Paco De Lucia: Chiquito

"Chiquito," Paco De Lucia's tribute to Chick Corea, first appeared on The Guitar Trio's Passion, Grace and Fire. De Lucia, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin burned on that version. This performance also kills but in a different way. The lead melody is played by flutist Jorge Pardo. His notes flutter into the French air giving the tune's melody a better chance to shine than on the earlier interpretation, which was more rhythmic in nature. Soon De Lucia and Ramon DeAlgeciras are strumming their asses off. It is a challenge for your listening to keep up. The crowd reacts with a yelled-out passion at each dramatic turn. Eventually the breakneck Spanish rhythms propel the music into the olésphere. This live recording is so "alive" that you feel you are there cheering the brilliance on. I thank my stars for the day flamenco giant Paco De Lucia got interested in jazz.

January 02, 2009 · 0 comments


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