Summer, still …..

after all the festivals and travels we went on a holiday, but first we went to see Spanish singer Mayte Martin at the Gardens Sabatini of the Palacio Real in Madrid – where we saw her actually 3 years ago as well – an uncompromising singer of flamenco and coplas and surely one of the best around today.To play a full show just with a guitarist and not being boring or repetitive means something. Control and emotion – expression of pain and sorrow, delight and happiness and everything in between, in the most simple but effective way.

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Even when relaxing somewhere in Spain’s South we are surrounded by music – and this time we had a chance to see Josemi Carmona again with his quartet, playing songs from his album Las Pequenas Cosas, virtuous as always, jazzy and  with great improvisations, especially in Jamie Cullum;s Gran Torino and his own Tangroove. That night, with only a small audience, he brought up some special guests: Juan Carmona, his fellow guitarist in Ketama

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and the daughter of guitar legend Tomatito, Mari Angeles, who is an excellent singer, working on her first album with Josemi as a producer. A night to remember.

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Two days later we met with Tomatito to have a drink and a bit of a chat and he played us a song from his forthcoming record – his most amazing version of the Charlie Haden composition Our Spanish Love Song. Breath-taking !

The rest was sun and beach or pool and wine and great food, especially seafood ….Heaven.

Now back and are already listening to some new CD’s of which I will inform you at a later point.

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