Today's artist was a wonder of the Guitar world sharing with so many his expressive skill and nature. He touched many throughout the world during his life. He was noted for his innovation and colour in harmony and his remarkable dexterity, technique, strength and fluidity in his right hand, capable of executing extremely fast and fluent picados. A master of contrast, he often juxtaposes picados with rasgueados and other techniques and often adds abstract chords and scale tones to his compositions with jazz influences. These innovations saw him play a key role in the development of traditional Flamenco and the evolution of New Flamenco and Latin jazz fusion from the 1970s.
He received acclaim for his recordings with flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla in the 1970s, recording 10 albums together. Some of his best known recordings include "Río Ancho" (later fused with Al Di Meola's "Mediterranean Sundance"), "Entre dos aguas", "La Barrosa", "Ímpetu", "Cepa Andaluza" and "Gloria al Niño Ricardo". His collaborations with guitarists John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Larry Coryell in the late 1970s saw him gain wider popularity outside his native Spain. Many a news bullitin in civilized nations carried his death of a heart attack today. A global star is no more, he always gave 100% he just couldn't perform any other way, his music will vibrate the air tonight and forever.
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Today's mystery album was released in 1994 it is an Anthology of (a Limited 2 Cd version) that complies his two `Antologia' albums into 2 disks (1 disk for each Anthology), and for a double album that weights in at over 24 tracks, you'd think that you'd have had your fill of contemporary flamenco, way before then....but you'd be mistaken. This collection of early works is fabulous. The technical magic he performs with such dexterity with his fingers is truly amazing, it is mesmerizing. That anyone can produce such fluid rapid fire attacks on the guitar is a testament to the fact that some individuals are truly blesssed. That we can share his talents via CD's is something to not be missed. The songs on this superb collection are vintage Paco, before his forays into jazz expermentation, just beautiful guitar work. The styles displayed on this album run the gamut from bulerias, tanguillos, tangos to rhumbas, all with exceptional skill. This is, for the most part quiet music, although it is so fiery that it definately stimulates the mind. The guitar as the focal point of interest is no easy task unless of course the talents are those of our mystery star. There is a song that is very lovely that he performed in the film "Flamenco" entitled "Solo Quiero Caminar", complete with accompanying vocals ala estilo gitano. Another beautiful track is his rendition of Falla's "Danza Ritual del Fuego" in which he performs with such warmth and rhythmn that is countered by hand clapping and whirling flute that it is no wonder it is "El Amor Brujo." All of the tracks are strong and display his numerous talents by allowing him to show the many sides of flamenco. Some of the songs have a "jam session" feel to them as though the guitarists got together for some majica gitano. If you love flamenco you can't get enough of our mystery star. This is packaged to show some of his best early work, it was a qualified gold album in Spain at the time and it's likely to be selling again now the master has left us to teach the angels on how to play guitar.
Goldy Rhox 149 (flac 652mb) re-upped
Goldy Rhox 149 (ogg 301mb)
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