Lawson Rollins – Guitare Flamboyante Exotiques

I’ve been deeply moved by the glorious sounds of the guitar for as long as I can remember.  Once while prowling the avenues of Sevilla we almost stopped for a show at a flamenco house – some name having to do with “a cat” or “a rooster”  – but were dissuaded by my wife, as we had seen a professional show a few years earlier in Cancun.  Oh, well . . . 

While the talented Mr. Rollins does not always settle on pure flamenco (he has a wide-ranging palate of colors and canvases to choose from), I still feel the rhythm of Andalusia with its thunder and staccato hand claps resonating from the stone and stucco walls of old Sevilla.

Lawson Rollins – Moonlight Samba (From Espirito)

When guitarist Lawson Rollins appeared on the world music scene, he astonished listeners with his electrifying speed and expansive musical vision. His impossible-to-categorize sound combined the passionate rhythms of salsa and samba, the free flowing improvisations of Latin jazz, the deep bass tones of the blues, the gentle lilt of the bossa nova, the fiery attack of flamenco, and the soaring melodic flights of classical music. His debut album, Infinita, lived up to its name with a far-reaching series of groundbreaking soundscapes. All About Jazz called the album “a rewarding gem…one of the year’s best.” Rollins was praised for his compositional skill and soulful virtuosity.

Espirito, Rollins’ second solo effort (out on January 19, 2010), is a suite that extends and expands the vision of Infinita with thirteen compositions that delve deep into the roots of world music. This time he’s added biguine, reggae, son, and swing rhythms to an approach already heavy with intimations of Spain, India, Persia, and the Arab world. “I love the hybrid quality of World Music and how it allows for cross-cultural communication and exchange,” Lawson says. “Centuries ago, travel, trade, and migration created new forms of musical expression. The Spanish guitar is a true manifestation of the commingling of cultures with its ties to the Arabic oud, the Persian tar, even the Indian sitar, so drawing on those connections seems natural to me.”


It was a rooster and not a cat after all.

~ by castleqwayr on February 5, 2010.

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