( 3'11, 1.45Mo)


Extrait de ANTOLOGIA (1995).


"Paco De Lucia (Francisco Sanchez Gomez), Algeciras (Cadiz) 12-21-1947;

Paco De Lucia was born in the suitable atmosphere to be trained as flamenco guitarist, receiving technical knowledge from his father Antinio and his brother Ramon since he was seven He has as mentors, just to name a few, the guitarists, Nino Ricardo, Miguel Borrull, Mario Escudero and Sabicas, however, it is important to make stand out of the figure of his father, Antonio Sanchez who in D. E. Pohren's opinion, Paco de Lucia's biographer, designed a "master plan" to make his son Paco into the history's greatest flamenco guitarist. Constancy in the study and contract with the flamenco world were the basic premises of the plan. After a training period (1952-58) he plays his first performance in public in Radio Algeciras in 1958. In 1959 he obtains the special award in the Festival Concurso Internacional Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera. He accompanies on singing to his brother Pepe in the duet "Los Chiquitos de Algeciras" obtaining a special award in Jerez in 1962. He goes on his first tour abroad as guitarist to accompany singing and dance on JosŤ Greco's Company in 1963. In New York, he comes into contact with Sabicas and Mario Escudero, however, Paco De Lucia will be considered as part of the Guitarist School on Nino Ricardo, He moves with his family to Madrid in 1964. He records two albums with Ricardo Modrego in 1965, with popular themes from Garcia Lorca and three records with his brother Ramon de Algeciras. His father set up a flamenco club in the basements of Los Gabrieles where Paco de Lucia could listen to the singing of the most outstanding flamenco singers of that period. He records, accompanying singing of A. Fernandez Diaz Fosforito the Seleccion Antologica del Cante Flamenco, accompanying also to Lebrijano and he collaborates on recording with the jazz saxophonist, Pedro Iturralde. In 1967, he goes on a tour with the Festival Flamenco Gitano, year in which he records his first solo record, La fabulosa guitarra de Paco de Lucia where it can be noticed the influence of Nino Ricardo, Sabicas and Mario Escudero. In 1968, in the Torres Bermejas plank floor he knows Camaron de la Isla with shom he will record more than 10 records until he dies in July 1992. In 1969 he records Fantasia Flamenca which, in some way, defines his style when he was 22. It begins a glorious period for Paco de Lucia that finishes in the huge guitar recitals of the seventies, as the one performed in the Palau de La Musica, Barcellona (1970), and the one at the Teatro Real, Madrid (1975). In 1973 he records Fuente y Caudal included the famous hit "Entre dos Aguas" that will make him famous. Since 1977 he gets in touch with the guitarists Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin and Larry Corryell with whom he will give several concerts in that which Paco de Lucia defines as mixing of players but not of musics and they will record two records. In 1977 he gets married with Casilda Varela, they have three children. From his contact with jazz, it will emerge a period of searching in the melodies and harmonies developed up to that date without separating for the pure flamingo style. In 1978, he records, accompanied by the group Dolores, a tribute to Falla, being a big significance in the musical circles of the Spanish political transition. In 1981 he sets up the sextet: Jorge Pardo, Carles Benevent, Rubem Dantas, Ramon de Algeciras and Pepe de Lucia. He keeps in contact with Chick Corea since 1982, which will be the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between the two players. In 1986, Paco de Lucia comes into a phase of his career that closes in some way the circle opened since his record tribute to Falla, returning to that music with solo guitar. The sextet won't come back to the spotlight until 1991 including Manuel Soler as flamenco dancer and percussionist. In 1986 he settles a trio with J.M. Bandera and J. M. Canizares that will survive until 1990. With the release of the record Siroco (1987) Paco reaches unsuspected results, since it implies the culmination of his aesthetic ideals. In 1990 he releases Ziryab with the sextet and the collaboration of Chick Corea. In 1991 he records with Orquesta de Cadaques Concierto de Aranjuez from J. Rodrigo. In 1993 he records his second live record with the sextet, titled Live in America."



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