The duo of Willie Royal and Wolfgang “Lobo” Fink can normally hang out in the new-age bins. But really, these guys deserve a category of their own. Call it Gypsy chic meets surfer-dude chic. (Their music was heard in a surfing documentary Blazing Longboards, and they’re both avid wave hoppers.) The duo sound like Ottmar Liebert on mild sedatives, but they’re turned down a notch from the passionate flamenco sound of guitarist Jesse Cook. On their 10th CD, guitarist Fink and violinist Royal called on longtime friend and trumpet superstar Rick Braun to perform and produce, and the result is some hard-earned magic.
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