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Manuel Barrueco

"Nylon & Steel"

The Story
Manuel Barrueco has firmly established himself as one of the most important guitarists in the world today. Since his dazzling debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1974, his artistry has continually been described as that of a superb instrumentalist and an elegant musician, with a seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts. With "Nylon & Steel" the Cuban-born classical guitarist adds another amazing twist to his eclectic Angel Records legacy. This once in a lifetime cross-genre recording features duets by Barrueco with legendary jazz/rock guitarists Al Di Meola, Steve Morse and Andy Summers (ex-The Police), bookended by two solo pieces performed in Barrueco's inimitable classical acoustic style. Barrueco and his cohorts complement eight original compositions with songs written by Brazilian composers Ernesto Nazareth and Celso Machado, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Stanley Myers ("Catavina," the theme from the film The Deer Hunter) and Aaron Copland. As the title alludes to, all guitars played by Barrueco are nylon string, and those played by his partners are steel string.

The Music
03:16 Odeon Instrumental
06:50 Beyond The Mirage Instrumental
07:27 Azzurra Instrumental
04:22 The Grand Passion Instrumental
02:01 Wolvesville ** Instrumental
03:15 Cavatina Instrumental
02:57 Without Sunglasses ** Instrumental
03:22 Northern Lights Instrumental
02:19 Up In The Air Instrumental
04:02 Mysteries Of The Slow River Instrumental
04:54 I Remember Instrumental
02:49 Crow At Midnight Instrumental
03:39 Rodeo Instrumental
   ** Acoustic/Electric

The Artists
Manuel Barrueco  -  Guitar, Production
Al DiMeola  -  Guitar
Steve Morse  -  Guitar
Andy Summers  -  Guitar
Eden White  -  A&R Coordination
Joshua Gold  -  Project Management
Gordon H. Jee  -  Creative Direction
Greenberg Kingsley  -  Art Direction, Design
Peter Zander  -  Photography
Kimberly Beck  -  Photography

Recorded and mixed, September 1999 to November 2000.

With Andy: September 9 & 10, 1999.

With Al: June 25 & 26, 2000.

With Steve and solos: November 17 & 18, 2000.

Mixed on November 19, 2000.

Mastered in January of 2001.

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