Adam Westcott | Espíritu

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Espíritu

by Adam Westcott

Passionate, intense, melodic and beautiful original Flamenco guitar compositions, inspired by my friend, the Picasso of the Flamenco guitar, Manitas de Plata.
Genre: Latin: Flamenco
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1. Tarantas
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2. A Manitas De Plata
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3. Interlude
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4. A Bailar
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5. Cries of the Gypsy
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6. Gypsy Jolly Song
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7. Por El Camino De Plata
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Bueno! Muy bueno!" cried Manitas de Plata as I performed to him "Por el camino de Plata", my adaptation of his original piece "Por el camino de Ronda". I couldn't believe what was happening. I was with my inspiration. This man changed my life in 2008, when I was first introduced to his music, and now I was sitting next to him, talking with him like old friends, playing my guitar to him. There are no words to describe how that felt as I sat there, playing the very same guitar Manitas played in 1965 to Picasso...

My name is Adam Westcott and I play the flamenco guitar. I have played for around 10 years and first discovered flamenco in 2003. I completely immersed myself, especially in the music of the gypsies in the south of France. I love the freedom and techniques of the flamenco guitar; it is truly magical.

My music is not strictly flamenco; I play how I want to play, improvising and using the guitar to create the thunderous and beautiful sounds that enticed me to Flamenco all those years ago. I have so many influences, from Muse, to Keith Jarrett and to my all time inspiration,who I was lucky enough to spend three days with, Manitas de Plata.


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Espíritu review by James

Incredible music and guitar playing!
This album is absolutely AMAZING! There is so much passion and soul in Adam's music, with each track taking you on a unique journey, all oozing guitar virtuoso techniques which are simply astonishing! The first piece, "Tarantas", is aggressive and romantic with a huge rhythmic sound. "A Manitas de Plata" is simply a masterpiece. "Interlude" is a suspenseful piece, with similar sounds and tones to Muse. "A Bailar" is when the album changes direction to a more Spanish sound, with great use of hand percussion at the beginning. "Cries of the Gypsy" is a slow piece and tells a painful story of love and suffering (this is just my interpretation). "Gypsy Jolly Song" is light and catchy...you can imagine people dancing around to this one! The final piece, "Por el Camino de Plata" is insane. How Adam plays this is something else! I can't recommend this album enough. It is a true show of guitar and composition brilliance. Thank you Adam.

Jenny Rowlands

Bravo
Adam Westcott's guitar playing transported me from a cold and bleak British midwinter to the medditeranean sun. Prepare to enjoy a holiday romance as the music seduces you, sensuously caressing you.....Ok. Enough!
Seriously, Espiritu is an album of the music that entranced this young englishman from its green and pleasant southwest to the sunny land of Picasso. The music of the wonderful Manitas de Plata, his great inspiration. The music of flamenco, the music of the gypsies of southern europe. It is full of both passion and pain and Adam's interpretation does it full justice. The first time I heard 'Por el camino de Plata', he was performing live. How lucky was I? If you can, go see him on stage. He plays his guitar with such strength and then gentleness that it is a wonder to both watch and listen to.
The album is a treat from the first to the last track. Do yourself a favour, buy this album, pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy. Thank you, Merci, gracias Adam.