Liebert spent most of last year working on two new, yet very different albums, Bare Wood 2002-2012 is a compilation of favorite songs from the first decade of music he recorded on his label. What makes this album different from other compilations is that he stripped the music down to the bare essentials; Flamenco guitar, bass and percussion. The keyboards, drum machines, electric guitars were removed. What remains is bare wood. Gorgeous rich wooden sound surrounded by a lot of space to breath and dream.
As the title notes, Innamorare is indeed languid summer stock–blowzy like a breeze in the warmth of the sun, and, to the delight of his detractors, relatively light and lazy fare. While the album is not the fiery brand of traditional flamenco, Ottmar Liebert here marries his fusion of New Age jazz with ethnic rhythmic structures, making seductively sensual music that captures the spirit of romance rather than the white-hot technical virtuosity of his peers. Hunky Liebert makes what can be described as mood music for restaurants, bathtubs, and bedrooms and may well be the New Age woman's equivalent of the bodice-ripper crowd's Fabio. Fans of Liebert will relish the piquant elegance of "Ballad 4 Santana," bask in the warmth of "Desert Elysium," and luxuriate in the bittersweet strains of "Farewell 2 Summer." –Paige La Grone
Fresh from opening up for Natalie Cole on her 1993 tour, Ottmar Liebert will begin his own tour with the spectacular new release The Hours Between Night and Day. Breaking new stylistic ground, Liebert combines the intimacy of acoustic guitar with electric musicianship mixed with light touches of computer-added harmonies. Spanish flamenco, the signature sound so strongly associated with Liebert and Luna Negra, is still easily heard on this new title, perhaps nowhere so apparent as on the Spanish language Marvin Gaye classic "Mercy Mercy Me….". Album nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.