|On his new album, Infinita, guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins, member of the acclaimed Latin guitar group Young & Rollins, offers 11 tracks of richly-textured, internationally-inspired original music supported by an ensemble of some of the most accomplished and internationally recognized musicians in their fields. Throughout Infinita, Rollins melds an eclectic mix of Latin and Middle Eastern musical influences with his virtuoso, Spanish-tinged guitar style, creating a lush musical tapestry that pushes the boundaries of world music.|
Infinita features the legendary Brazilian singer Flora Purim and percussion superstar Airto Moreira, as well as Persian-American producer and musician Shahin Shahida of the Billboard chart-topping group Shahin & Sepehr, multi-platinum-selling producer Dominic Camardella (Ottmar Liebert, Flora Purim), Grammy winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, Azerbaijani folk instrument virtuoso Imamyar Hassanov, Afghan vocal and harmonium master Humayun Khan, percussionist and drummer Davo Bryant of the Ottmar Liebert band, veteran trumpet player Jeff Elliot (Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinson band), bassist Randy Tico (Strunz & Farah, Flora Purim), and Pejman Hadadi, the world-renowned master of the Persian 'tombak' drum.
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Lawson Rollins (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Shahin Shahida (vocals, electric guitar, strings, piano, electric piano, keyboards, synthesizer, vibraphone, drums, drum programming); Airto Moreira (vocals, percussion); Flora Purim, Diana Moreira Booker (vocals); Wynne Paris (sarod); Charlie Bisharat (violin); Justin C. Claveria (saxophone); Jeff Elliot (trumpet); Dominic Camardella (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Randy Tico (bass instrument); Dave Bryant (drums, percussion); David Bryant (drum); Pejman Hadadi (tombak).|
|Audio Mixer: Dominic Camardella.|
|Recording information: Santa Barbara Sound Design; SOS Studios, VA.|
|Editor: Dominic Camardella.|
|Master of the Spanish guitar Lawson Rollins cannily imbues his instrumentals with a host of global influences including ragas, bossa nova, flamenco, and a variety of Middle Eastern flavors. Yet the distinctive nylon-string sound and super-slick production unifies the songs into a cohesive whole, much like the work he did with partner Dan Young in Young & Rollins. Guest stars Flora Purim and Airto Moreira lend additional credibility to his third studio outing.|
Producer: Dominic Camardella; Lawson Rollins; Shahin Shahida; Dominic Camardella; Shahin Shahida
Engineer: Dominic Camardella
|Release Date : 05/20/2008|
|Original Release Date : 2008|
|Catalog ID : 200|
|Label : Infinita Records|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00894437002009|
- "The simultaneously haunting and uplifting strains of rumba are in the forefront on such tunes as 'Echoes of Madrid,' where Charlie Bisharat's violin contributes to the drama."
- "[Rollins and company] offer a skilled and graceful fusion that should cause many listeners to sit up and take notice."
Lawson developed a love for the Spanish guitar in his mid-teens when he discovered the recordings of classical guitar maestro, Andres Segovia. He put aside what had been his primary instrument since the age of 8 - the drums - and dedicated himself to learning the music of the great Spanish composers that Segovia popularized. Through private study and with encouragement and inspiration from guitar teachers and master class workshops, Lawson quickly developed his own expressive voice on the guitar and honed an uncommonly dexterous classical fingerstyle technique that he exclusively uses to this day. By his early twenties, Lawson's keen sense of rhythm, knack for composition, and love of improvisation led him away from the classical repertoire and in the direction of the rhythmically enticing Spanish folk guitar styles and the improvisational freedom of Latin jazz and South American music.
Embarking on his first outing as a solo artist, Lawson Rollins has widened his compositional palette with his 2008 album, Infinita. On the recording Lawson crafts a lush World Music tapestry, featuring an eclectic, all star ensemble of 18 musicians, singers, and producers from the Middle East, South America, Europe and the United States, with additional contributions from a string orchestra in Prague. Infinita features exotic instrumentation and prominent references to Persian, Arabic, and Indian music, as well as Latin and South American musical traditions. Weaving through this expansive soundscape is the distinctive guitar work and timeless compositional voice of Lawson Rollins. As the Portuguese title Infinita suggests, the music on the album is unconfined by genre restrictions and embraces a spirit of infinite creative possibility and wide-reaching artistic vision.