Personnel: Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, Luis Conte, Miguel Cruz, Omaya Al'ghanim, Enrique "Quique" Cruz, Hugo Pedroza, Majid Ghorbani, Ashish Khan and Hayadeh.
Personnel: Haydeh (vocals); Omaya Alghanim, Jorge Strunz (guitar); Ardeshir Farah (steel guitar); Hugo Pedroza (charango); Ashish Khan (sarod); Majid Ghorbani, Luis Conte, Miguel Cruz (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Carl Lange.
Recording information: Studio II, Culver City, CA.
Photographer: Kathlyn Powell.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Enrique Cruz; Ashish Khan; Luis Conte; Miguel Cruz.
1985's Guitarras, the third album by nuevo flamenco guitar duo Strunz & Farah, continues in the same genteel world-lite vein started with 1982's Mosaico. As always, the focus is entirely on the interplay between Jorge Strunz's nylon-string Spanish classical guitar and Ardeshir Farah's richer-sounding steel string, with occasional bits of Latin and Middle Eastern percussion adding rhythmic and textural support. There are a few interesting tunes, with the two-part "Suenos" featuring the most interesting melody and the best soloing by both guitarists (particularly in the cutting-contest-style second part) and the closing "Mirage" the most intriguing rhythms, but, as is often the case in this brand of instrumental music, there's a politeness to the tunes and arrangements that far too often tips over into sappy new age treacle. This album can only be recommended to those with a high tolerance for Windham Hill's least-driving music, or who think the Gipsy Kings are too edgy. ~ Stewart Mason