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Album: Alevanta!
# Song Title   Time
1)    Carambola - (Trick & Cubik Mix)
2)    Paquita La Guapa
3)    Hambre - (Moroccan Mix)
4)    Rumba del 14
5)    Tangos del Vecino
6)    Ceboll¢n, El
7)    Rat¢n, El - (Moroccan Mix)
8)    Talism n
9)    Ni¤a
10)    Rap de Marrakech
11)    Arr¢pame Con Tu Alma
 

Album: Alevanta!
# Song Title   Time
1)    Carambola - (Trick & Cubik Mix)
2)    Paquita La Guapa
3)    Hambre - (Moroccan Mix)
4)    Rumba del 14
5)    Tangos del Vecino
6)    Ceboll¢n, El
7)    Rat¢n, El - (Moroccan Mix)
8)    Talism n
9)    Ni¤a
10)    Rap de Marrakech
11)    Arr¢pame Con Tu Alma
 
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  • Adapter: Benjamin Escoriza .
  • Personnel: Benjamin Escoriza (vocals, acoustic guitar, Spanish guitar, hand claps); Benjamin Escoriza ; Eva Duran (vocals); Jorge Gomez (acoustic guitar, flamenco guitar); Amir Haddad (electric guitar, lute); Juan Cerro (electric guitar); Fernando Mej¡as (flamenco guitar, hand claps); Ramiro Amusategui (cuatro); Jaime Muela (bass flute, saxophone, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, percussion); Javier Paxari¤o (bansuri, saxophone); Vincent Molino (ney, crumhorn, piano, organ, programming); Daniel Parra (marimba); Manolo Toro, Jose Juan Lirios Martinez (electric bass); Sebasti n Rubio (drums, bongos, tambourine, crotales); Paco Garc¡a (drums); Antonio Maldonado (hand claps).
  • Audio Mixer: Paul Borg.
  • Arranger: Jaime Muela.
  • Benjamin Escoriza was born in Granada but has lived in Spain for the past 20 years; his usual gig is playing with the Spanish group Radio Tarifa, a trio that has made its name blending flamenco, Latin, pop, and North African sounds. On his debut solo album he sticks with those general influences, but focuses a bit more on the flamenco side. The result is something of a mixed bag. The instrumental arrangements are wildly eclectic but uniformly fascinating, from the complex rhythms and medieval-sounding reed instruments on "Paquita la Guapa" to the intense waltz of "Ni¤a." While almost everything is wildly danceable, there's quite a bit of subtle elegance at play here as well: notice what the guitar is doing just underneath the surface of "El Ceboll¢n," for example. The problem throughout this album, however, is Escoriza's vocal style, which is generally overwrought and sometimes downright harsh -- it may be a stylistic quirk that makes perfect sense in the context of his unique blend of cultural referents, but it's really not much fun to listen to, which is a shame given the high quality of so much of the music itself. Fans of Radio Tarifa shouldn't hesitate, but others may want to start their explorations of Ibero-African fusion music elsewhere. ~ Rick Anderson
Professional Reviews
The Wire (p.59) - "There are few lulls in the action here....An uninhibited statement from a singer at war with the ordinary."

The Beat (Magazine) (p.21) - "If you revel in the gritty extreme of sandpapery flamenco vocals, this will shove you into abrasion heaven. If you favor a smoother approach, you'll still find lots to admire here..."
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