Hi. Thanks for so wonderful blog. The link say: Firefox can't find the server at las%20seis%20tentaciones.
Any chance to update? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Have visited several times, but never said thank you for sharing your collection before. Thank you very much!

CrimsonKing said...

Thank you Anonymous.
Enjoy the blog.

CrimsonKing said...


Las Seis Tentaciones


Anonymous said...

Thanks from The Netherlands... Great to find such an old and unatainable album here online.
Thank you for sharing!

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