Havana Sunset: The Best of Govi

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This is an 11-track tour through the highlights of Govi's four albums for Higher Octave Records. Anyone who has heard the German-born guitarist's stylings will have a sense of what's included here: This is light, soothing, guitar-centered music that owes a debt to the flamenco tradition, yet also has one foot firmly planted in New Age and easy-listening territory.

Govi's compositions are quite tuneful, and never accelerate beyond a pleasant, mid-tempo groove, keeping just enough exotic flavor to make the music alluring and seductive. Govi excels at gentle, swaying ballads, like the evocative "This Precious Moment," but tunes like "Bumblebeat" and the passionate "Rumba Tumba" will get the toes tapping and the head nodding. This sultry music represents the cream of Govi's output, and is the perfect accompaniment for a beach-side stroll, a candle-lit dinner, or for imaginary journeys while listening to headphones in solitude.

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