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ENRIQUE MORENTE & LAGARTIJA NICK:

CANTANDO A FEDERICO GARCíA LORCA Y LEONARD COHEN

Spain 1996



"I'm very touched that my songs are played in flamenco style.
Nobody has performed my songs in this way before!"
- Leonard Cohen in El País, December 1996.





1. Omega 10:48
2. Pequeño vals Vienes 5:33
3. El Pastor Bobo 3:42
4. Manhattan 4:44
5. La Aurora de Nueva York 4:59
6. Sacerdotes 4:07
7. Niña Ahogada en el Pozo 3:45
8. Adán 4:14
9. Vuelta de Paseo 5:08
10. Vals en las Ramas 4:01
11. Aleluya 6:24
12. Norma y Paraiso de los Negros 4:34
13. Ciudad sin Sueño 5:46



This is a Spanish tribute to Lorca and Cohen in Flamenco style. Enrique Morente is a famous Spanish flamenco artist who met Leonard Cohen in Madrid in 1993. With this album, Morente wants to remember their friendship. Several outstanding Flamenco players -perhaps the best- were also invited to play: Vicente Amigo, Cañizares, M.A.Cortes, Montoyita, El Paquete, J.A.Salazar, Isidro Muñoz, Tomatito..

Lagartija Nick is a group of four musicians: Antonio Arias (bass), M.A.R. Pareja and Juan Codorniu (electric guitars) and Erik (drums and percussion). All songs were recorded in Granada, Sevilla and Madrid in September-October, 1996.

The songs are full of life, rhythm and love. Even Phil Spector would love this sound wall!


"Morente sufre y triunfa con Lorca y Cohen - Morente suffers and triumphs with Lorca and Cohen", El País, January 12, 1997

2. Pequeño vals Vienes - Take This Waltz

Lyrics by Federico García Lorca, music by Leonard Cohen. Here we have the original Spanish Lorca's poem, which was translated by Cohen for his song "Take This Waltz". Enrique Morente sings. Musicians: Tomas San Miguel (accordion and keyboards), El Bandolero (cajon), Javier Losada (bass), Jose Antonio Galicia (percussion).

4. Manhattan - First We Take Manhattan

Cohen's lyrics translated by Enrique Morente and Alberto Manzano. Music by Leonard Cohen. Estrella Morente and Enriquee Morente, vocals. Canizares, flamenco guitar. Aurora Carbonell and Estrella Morente, clapping.

6. Sacerdotes - Priest(s)

Cohen's lyrics translated by Enrique Morente and Alberto Manzano. Music by Leonard Cohen. Enrique Morente, vocals. Tomatito and Montoyita, guitars. Tino di Geraldo, cajon. Las Negri, Aurora Carbonell, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, chorus. Antonio Carbolenn and El Negri, clapping.

11. Aleluya - Hallelujah # 2

Cohen's lyrics translated by Enrique Morente and Alberto Manzano. Music by Leonard Cohen. Enrique Morente, vocals. Lagartija Nick, the band. Vicente Amigo, flamenco guitar. Tino di Geraldo, cajon. Las Negri, Aurora Carbonell, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, chorus.


This album was issued in Spain in 1996 by El Europeo Musica. Cat. # EEM 001.


Use this link to KCWR Radio to hear Morente's "Aleluya# 2" and "First We Take Manhattan" in RealAudio and Cohen's comments! Make a search for Leonard Cohen.



Thanks to Juan Luis Corcobado Cartes and Javier Carballo in Spain,
and Martin Rupps who was the first to find the album!
Enrique Morente's b/w photo from El País/EFE, January 12, 1997.

Photo on the left: Enrique Morente meets Ms. Esther Cohen in New York (November 2003). Photo © Robert Bower. Used with permission.



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