I checked whether amazon.com started carrying the new March SSRI DigiPak release of “La Semana” (because for the longest time they sold the old 33rd Street version – for which we received no money as they were sold as part of the Tower bankruptcy proceedings) and found these two customer reviews. And yes, amazon does now carry our new SSRI version.
Amazon.com: A. Koenig “Guitarist”‘s review of La Semana
While Ottmar’s playing is not flamenco guitar, I play flamenco guitar and I love Ottmar’s playing. I believe that La Luna, for example, is a well composed piece of music. I am tired of the bickering between traditional and non-traditional flamenco stylists, just as I am weary of the bickering between traditional bluegrass and “new-grass” players. In the end it is about the music. Liebert has a wide audience while many traditional flamenco musicians could not get an audience if they paid for one.
That said, one can argue all day about compas, duende, flamenco guitars made in Spain versus Ottmar’s clearly wonderful DeVoe and Ottmar’s audience will still follow him. Are they stupid because they do not follow the duende or passion of your god, or are they able to hear beyond what you will not?
I am sure that I have now fired-up the flamenco mavens. Given a choice I would rather pay to see Paco than Ottmar, but I don’t have to choose. I can listen to both, and will. I enjoy each in different ways. Besides, I love the sound of that DeVoe!
La Semana hearkens back to the sound that you may have heard in the early ’90s that first drew you to Ottmar’s music. If you liked that Nouveau sound, you will like this CD as well. Don’t feel guilty about enjoying away!
Flamenco traditionalists and innovators have always argued with one another, but every one of them despises Ottmar’s phony music. He’s embarrasing.