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Daniel Girόn — Prisma

Jan. 25, 2018

“When I talk about colors, I mean the sound of my guitar when music passes through it,” says Colombian-born, now Tampa, FL-based guitarist Daniel Girόn.

His newest release, Prisma, comes a decade after his debut album Classical Guitar but appears to have been well worth the wait as he charms and serenades with his take on flamenco guitar, drawing from his influences Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo, and the ever-popular Jesse Cook.

Yes, the exoticism of flamenco does appear here in abundance, and the colors are certainly vibrant, allowing you to clearly see them in your mind’s eye, as well as feel them.

The album kicks off in a rather tame, cool jazz-like fashion, but quickly takes on that fiery flamenco flair. Several strong, melodic, and romantic tunes appear here (e.g., the lead and title track, “Iris,” “Farewell,” “My Rumba,” “Colorful Beats,” and “Andalusian Glow”). Tossing in a bit of sassy Brazilian magic on Michael Jackson’s “Another Part of Me” doesn’t hurt this production one bit, either. Ah, how this music soothes the savage beast in so many ways. There’s no wonder dance, passion, and romance are so intertwined in Latin America.

Make no mistake: Quality and class are to be admired here by any circle of flamenco lovers. This is clearly no “toss away” album.

Girόn does a wonderful job of pushing forward his persona and that which moves him to play this music so fluidly and competently. There is much to experience here. Take a listen and feel it for yourself – Ronald Jackson