Ordoñez embellishes his gentle songs with the virtuoso techniques of the Spanish guitar, his actual musical origin,
without ever sounding as hard as a typical flamenco guitarist. He demonstrates
a sense for fine, soft melodies and placating harmonies. Lounge grooves
accompany his songs in such a laid-back way that Por El Mar sounds like it
could have been poured out of a cocktail shaker from paradise.
Josete Ordoñez studied the guitar (jazz and flamenco) under such diverse
guitarists as Juan Maya Marote, Serranito, Tomatito, Steve Brown, Eddy Goltz,
and Sean Leavytt. His touring around the globe with his own band Elementales,
with ensembles like Compañía Flamenca Joaquín Ruiz, Compañía Ibérica de Danza,
and Eliseo Parra Band helped Josete to develop his own style. He played
first guitar at the world famous La Maestranza in Madrid.
Sensuous and perfectly dreamy, the songs are by no means solely dominated
by Josete Ordoñez's guitar. On his many travels from the Meditarreanean coast
to the South China Sea, he discovered plucked
string instruments like the Vietnamese Dantú and the Mexican Vihuela, and
played them on this album. The impression of summery serenity is underlined by
Vietnamese singer Nsut Song Tao, who lends the track 'Hanoi' a sweet, exotic color. This flair is
contrasted by flamenco singers Ana Salazar and Monica Molina, who add slightly
wild and archaic elements with their raw and haunting Gitano voices and sweetly
beseeching melismas in songs like 'Titirimundi' or 'Date a Volar'. And again and
again, Josete Ordoñez's guitar brings everything together and leads
us to a secret place, where we find all the things we have ever lost.
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