Paco de Lucia Guitar Art FestivalSava Centar Belgrade January, 12, 2010
Flamenco music is full of intense passion, fire, boiling emotions and grace. It is a profound and moving experience for everyone witnessing a true artist performing in this tradition. The music evokes a wide range of emotions--joy to despair, serenity to anger, happiness to sadness. The amount of emotion and passion displayed by these artists can be so overwhelming and enchanting that is sometimes unbearable. When first heard, it is the passion of the artists that ignites the soul of the listener. ...read more
I was in awe.
Paco de Lucia sat cross-legged, center stage, minimally illuminated, playing flamenco jazz that took my breath away with its virtuosity. How could this one guitarist be producing this many notes, I wondered, as I listened to the rich, soulful music that sprang from the south of Spain centuries ago. Flanking him were members of his sextet, even more dimly lighted, barely more than shadowy silhouettes, tapping out ever-changing rhythmic patterns on drums, other percussion instruments and clapping their hands, a staccato sound emulating the clicking of the heels of the imaginary dancers. What they call 'palmas.' ...read more
Most veteran jazz listeners probably came across Paco de Lucia during his rip-roaring '80s adventures alongside fellow guitarists John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola. In that particularly heated setting, each player aimed for pure intensity--and amazingly enough, nobody fell by the wayside.
Diehard flamenco fans probably found Paco de Lucia elsewhere. His first record, 1961's La Fabulosa Guitarra, featured his brother Pepe on vocals and proudly displayed a slicked-back hairstyle on the cover. It fell directly into the longstanding tradition of flamenco, a product of mixed peoples, including gypsy and Moor cultures. As de Lucia has grown older and ...read more
When a musician as rare and as skilled as Paco de Lucía falls silent for over five years, you might guess that he’s either suffering a nervous breakdown in relative privacy, or he’s busy composing some of the best music of his career (though some artists have managed to do both at once). Cositas Buenas would seem to be a confirmation of the latter hunch. It qualifies as the flamenco guitarist’s most praiseworthy album behind the still unparalleled Siroco (1987).
The reason for its exceptionality is clear. Cositas Buenas thrives on a vital tension, one which stems from ...read more