The latest album by internationally renowned German group Luna Blanca is an exhilarating journey through a variety of global music traditions, resulting in a vibrant mariachi/merengue world-fusion sound unlike any other.
Luna Blanca’s unique style consists of Richard Hecks’s lead
guitars, Helmut Graebe’s piano and keyboards, Bino Dola’s rhythm and additional
lead guitars, Clemens Paskert’s bass, percussion, and additional keyboards, and
Christian Landgraf’s additional keyboards.
Using nouveau flamenco as an anchor, Hecks and company fuse
together such diverse elements as classical, Latin, European, Hawaiian, reggae,
and new age. The result is continually evolving musical hybrids that are
infectious and engaging, pulling the listener in and never letting go. The
rhythms are tight and the guitars are enticing and seductive.
Although I have favorite tracks, the entire CD is a joy to
listen to. This is not only one of the best guitar-based albums ever, but also
one of the best records of music in general.