Order The New Fiesta Platter From Latin-Guitar Group Incendio


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It’s time for a fiesta! Go find the music on the new album by Incendio (Summoning The Muse), call some friends over, get the margaritas and sangria blended, throw a sombrero over one lamp and a red scarf over another, and get ready to party down. Incendio is known (on nine previous albums and countless tours) as a band fronted by the two-pronged acoustic Latin guitar attack of Jim Stubblefield (also a solo artist) and Jean-Pierre “JP” Durand. They are masterfully-backed by bassist Liza Carbe (who toured the world as bassist for the Platinum-selling all-female rock band Vixen) and drummer Timothy Curle (who has played with Josh Groban, Elton John, Herbie Hancock, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other top names).

You put it all together and you have a party just waiting to happen. This wonderful instrumental album launches with three fast, catchy numbers -- “Monte Carlo,” “Rumba Poderosa” and “Running” -- that will make your blood race like you are rolling the dice on the Riviera, dancing in Argentina or, well, running a race to see who gets to the cantina first. Yes, there are some mid-tempo tunes just as good (check out the Latin-funk horns on “Don’t Pretend”) and even some beautiful slower compositions (“Blue Bolero” with electric piano, “Morning in Maui” with strings and “High Tide” with its lay-on-the-beach-feel). The band shifts back to high-energy mode on the last two -- “Limitless” (a bit of nice electric guitar towards the end) and “Amazon River Hoedown” (which is difficult to describe with its accordion fighting it out with acoustic and electric guitars -- yee-haa!). Liza Carbe plays strong bass lines throughout and really propels the music forward along with drummer Tim Curle who is just a powerhouse (subtle but snapping).

Just an all-around great party album without a disappointing track anywhere on it. Maybe every note was carefully calculated and worked out, but the music feels free-wheeling, carefree and simply passionate. These dozen tunes are highly recommended.

John Watt

While I wish I was walking the beaches of the Riviera, visiting ancient ruins in Argentina,
or managing to elude the maitre'd as I try to slip out without paying.....
watching this video just makes me want to play along.