Friday, September 13, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Paco de Lucia

Artist:Paco de Lucia
Song:Monasterio de Sal
Album:Entre Dos Aguas

Most North American fans will know about Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia when he crossed over to jazz with The Guitar Trio with John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola in 1979. But he is primarily a flamenco guitarist and he is greatly admired because of his technique. He was born Francisco Sanchez Gomez Dec. 21, 1947 in Algecirus, Andalusia, Spain. His father was flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez and his brother Ramon de Algecirus was a guitarist and his other brother Pepe de Lucia is a singer. Paco de Lucia learned to play guitar at a very early age and as a teen he toured with dancer Jose Greco. He first recorded in 1964 and was very popular in Europe through the 70s. But his recordings with The Guitar Trio introduced de Lucia to jazz fans. Jazz musicians already knew about him as they would see him perform at European jazz festivals. de Lucia recorded and toured with pianist Chick Corea in 1983. And he also composed the music for the 1984 film The Hit. The Guitar Trio ended in 1986 and though de Lucia would occasionally play jazz, for the most part he returned to his flamenco roots. Monasterio de Sal is from de Lucia's 1981 album Solo Quiero Caminar with his sextet. Entre Dos Aguas is a good intro to de Lucia's music as it covers his music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. de Lucia moved to Mexico in the 90s and then returned to Spain in 2003. Since then he has slowed down his activity considerably. He tours occasionally and last recorded in 2004. He is considered to be a legend by fans of guitar technique. Here's Paco de Lucia performing Monasterio de Sol in Germany Aug. 1981.

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