Master Amongst Masters: Paco De Lucia
posted at 4/11/2012 10:30 PM EDTThere was a 2012 concerts thread. I forgot to add something.
The wife and I just got home from a flamenco concert lead by his lordship and master, Paco De Lucia. I'm telling you, this man knows his guitar a few thousand times better than I know my hand. Even if flamenco wasn't improv - with each player playing conductor temporarily and throwing the role silently to another player - his work would have been God-like. Watching him throw control back and forth between his second guitar - also fantastic - was something else.
He joins and likely exceeds Andre Segovia, John Williams, Ana Vidovic, et. al. I think that says a lot and then some.
As Greg might or should say, his Spanish Guitar is terrifying. It twists, turns, leads, follows, pushes, and pulls his band. Which itself is made up of fantastic players. I daresay the guy on harmonica rivals Magic Dick's Whammer Jammer. I swear he made it sound like a sax, then a flute, then...I don't know...the flamenco version of a blues harmonica?
Now I don't know what you call the style of singing, but all of the three singers took their turns. The thin guy in the hat was astounding, the larger guy only slightly less astounding.
While I don't pay as much attention to the dancer, this show kept the dancing limited. The dancer acts like a percussionist and conductor. Rather different but somehow also very similar to an orchestra conductor. Stamping feet add percussion. As each musician trades control between the other, there is also a second trade-off going: the dancer and the rest of the 'band.'
Though only about 1/4 of the performances had a dancer.
I hear that most flamenco is tripe dressed up for tourists. I've only been to two. First one was in Seville, Spain, on the honeymoon. Small little place. One guitarist, one dancer. Brilliant. And this show.
So I don't know how people would feel going to any other one. But if you love guitar, it is hereby declared that it is your holy mission and duty to go to a performance by Paco De Lucia.
Like Slash, he rules. Amen.
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Re: Master Amongst Masters: Paco De Lucia
posted at 4/12/2012 11:27 AM EDTIt may be taste, but it's also style of music. Vidovic and the others I raised are actually not the best comparisons because they are not flamenco players (or if they are I'm not aware). The major difference being that they play static pieces, not complex improvisations based around a simple rythm. So, it's sort of like trying to compare a concert jam session to someone's studio album.
I was seriously impressed with the almost purely improv. nature of Paco's performance and they way they throw the conductor role back and forth between each other.
And of course, I didn't sit down to do a serious comparison of song-by-song, rather, I had just returned very satisified from the performance. Who knows, perhaps on sober reflection I'd say something else.
Either way, the man was stellar. So too was the rest of his group.
Vidovic plays the best Asturias I've heard.