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Johannes Linstead

Instrumentalist Johannes Linstead is not an easy artist to categorize. Some listeners have described the acoustic guitarist's ambitious, far-reaching albums as new age (although he is much more energetic than new age artists are typically known for being), and others have labeled him nuevo flamenco (that is, modern flamenco-pop rather than traditional straight-ahead flamenco). But while some of his acoustic guitar playing is, in fact, relevant to Spain's nuevo flamenco scene, the truth is that contemporary flamenco is only a part of what the unpredictable, highly eclectic Linstead does. If any one term best summarizes Linstead's diverse albums, it would be "world fusion." Linstead has been influenced not only by the music of Spain, but also by the music of Greece, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, Peru, India, Morocco, and the Middle East. If anything ties Linstead's rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic influences together -- most of them, anyway -- it is the fact they tend to come from the world's warmer, sunnier climates. Linstead's work does not owe a lot to styles of music that originated in places known for their cold, harsh, snowy, dark winters; the parts of the world that have influenced him the most -- the Mediterranean, southwestern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, North Africa -- get plenty of sunlight. But ironically, Linstead is not from any of the sunny locations that have influenced his playing and composing -- he is actually a native and resident of Canada.

Linstead -- who has often been compared to Ottmar Liebert, Lara & Reyes, Jesse Cook, Armik, and Oscar Lopez -- brings a wide variety of influences to his recordings. Linstead's albums give the impression that the instrumentalist has been affected by everyone from Tomatito and Paco de Lucía (two of flamenco's greatest guitarists) and Greek icon Manos Hadjidakis to Brazilian guitarists like Egberto Gismonti and the late Laurindo Almeida. Linstead is not a jazz artist per se but can be mildly jazzy at times, demonstrating that he is well aware of Django Reinhardt's innovative gypsy swing as well as the fusion guitar playing of Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, and Return to Forever graduate Al DiMeola. That isn't to say that Linstead plays the acoustic guitar exclusively on-stage or in the studio; while the acoustic guitar is his primary instrument, Linstead also plays mandolin, violin, bass, acoustic piano, electric keyboards, various wooden flutes, and the bouzouki (a traditional Greek string instrument). And when it comes to picking sidemen for his albums and live performances, Linstead thrives on diversity; he is the type of multicultural artist who wouldn't hesitate to use Indian tabla drums and gypsy violin at the same time.

Sol Luna Tierra, Linstead's first album, was released by the independent Real Music in 1999; his subsequent Real Music releases included Kiss the Earth in 2000, Guitarra del Fuego in 2001, and Zabuca in 2003. Linstead's fifth album, Mediterranea, came out on Earthscape Music in 2004. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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OK !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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Love the music!!!
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edshap
Like the Nuevo Like the upbeat. Viva all of it.
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Deeply peaceful, passion in the wings, a little triste.
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Wonderful guitar player!
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donald.licea
My 20
Years
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dude, WOW
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absolutely beautiful, I am going to find some more of his music tonight
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BEAUTIFUL, ENJOYABLE MUSIC!!
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global heart! Jesus loves the world and died to set people free.
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Exisitooooo! ! !
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Delicious!
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Amazing rhythm
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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nbrcfunny
Beatiuful ��
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passionate
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Orgagasmico
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Cool. Song
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j_toxx
nice sound
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Excellent ! ! ! !
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posterdoctor
Brilliant!
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I love this songs.
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Ah..., Johannes Linstead, I like his music too!
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Like !
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Peaceful, happy, tranquil - erotic.
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Mr Linstead's music melts my heart!
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Ah, it's romance!
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This dude is awesome, thanks for the World Genre station Pandora.
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Put on some of this music to relax. Mission accomplished , instantly.
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Romantic rythem, what more can I say
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very sensual
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A-M-A-Z-I-N- G
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Mr Linstead is a guitarist with a global heart!
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This guy is amazing... How can you not move to this? Sweeeeeeet
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Mr Linstead is a Canadian with a Mediterrrane a n heart!
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This was is Tropico 4 Video Game! I love these songs while I played EL PRESIDENTE :)
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Ampex seems to be a Flamenco monger. Needs to expand his mind or change the station...
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hgwalker1
Johannes Linstead has an unmistakable sound that deeply moves the soul and sends my spirits soaring.
I used one of his songs to help me get over horse show nerves. Every time I play it that calm, happy confidence returns to me.
What a talented genius!
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He is awesome!
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bamabound55
Sexy sounds.....
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2rparker7
Ampex your taste is all in your mouth
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jordan_91
Additionally , he's a very sweet, wonderful person!
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My previous text refers to Ampex
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Amazing artist. Amex has always something nasty about all artists . Miserable
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This bullshit has no real gypsy flamenco,, its only cheap rumba the way whites play it,, full of cheap 80 year old cliches ,, any 10 year in Spain can blow this fool
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Getting in the mood....
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perfection.. . . .
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roseanna.bat t i s t a
Thank you for blessing us....
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Beautiful♡
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Clen Fuegos is played so well: gentle yet passionate!
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