Music: Officium – Jan Garbarek + The Hilliard Ensemble
Borya has posted scans of my very first CD, the album that became Nouveau Flamenco.
The album title, the drawings and the poetry are Frank’s. All of the titles on the left side of your list are Frank’s. I don’t think I would title a song Caros Rapidos y Mujeras, but Frank had a great story of having a Porsche in Spain, and following the great Fado singer Amalia Rodriguez, driving from one concert to the next.
You have lined the titles up well. I have a comparison chart somewhere in my studio – which is still closed and full of moth balls – but that looks about right…
I kept some of Frank’s titles, like Barcelona Nights, modified others, and wrote new ones. Heart Still Beating became Heart Still/Beating, my thoughts about Berlin and the fall of the wall. Marita Walking became 3 Women Walking etc.
Whether it emerged from the singing of the Portuguese sailors or was derived from Brazilian music styles like Lundum and Mondinha is unknown.
The first impression I had listening to Fado at Frank’s house was that a major influence was moorish/arabic music. Flowers of Romance on NF is a simple folk song that was inspired by that music.