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Johannes Linstead

Instrumentalist Johannes Linstead is not an easy artist to categorize. Some listeners have described the acoustic guitarist's ambitious, far-reaching albums as new age (although he is much more energetic than new age artists are typically known for being), and others have labeled him nuevo flamenco (that is, modern flamenco-pop rather than traditional straight-ahead flamenco). But while some of his acoustic guitar playing is, in fact, relevant to Spain's nuevo flamenco scene, the truth is that contemporary flamenco is only a part of what the unpredictable, highly eclectic Linstead does. If any one term best summarizes Linstead's diverse albums, it would be "world fusion." Linstead has been influenced not only by the music of Spain, but also by the music of Greece, Italy, Portugal, Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, Peru, India, Morocco, and the Middle East. If anything ties Linstead's rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic influences together -- most of them, anyway -- it is the fact they tend to come from the world's warmer, sunnier climates. Linstead's work does not owe a lot to styles of music that originated in places known for their cold, harsh, snowy, dark winters; the parts of the world that have influenced him the most -- the Mediterranean, southwestern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, the Middle East, North Africa -- get plenty of sunlight. But ironically, Linstead is not from any of the sunny locations that have influenced his playing and composing -- he is actually a native and resident of Canada.

Linstead -- who has often been compared to Ottmar Liebert, Lara & Reyes, Jesse Cook, Armik, and Oscar Lopez -- brings a wide variety of influences to his recordings. Linstead's albums give the impression that the instrumentalist has been affected by everyone from Tomatito and Paco de Lucía (two of flamenco's greatest guitarists) and Greek icon Manos Hadjidakis to Brazilian guitarists like Egberto Gismonti and the late Laurindo Almeida. Linstead is not a jazz artist per se but can be mildly jazzy at times, demonstrating that he is well aware of Django Reinhardt's innovative gypsy swing as well as the fusion guitar playing of Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, and Return to Forever graduate Al DiMeola. That isn't to say that Linstead plays the acoustic guitar exclusively on-stage or in the studio; while the acoustic guitar is his primary instrument, Linstead also plays mandolin, violin, bass, acoustic piano, electric keyboards, various wooden flutes, and the bouzouki (a traditional Greek string instrument). And when it comes to picking sidemen for his albums and live performances, Linstead thrives on diversity; he is the type of multicultural artist who wouldn't hesitate to use Indian tabla drums and gypsy violin at the same time.

Sol Luna Tierra, Linstead's first album, was released by the independent Real Music in 1999; his subsequent Real Music releases included Kiss the Earth in 2000, Guitarra del Fuego in 2001, and Zabuca in 2003. Linstead's fifth album, Mediterranea, came out on Earthscape Music in 2004. ~ Alex Henderson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Midnight Rhumba

1. L'Italiana

2. Radio Argentina

3. Pineapple Grove

4. Siempre (Now And Forever)

5. El Lobo

6. Balzac's Brew

7. Angel On My Guitar

8. The Oracle

9. Midnight Rhumba

10. Calypso Island

11. Bewitched

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Track List: Tales Of A Gypsy

1. Jungle Love

2. Noche De La Juerga

3. Swaying Palms

4. September Remembered

5. La Lunada

6. Vagabond Stomp

7. Bella! Bella!

8. Sosua Bay Sunset

9. Tales Of A Gypsy

10. Flows Like Water

11. Caravan Of Desire

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Track List: Cafe Tropical

1. Cien Fuegos

2. Cafe Tropical

3. The Streets Of Old San Juan

4. Spanish Town

5. Tides Of Eden

6. Ole Ole Ola

7. Suave

8. El Zocolo

9. Santeria

10. Chica Chica

11. Para La Habana

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Track List: Zabuca

1. La Cabanita En La Playa

2. Cielo Azul

3. Guayabera

4. Eleni

5. La Rumbita

6. Echoes Of The Forest I

7. Echoes Of The Forest Ii

8. Heat In Torremolinos

9. The Bells Of San Miguel

10. Zabuca (Shake Up)

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Track List: Sol Luna Tierra

1. Mountain Mist

2. The Temple At Delphi

3. Don Juan

4. Gypsy Rain

5. Sol Luna Tierra

6. Mi Angel

7. Amazonico

8. Between Tears

9. Agua Negra

10. Rio

11. Djunga

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ramin.shafai e
Absolutely amazing. The talent we don't see much of anymore. These are the real artists. Also Armik is great similar style
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Love his style and blend of instruments.
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NICE
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cabramoff
inspiring
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dianabehrend s
Amazing!!! But he makes all my wine go to fast jaja
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Love it
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cfoxisbusy
Nice diversity from others with similar style, enjoyable
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You know, when I look at a player, I don't care as to his/her background, the only question my ears ask is, are you any good?

This guy is good
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gnyce07
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Don't stop now this is freaky! But if you ignore this you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes when you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear
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castle.by.a. s t r e a m
Gorgeous! Light, refined and heartfelt. I long to play like this. Perhaps one day, when I'm rich... Until never, I'll have to come to Linstead to be swept away in a trance. ~Omega
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Love it! Vivacious & uplifting.
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GRANDE CHITARISTA !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fabulous,fir e y , and sensual guitarist! Amazing music with a global flare. Definitely one of my favorite artists! I could listen to him all night..
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sounds a little like gypsy jazz....mang o jango
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Splendid!!!
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Amazonico Johannes beautiful
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Tides of Eden- beautiful... .
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bspinnler
very good
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Bright Pastels
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Howly cows!!!!!!!! l !
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Wow!
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Gracias johann,this the music that stirs my soul and keeps me warm!
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Muy enérgico con gran fuerza motriz!
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I wouldn't "label" this artist or any artist other than the word artist.
I just really like his music
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palgo45
Very uplifting and pleasant
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Love it
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This is Miya ??
Of to
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BELLA MUSICA DE GUITARRA, ME ENCANTA!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Very live fun music
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dancynandcar o l y n
Makes me want to get up and dance!
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Yesssssss.
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I would love to hear him play the bouzouki "live"
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Wow
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rosierubio40
Awesome!
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This is my go to artist-thank u for your immense talent!
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Like melted butter running across your tongue--Swee t
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Linda melodia..!!! I love it❤️
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jimkopsa
MERAVIGLIOSO !!!!!!!!!!!
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OK !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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Love the music!!!
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edshap
Like the Nuevo Like the upbeat. Viva all of it.
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Deeply peaceful, passion in the wings, a little triste.
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Wonderful guitar player!
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donald.licea
My 20
Years
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dude, WOW
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absolutely beautiful, I am going to find some more of his music tonight
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BEAUTIFUL, ENJOYABLE MUSIC!!
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global heart! Jesus loves the world and died to set people free.
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Exisitooooo! ! !
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Delicious!
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