Un Segundo Una Vida

Drawing from a multitude of musical influences to create a unique flamenco/ world music sound, guitarist and composer Hernan Romero astounds on this collection of instrumental and Spanish-language tra

Drawing from a multitude of musical influences to create a unique flamenco/ world music sound, guitarist and composer Hernan Romero astounds on this collection of instrumental and Spanish-language tracks. The Argentinean-born Romero, who recently recorded with Alicia Keys and saxophonist Chico Freeman, adds elements of jazz and classical music to the flamenco, Middle Eastern, Latin, and Mediterranean influences more readily apparent in his unique style. The 11 pristine recordings that comprise Un Segundo Una Vida include such standout tracks as "Otro Atardecer," on which the guitarist duets with himself, playing complementary and supportive guitar lines panned left and right; "La Vida Nueva," featuring Romero's mother, singer Estela Raval; "Puerto Esperanza," a classically tinged, high-energy performance; and the title track. With this much talent and technical ability, it's surprising that Romero isn't a household name, outside of admirers and collaborators like Al DiMeola, John McLaughlin, and Freeman. Un Segundo Una Vida could change that.—CW