Strunz & Farah Frontera
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- Released: October 11, 1991
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Milestone
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Personnel: Jorge Strunz, Ardeshir Farah, Alex Acuna, Omaya Alghanim, Stanley Clarke, Luis Conte, Miguel Cruz, Eduardo De Barrio, Majid Ghorbani, Steve Kujala, Aris Quiroga, Walfredo Reyes, Manoochehr Sadeghi, Steve Tavaglione and Randy Tico.
Personnel: Ardeshir Farah (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar); Jorge Strunz (steel guitar, classical guitar, flamenco guitar); Aris Quiroga (classical guitar); Omaya Alghanim (flamenco guitar); Manoochehr Sadeghi (santur); Steve Kujala, Steve Tavaglione (flute); Luis Conte (ocarina, timbales, wood block, caxixi, percussion); Eduardo del Barrio (synthesizer); Ron Wagner (marimba); Stanley Clarke (acoustic bass); Randy Tico (electric bass, fretless bass); Alex Acu¤a (drums, percussion); Miguel Cruz (congas, bongos, timbales); Walfredo Reyes (percussion, bells, gong, chimes).
Audio Mixer: Carl Lange.
Liner Note Author: Jorge Strunz.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Studio II, Culver City, CA.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eduardo del Barrio; Manoochehr Sadeghi; Alex Acu¤a; Luis Conte; Miguel Cruz; Randy Tico; Stanley Clarke ; Steve Kujala; Steve Tavaglione.
Frontera is an intriguing effort by a duo whose music would unfortunately quickly turn into flaccid new age mush. Clearly influenced by the likes of Al DiMeola and the ECM stable, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah start from the mellowest side of post-fusion '70s jazz, add world music forms suggested by their varied upbringings (Strunz was born in Costa Rica and raised around the world as the son of a diplomat; Farah was born in Iran and educated in England), and then incorporate a few hints of the sound that Windham Hill Records would soon turn into clich‚d mush. Luckily, this time out those troubling hints of over-slickness are but a minor flaw, and the two guitarists enthusiastically and sensitively explore a variety of mostly Latin rhythmic and melodic styles. The highlight, however, is the Persian-flavored flamenco "The Dervish," an intriguing blend of European and Middle Eastern forms with a much stronger rhythmic base than most new age music ever manages. Frontera won't change the mind of anyone predisposed to dislike modern instrumental music, but it's not at all bad. ~ Stewart Mason
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