Bob Weisenberg

SEE MYSPACE The following article appeared just after Bob returned to the U.S. after living in southern Spain. It remains the best description of the music on “American Gypsy”. Flamenco (Gypsy Style) By Bob Albers In case you weren’t paying attention when it happened, Milwaukee gained a new flamenco guitarist a couple of months ago, and he has brought with him a brand of flamenco that is rarely heard in America. As a friend of mine said after we heard him for the first time a couple of weeks ago, “It was just like the last time Miles Davis came to town. The music just took your head and there was nothing you could do about it.” And my friend isn’t particularly into flamenco. The guitarist is Bob Weisenberg and his performance that night included the more familiar forms of flamenco—Soleares, Siguiriyas, Bulerias, Alegrias and Granadinas. During the performance I became even more excited than my friend because the only flamenco I had heard that sounded similar was in an anthology of gypsy flamenco I had purchased directly from Spain. In fact, in many instances the technique, intonation and the feelings Weisenberg expressed were dead ringers for the Spanish album. And no wonder. Weisenberg had just spent a year in Spain living and studying with some of the gypsy guitarists that had been recorded in the anthology. To be exact, he took a room near the Café Pepe in the town of Moron de la Frontera, where the famous gypsy guitarist Di...

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