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In their new CD Altamira, guitarist Gabor Olgyay and percussionist Aurel Hollo of Hungary give us an intensely entertaining blend of world music and jazz.  While the musical stylings vary throughout, the most present sounds are those of the classical guitar, the meringue and wind instruments as well as occasional gentle vocals.  The compositions range from a more classic Spanish feel and hints of Hungarian folk, to more experimental jazz and new age flavored pieces, and each song progresses throughout the CD from the classical to modern jazz, making for a most enriching musical journey.

In this journey, listeners will start out with Abel, a gorgeous melody rich with the sounds of a Spanish inspired classical guitar, flute, bass guitar, even maracas.  Sunny, mediterranean, and a little jazzy, the feeling remains throughout the CD, but merges more often with gentle jazz rhythms and a decidedly contemporary sound.  The overall impression is of a warm and vibrant collection of Old World meets New, making Altamira a project worthy of an earnest listen.

Want to win your own copy of Altamira?  We have TWO to give away! ($12.97 retail, each)

Or if you can’t wait…

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just visit the Altamira CDBaby page and listen to a few samples in the left-hand column.  Tell me what you like about the music and why. (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment.  If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry - I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Thursday, May 14, 2009, to enter.


  1. I would love the chance to win, thanks.

  2. Here’s hoping for some relaxing listening soon!

  3. happy wednesday

  4. I really liked Remedios.

  5. Wednesday’s entry. Thanks!

  6. We like the ambient music!

  7. philip halter

    great prize

  8. It has a very worldly unusual quality to it and I like that it’s different than what we’d normally hear on the radio.

  9. Subscriber!

  10. Dolores Olsen

    I am a jazz lover and an outdoors feel good lover so these blend beautifully and I would play it in my back yard as I am working with nature.

  11. I would love the chance to win,thanks.

  12. philip halter

    love the sound

  13. A lucky final entry for some fabulous music!

  14. Love to win this!

  15. happy thursday!

  16. Thursday’s entry. Thanks!

  17. Annmarie Walsh

    I’d love to hear it! My 9 yr old daughter plays Sax and has suddenly learned so much about Jazz performers that it scares me! She takes out jazz CD’s in the library! I’m so proud of her!

  18. Buddy Garrett

    I like the different sounds of the music. It blends the old and the new in a fresh, unique sound.

  19. I have just recently been getting into world music and I like how it has this kind of…earthy feel to it. I am not sure if that makes sense, but that is how it makes me feel.

  20. I am a subscriber!


  22. I love the guitar.. I also play!

  23. I like the lyrics because they’re very interesting!

  24. I subscribed by email.