Desire, Heat & Spirit - Doug Towle
Rumba Flamenca may have been defined by the Gipsy Kings but it’s a genre in development. It’s also a discipline that pushes a guitarists techniques and talents to the max. That’s why Doug Towle was deeply honoured to be selected from thousands of entries as one of the top ten guitarists in North America by the editorial staff of the venerable Guitar Player Magazine (no small feat). Doug proves himself up to the challenge and worthy of the praise on his new album Desire, Heat & Spirit; a volatile mix indeed. It’s also a vibrant journey that displays how far and into how many different styles he has pushed Rumba Flamenca. The fifteen tracks clock in at almost 70 minutes of acoustic shredding through salsa, Latin jazz, Spanish guitar and even the reggae one-drop (Ism Skism is definitely worth a listen). Other standouts include Taking Flight, Luna Rojo, Natasha and my personal favorite, Alcatraz which, true to the title, rocks big time.