Excellent addition to any fusion music collection
Somehow passed over and nearly forgotten, languishing in the shadow of the 'Friday Night in San Francisco' set, is this great album from the guitar hero team. The immediacy of that first release is still here but this session benefits from the quiet calm of the studio and less chance for the these luminaries to get caught up in showmanship. Rather, a proper selection of music is heard and the delicate balance the three achieve between jazz spontaneity, Spanish heat, and the precision of Latin fusion is more clearly rendered than on the beloved but somewhat cold 'Friday Night'. And the music is better, too, if only from lack of exposure.
Essential: a masterpiece of fusion music
The day I heard these three musicians, I was literally "combed back." Well, is that this concert became part of the essential in guitar history (long before fashion "unplugged").
Jazz and flamenco first crossed paths not in Spain, but in the USA when Miles Davis and arranger/composer Gil Evans recorded “Sketches of Spain” in November 1959 and March 1960. It became one of the most successful jazz albums of all time. And the jazz musicians in Spain? They attempted to emulate – as did their colleagues world-wide – the American model. Jazz stood for open-mindedness; national folklore was thought of as too parochial. Spanish saxophonist Pedro Iturralde was the only musician who, under the influence of “Sketches of Spain”, added a couple of flamenco melodies to his repertoire as he toured Europe accompanied by two Germans and a Swiss. That’s why Joachim-Ernst Berendt sought him out to play at the 1967 Berlin Jazz Festival. With the festival’s motto “Jazz Meets the World”, Berendt was looking…
My tribute and applause to this brilliant guitarist, R.I.P. Paco.
In 1982, Paco put on a series of concerts with jazz pianist Chick Corea. Corea was a considerable influence on him in the 1980s and he and McLaughlin adapted a version of his piece "Spain", performing it live together several times in the mid to late 1980s.
The singing and flamenco guitar come together in a very serious way with this recording of two ridges figures like Antonio Fernández Díaz 'Fosforito' and Paco de Lucía. This album was a complete creation of Fosforito in all lyrics of various songs, facing flamenco styles of substance as 'seguiriyas', 'tientos' or 'soleares', greening others obsolete as 'alboreás', 'romeras' or 'livianas', and bringing his own style as the 'zángano'. Fosforito was accompanied with the guitar of Paco de Lucía in a priceless task of strengthening his singing, sober and deep, with no concessions to easy.
Double CD album on the work of the great guitarist Paco de Lucía. Give a compilation with some of the highlights of his career successes, taking titles from recordings made between 1967 and 1991.