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MURIEL ANDERSON & TIERRA NEGRA/New World Flamenco: Let's suppose Malcolm Gidwell is right and that you have to put in 10,000 hours at something to be good at it. We've been slinging Anderson's praises for over 15 years. In all that time, she's never resorted to a fill in job to make ends meet. With concerts, workshops, recordings and practicing, she's certainly put in at least 2,000 hours a year, like any other full time job would require. That puts 30,000 hours under her belt and she was doing this before we first heard her. QED, according to Gidwell, that's why she's not only magnificent but probably the best all around guitarist there is today. Now, in the early days, her records were more beautiful music souvenirs and valentines to fans than they were record records. "Wildcat" signaled a sea change but I don't think even her family knew what was coming here. Teaming up with a pair of German flamenco guitarists she met while touring a castle, adding Pat Metheny's original crew to the mix and topping it off with Victor Wooten, this is a stunning, mindblower of an adult music date that genre bends so fluidly and fluently it takes you to places you've only heard in dreams, without leaving holes in your neck. Anderson has too much playing left ahead of her to call his her ultimate recording but the only words that adequately describe it are the sounds Curly Howard makes when Christine MacIntyre tickles him under the chin. An utterly magnificent recording on all counts. Brava, senorita!

Volume 33 Number 50
December 20, 2009
830 W. Rt 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
© 2009 Midwest Record

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