"Another veteran garnering rave reviews is singer and guitarist James Armstrong. Living Blues magazine described him as being a "well-balanced combination of fire, technical proficiency and taste." James embarked on his first cross country tour while in his teens, and later played alongside such blues greats as Albert Collins and Big Joe Turner. He released his debut album in 1995, Sleeping With A Stranger."
what does "fire" mean in this context? Does it mean sth like passion?
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