Sr. Montón is a Catalan guitarist who was previously unknown to me. According to the label's web site, he was invited to make this record after some outstanding work accompanying the singer Amina Aloui.
Following (mostly) the standard flamenco forms, this album — in particular, the tone and use of dynamics — sounds extremely classical to me, and it's interesting to see this alluded to on the web site.
None the less, and somewhat to my surprise in view of this, I liked it. The material is inventive and interesting without sounding weird.
The Air is "based on J.S. Bach" — yes, you guessed it: the one "on a G String", from BWV 1068. For me it's the weakest item on the menu, but even so I wouldn't call it a dud track.
In addition to one of the performer, the booklet is padded out with more full-page photos (such as one of a bucket on a rope, and another of a rather alarming-looking ladder) that are presumably Artistic, but to me convey nothing whatever. Your mileage may differ.
Note to ECM Records: track-numbers, flamenco styles and track-times could advantageously be shown in the contents-list on the case, as well as in the depths of the booklet.
01) Farruca «Rota»
02) Farruca «Española»
03) Bulería «Son & Kete»
05) Tango «Altolaguirre»
06) Taranta «Con permiso»
07) Cantiñas «Al oido»
08) Soleá «Conclusión»
09) Seguiriya «Detallitos»
10) Tanguillo «Hontanar»
12) Guajira «Piel suave»
13) Te he de querer mientras viva
I recommend this both to fans of modern flamenco, and to classical-heads who only make the occasional excursion.
The total time is 59'15".