Melodic Complicity

Sunday, October 7, 2018
By Martin Myall

ALM Carlos Martin & Bill O'Haire Casa Juan Oct18Carlos doesn’t speak much English and Bill doesn’t speak much Spanish, but that’s not imporant because they converse in musical notes.

Last night these two 6-string wizards oozed out Jazz, Blues and Soul, letting each lead break cascade off the guitars’ fingerboards in almost telepathic synchronisity with the other’s bed of supporting chords.

Goddam, I would have burnt my bass when I got home to my cortijo afterwards, if there had been no risk of setting the parched mountainside alight!

They had no need of a bass or percussion because they blended chords and welded slick lead breaks into a complete sound; never too loud and never a bum note in sight.

I sat with a smile like a Cheshire Cat whilst Carlos Martín and Bill O’Haire glided effortlessly from Brazil to the Carlos Santana number, Samba Pa Tí before I had even realised what was happening.

Who needs Granada, San Sebastian or any other Jazz festival when down on the Costa Tropical we have musicians of such talent, art and blithe mastery weaving their melodic complicity.

Anybody who misses their next gig as Restaurante Casa Juan down on the Cabria Beach (Taramay, Almuñécar) on the 20th, should be shot at dawn… well, probably at a more civilised time and certainly not before breakfast.

Summing up, it was a Rolls-Royce performance in this tucked away, walled-garden, restaurant venue where Moroccan food is the speciality!

Enhorabuena Carlos and Bill for feasting our ears, and Ismael for the dishes, drinks and venue!

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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