The Acoustic World Ensemble: SPANISH SOUL Spanish Soul is a complete guitar oriented album. It uses live percussion and hip hop style drum loops to create a new effect in acoustic Spanish guitar music. The musical styles on this album are as varied as the musicians featured. Spanish Soul has a definite Spanish flavor, but it also includes jazz stylings such as Sweet Samba & Anniversary Song, Middle Eastern melodies such as Aya Sofia & Mediterranean Nights and Rhythm and Blues tunes such as Little Buddha. The 1st Track Malagueña is a fresh new dance version of the original Spanish Malagueña. The Title Track Spanish Soul is a romantic Ballad with the warm sounds of the Flugel Horn. El Camino Real combines the Rumba Flamenca rhythms with a Samba rhythm track while Serenade is a pure Guitar Jazz ballad that features a duet of the Spanish nylon string guitar and the warm sounds of a Gibson ES-175. The remix of Today & Tomorrow now starts as a Blues Ballad that develops into a Spanish/Jazz style.
Then there are songs such as Shiraz, that would fall more into the "raw energy" middle eastern sounds category, while East of Spain features the mystic sounds of an English Horn. Last but not least there is the mellow Guitar Ballad Days Gone By and the hip hop/Spanish style composition Song for Nima that defies any category.