This debut album is both familiar and unusual at the same time. Featuring the traditional flamenco guitar playing of Ramon Ruiz, combined with the delightful singing of his long-standing partner, Anita ‘La Maltesa’, who also rattles her feet. Both are highly skilled. The addition of a Cuban brass-section, some salsa-style arrangements and even a didgeridoo make for an unusual recording. Recorded in Seville, the album evokes hot Spanish evenings, with gunshot handclaps, impassioned vocals and superb flamenco playing. Some South American influences, Cuban-style piano, the vocals of Segundo Falcon and El Extremo also give the album more interesting flavors. Take off your shoes and open another bottle of wine.
Alcazaba are a vibrant ensemble, brimming with ideas and inspiration…”
Jazzwise, September 2009
“Rhythmic, melodic, exciting and fresh…” Evening Chronicle, June 2009; “Executed with precision…”
Morning Star, July 2009
“Much Virtuosity, little trickery.”
Financial Times, July 2009
“Melodies are strong, rhythms are infectious, and improvisation, individual and collective, flows freely and with spirit.”
AllAboutJazz.com, June 2009.