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Tim Sparks

Guitar virtuoso Tim Sparks was born October 31, 1954, in Winston-Salem, NC, taking his first music lessons from his moonshiner uncle; while attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, he also studied classical guitar with Andrés Segovia protégé Jesus Silva. Upon graduating in 1973, Sparks went on tour with an R&B band, and during a stop in Minneapolis he opted to move to the city permanently; there he joined the vintage jazz combo Rio Nido, which recorded albums including I Like to Riff, Hi Fly, and Voicings before disbanding in 1987. Sparks then spent the next several years exploring musical cultures from across the globe, winning a Jerome Foundation fellowship to study the fado tradition in Portugal as well as earning a grant from Minnesota's State Arts Board to study Eastern European music; he additionally played in a variety of local ethnic acts including including the Brazilian group Mandala, the Persian outfit Robayat, and even a Jewish wedding band. A year after the release of his 1992 guitar adaptation of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, Sparks won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Winfield, KS, and released the solo effort Balkan Dreams; Guitar Bazaar followed in 1995. In 1999 Sparks released One String Leads to Another, followed closely by Neshamah, the first of several collections (Tanz [2000], At the Rebbe's Table [2002], and Little Princess [2009]) for John Zorn's Tzadik label. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Little Princess

1. Rebbe's Hasid

2. Der Yid In Jerusalem

3. Oh Daddy, That's Good

4. Little Princess

5. Nifty's Freylekh

6. Few Bowls Terkish

7. Dearest In Bukovina

8. Leben Zol Palestina

9. Turkish Circle Dance

10. Bagel With Onions

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Track List: Sidewalk Blues

1. Mississippi Blues

2. Sidewalk Blues

3. Oriental Blues

4. Potato Head Blues

5. In A Mist

6. The Alligator Crawl

7. How Great Thou Art

8. Here Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears

9. The Pearls

10. Maple Leaf Rag

11. This Great Caravan Keeps On Rolling Along

12. Goin' Back To Mississippi Blues

13. Carolina Shout

14. I'll Fly Away

15. Victory Rag

16. Jelly Roll Blues

17. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Tanz

1. Wie Bist Die Gewesen Vor Prohibition?

2. Min Khatrat

3. Bolgarskii Zhok

4. Araber Tanz

5. Dos Oybershte Fun Shtoysl

6. Der Terk In America

7. Fufzhen Yahr Fon Der Heim Awek

8. Hila Wasa

9. Aji Tu Yorma?

10. Tanst, Tanst Yidelekh

11. Gut Morgn

12. Ayumati Te'orer Hayeshenim

13. La Rosa Enflorece

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Track List: One String Leads to Another

1. L'etoile de Mer

2. Waltz with a Marmaid

3. Cornbread and Baklava

4. La Soledad

5. Mr.Marques

6. Eu So Quero Em Xodo

7. Elegy for Max

8. Trap Hill Breakdown

9. One String Leads to Another

10. Pata Negra

11. The Amsterdam Cakewalk

12. A Lucky Hand

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ooooohhh...p l a y e r !
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His musical skill is simply inspiring!
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To call him the Bud Powell of guitar would be to give due credit to one of his brain cells.
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Fluid, mellow, silky, beautiful, an acoustic virtuoso at his finest!
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Tim is a phenomenal musician who has a superb sense of musicality!
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smooth, easy-listeni n g , very acoustic, for people who are in big guitar mood...enjoy his sounds..

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