Various Artists

Masters of Flamenco Guitar

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Masters of Flamenco Guitar is an excellent collection that showcases four masters of the art: Sabicas, Niño Ricardo, Manolo de Huelva, and Melchor de Marchena. Each guitarist is represented by a selection of live cuts that demonstrates his prodigious talent. Even casual listeners will be able to draw differences between each musician, since each has a unique style -- Sabicas was both a songwriter and a player, Ricardo was often regarded as the finest accompanying guitarist in flamenco, de Huelva specialized in bulerías, and de Marchena was a gypsy accompanist. The beauty of Masters of Flamenco Guitar is how it allows even casual listeners to hear the differences between such styles, and as it does, it offers a good introduction to the entire genre.

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