Thursday, February 27, 2014

R.I.P.: Paco de Lucia

Paco de Lucia, considered by his fans and critics to be the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, died Wednesday February 26, 2014 in Mexico of a heart attack. The 66-year-old musician was a modern superstar in a Roma, or Gypsy, tradition that is hundreds of years old.

De Lucia's use of jazz and other non-Roma influences in his music often raised the eyebrows of traditionalists. It also attracted the attention of jazz guitarists Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, who invited him to form a trio that allowed de Lucia to indulge his jazz passions without traditionalists looking over his shoulder. They released the classic album Friday Night In San Francisco in 1980.

Eric Clapton referred to de Lucia as “a titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar”. MORE HERE & HERE

Paco De Lucia / Ramon De Algeciras En Hispanoamerica

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