"The Way Home" (1997)...In terms of sheer technique, all of the aforementioned acoustic guitarists Liebert included * pale in the shadow of Colombian born Juan Carlos Quintero, who re-emerges from a five year label limbo with a vibrant tour of his homeland, appropriately titled The Way Home. Whereas 1992's popular Through The Winds found him compromising his potent improvisational chops and strong composing skills in a setting where the electonics dominated, this time the many Latin grooves emerge more organically - from the effortless interaction with his longtime ensemble featuring pianist Joe Rotondi and bassist Eddie Resto, a host of all-star percussionists, as well as a love for Latin folkloric music. He doesn't need any classical references and orchestral swells to create drama. Quintero can do the radio friendly pop-flamenco thing as well as anyone, loping along casually on the tropical flavored cruise "El Pueblo," but unlike Liebert, challenges himself and Rotondi to jet off course and toss off a couple of be-bop licks. More in character with Quintero's potential, however, are more polyrhythmic hybrid excursions like "Hermanos," which fuses fast and rumbling flamenco runs with folksy, twangy Country and Western sensibilities, and the irrepressible, bongo-happy quartet piece, "Little Indians," which perfectly blends straight ahead and pop flamenco flavors. Quintero also has a blast venturing into odd-metered, avante garde territory on the jumpy closer, "Porque Si."
percussionists/Munyungo Jackson, Walter Rodriguez, Tiki Pasillas, Angel Figueroa, Ron Powell,
bassists/Eddie Resto, Alec Milstein
recorded by dan garcia
mixed by dan garcia
mastered by doug sax/the mastering lab
amy bennick / art direction, design
Exec. Producer: Mitch Satalof
Music Arranged &
Composed by Juan Carlos Quintero.
"Caribbean Sun Dance Co-Composed by Kenny Hudson
Produced by Juan Carlos Quintero & Guillermo Guzmán
Publishing: Juan Carlos Quintero Productions (BMI), Administered by BMG Rights Management