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Eric Fernandez: Magic Gipsy

Meditative New Age setting-meets-deep flamenco guitar on Eric Fernandez’s Magic Gipsy (Higher Octave World HOW CD 47705; 43:35), which despite its Enigma-like hybrid aspirations puts forth some exotic arrangements and first-rate play by its featured guitarist. The New Age touches can distract (the programmed hand claps and synth couch detract from the mournful, twisted cries of the Arabian violin on the mysterious “Salam-el-Maghreb”), but occasionally provide a strikingly universal point

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