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Paco De Lucia revolutionized flamenco guitar playing, and contributed to the renewal of flamenco by integrating sounds and instruments from other forms of music. He is the premier flamenco guitarist in Spain, Paco de Lucia. Francisco Sánchez Gómez was born in Algeciras, a city in the province of Cádiz, in the Southernmost tip of Spain on December 21st, 1947. His stage name is homage to his mother Lucia Gómez. In 1958, at only age 11, de Lucia made his first public appearance and a year later he was awarded a special prize in the Jerez flamenco competition. At 14 he was touring with the flamenco troupe of dancer Jose Greco

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Article: Six Picks

August 2022

Read "August 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Binker Golding Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy Gearbox Records 2022 A place where folk, gospel and jazz meet in tuneful harmony with each other is a place where the likes of Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny spent some of the most original and prolific years of their ...

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

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Article: Album Review

John McLaughlin: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Montreux Jazz Festival and John McLaughlin have shared a special bond since the English guitarist first performed at the internationally renowned Swiss festival in 1972, with The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Since then, the ever-searching McLaughlin has returned numerous times, with almost every formation he has ever led. This double vinyl or single-CD release is effectively a sampler, ...

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Article: Live Review

Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Hong Kong International Jazz Festival 2021 Hong Kong City Hall October 27-28, 2021 Forced to restrict programming to locally based musicians, the always enjoyable Hong Kong International Jazz Festival's greatest surprise this year came early in Chi Chau's Choice, a super-ish group of HK luminaries assembled ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Solo Piano - Yin and Yang

Read "Solo Piano - Yin and Yang" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Cornelius Claudio Kreusch Transformer Self Produced 2021 Though it's easy enough for a player to find a home niche, Cornelius Claudio Kreusch sounds like he won't really be satisfied until he's practically tried them all. Classically-trained and having whirled through fusion, funk, Latin, African, film scores and probably too much else ...

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Article: Live Review

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2021

Read "Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival 2021" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY June 26-27, 2021 The possibility of Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival returning this year was shaky in the spring months of 2021. COVID was showing signs of remission, but troubles still lingered. Both Danny Melnick, president of Absolutely Live ...

Article: Interview

Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues

Read "Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues" reviewed by Paolo Marra


A 91 anni Dino Piana ha ancora voglia di suonare come quando da bambino lo faceva con un pezzo di legno sullo scalino di casa--"non potrei stare un giorno senza suonare, starei male perché ho bisogno di esprimermi" così ci dice il trombonista piemontese nell'intervista che abbiamo realizzato in occasione dell'uscita del suo nuovo disco Al ...

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Article: Album Review

Larry Coryell: Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland

Read "Larry Coryell's Last Swing With Ireland" reviewed by Ian Patterson


In his latter life, Larry Coryell was a frequent visitor to Ireland, where he would invariably hitch up with bassist David Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady, the esteemed rhythm team for the likes of Tommy Halferty, Bill Carrothers, Norma Winstone and Ian Shaw. In May 2016, during Coryell's last trip to Ireland, he entered Dublin's Hellfire ...

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Article: Album Review

John Walsh: Irlandalucía

Read "Irlandalucía" reviewed by Ian Patterson


A blindfold test for this platter might well elicit the names of Vicente Amigo, Niño Josele or Tomatito, as the listener casts around for well-known contemporary flamenco guitarists --so impressive are these seven dashing originals. The composer and guitarist hails not from the south of Spain, however, but from the south of Ireland. John Walsh first ...


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