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Live! Review

by John Bush

Esteban's mastery of a rich, cascading flamenco style of guitar playing pays immediate dividends on Live!, with a poignant version of the Beatles' evergreen "Eleanor Rigby." Through the rest of the performance, the guitarist wends his way through the classic pop/rock songbook: "Nights in White Satin," "I Can't Help Falling in Love," "The Lonely Bull," "Unchained Melody," and yet another Beatles cover, a ten-minute medley of "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Here Comes the Sun." Interspersed with the baby boomer favorites are numbers more familiar to a Latin audience, such as "Malagueña Rumba," "Besame Mucho," and "Duende." The end product is an enjoyable, irresistibly chilling set of contemporary instrumental music.

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