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Diego Amador

Scherzo Flamenco by Diego Amador is an unusual crossover between Flamenco piano and classical composers like Bizet, Borodin and Mussorgsky whose works are recognizably quoted in cuts dedicated to them though made over with Iberian stylings including cante jondo and palmas. This concept is vaguely related to how Jacques Loussier gave Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart and Ravel the Jazz makeover. That the piano is a fully 'Flamenco certified' instrument we already knew from David Peña Dorantes and Pablo Rubén Maldonado,

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Awards before 2018

Sevara Nazarkhan: Sen
For Perfect Balance of Old and New in the Silk Road Ambient category
Roberto Fonseca: Zamazu
For Transcending Boundaries in the Cuban Piano category

The Cracow Klezmer Band: De Profundis
For The Sacred Heart Of The Tradition in the Polish Hasidic category

Hossein Alizadeh: Endless Vision
For The Spirit Of An Ancient Country in the traditional Iranian category

Göksel Baktagir: Hayalgibi 2
For Masterful Instrumental Moods in the kanun, piano & cello trio category

Renaud Garcia-Fons Trio: Arcoluz
For Taking Us Across The World & Beyond in the bass trio category

Chris Rea: Blue Guitars
A Compelling Personal History of the Blues through time

Hüsnü Şenlendirici: Hüsn-Ü Klarnet
A Premium Showcase of the Art of the Turkish Solo Clarinet

Kaloomé: Sin Fronteras
Fire, Passion And Drive in the Perpignan Gypsy category

Beyond The Pale: Consensus
A Very Juicy Live Performance in the Modern Klezmer category

Romane & Stochelo Rosenberg: Double Jeu
For Swing As Hard As Mike Tyson's Fist in the Jazz Manouche category

Grey de Lisle: Grateful Ghost
For Elegance & Beauty in the Traditional American Country category

Maria del Mar Bonet: Reixa
For The Spirit Of Pure Heart Incarnate in the Catalonian Folk category

Dorantes: Sur
For Evocactive Mediterranean Soundscapes in the Spanish Piano category

Bebo & Cigala: Lágrimas Negras
For Daring Concept & Brilliant Execution in the Flamenco/Cuban Jazz category

Wrasse Records: World 2004
For Coolacious Groovosity Factor in the WorldBeat Compilation category

Renaud Garcia-Fons: Légendes
For Legendary Performances & Compositions in the upright solo bass category
Joscho Stephan: Django Forever
For Front-Rank Successorship in the Gipsy Swing guitar category
Renaud Garcia-Fons: Navigatore
For Musicianship of the Very Highest Order in the upright bass category
Buenos Aires Madrigal
For Brilliant Juxtaposition and Stylistic Merging in the Italian Baroque & Argentine Tango categories
Morelenbaum/Sakamoto: Casa
For Perfect Capture of Brazil's Night-Time Spirit in the Jazz Trio category
Louis Winsberg: Jaleo
For Most Successful Genre Modernization in the Flamenco category
Dulce Pontes: O Primeiro Canto
For Visionary Masterpiece Jewel in the 'Nouveau Fado' category
Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up On Me
For Coolacious Groovosity By a Soul Legend in the Deep Blues Live category
Debashish Bhattacharya & Bob Brozman: Mahima
For An Inspired Meet of Two Greats in the Indian/Hawaiian slide guitar category
Natasha Atlas: Something Dangerous
For Ulta-Hip Intoxicating Genre Crossing in the Shaabi/Dance/Ambient Dub category
Tomatito: Paseo de los Castaños
For Adventure, Style & Mastery in the Modern Flamenco category
Sevara Nazarkhan: Yol Bolsin
For Tribal/Modern Vocal Arrangements in the Uzbek WorldBeat category
Barrio Chino: Mediterra Nostra
For Recording of the Year 2002 in the Mediterranean WorldBeat category
Salif Keita: Moffou
For A Triumphant Return To Greatness by one of Africa's elder voices
Anouar Brahem: Le Pas du Chat noir
For Atmospheric Beauty & Compositional Elegance in the World/Ambient oud category
Django Reinhardt: NY Festival Live at Birdland
For Concept, Execution & Raw Musicianship in the Gipsy-Swing, Jazz Manouche category
Zawose & Brook: Assembly
For Tribal/Modern Vocal Arrangements in the African WorldBeat category