Album Title: Sin Tanto
Performer: Jesús de Rosario
Label & #: Karonte 7711
Play Time: 42'24"
Madrilenian guitarist Jesús de Rosario hasn't lacked recorded visibility from any lack of chops as his first album Sin Tanto proves conclusively. It simply took bypassing the established gatekeepers and approach guitar legend Gerardo Nuñez directly with his need. This won him access to the latter's home-based recording studio where Jesús labored over 400 hours to assemble his Flamenco solo debut.
|Defying convention once more by not opting for the usual minimalist setting|
|to showcase the soloist on his maiden release, Sin Tanto is filled with singers, dancers and instrumental collaborators like Tomatito, Antonio Carmona, two of the Losada clan and dancer Sara Baras with whom he toured for seven years. de Rosario names Rafael Riqueni, Manolo Sanlúcar and Sabicas as well as the Brazilians Guinga and Rafael Ravelo for inspiration and lives within a foot walk from his uncle Ramón Jiménez, El Viejín and David Cerreduela to share ideas freely among his fellow working guitarists. Sin Tanto highlights his solo chops with a minera and rondeña, then gets fiery with two densely packed rumbas, one of which is dedicated to the great cantaor Manzanitas who lived at Jesús' grandmother's house for a few years to be part of the family. The rumba "Calle Canastera" features three wonderful cantaors in sequence, Saúl Quirós, Miguel de la Tolea and Juan Antonio Salazar who each take the tune into unique directions before it meanders back to its center.
Of the popular handclap-happy bulerías there's three, one with Tomatito, another with brilliant footwork by dancer Miguel Toleo. Vaky Losada contributes some rapid staccatos on lute while Raúl Marquez spices up the Zambra "Quisiera Contarlo" with his violin. Once Sin Tanto concludes, you wonder why you hadn't heard Jesús sooner. He's a brilliant talent and deserves a far wider audience than the recording studio powers that be have accorded him thus far. Compliments are due also to Gerardo Nuñez for producing Sin Tanto and so strongly supporting the next generation of Flamenco guitarists which follow him, Manuel Cañizares, Rafael Riqueni and other already established greats.