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Paco De Lucia

The role of the flamenco guitar evolved considerably through the playing of Paco de Lucia (born Francisco Sanchez Gomez). The son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez and the brother of a flamenco guitarist, Ramón de Algeciras, and flamenco singer, Pepe de Lucia, Paco de Lucia extended the former accompaniment-only tradition of flamenco guitar to include deeply personal melodic statements and modern instrumentation. His collaborations included ten albums with flamenco vocalist El Camaron de la Isla and work with American pianist Chick Corea and the Guitar Trio, featuring guitarists John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, and Al DiMeola. His recordings with his sextet, which included his brothers Ramón and Pepe, include such groundbreaking masterpieces as La Fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucia, Fantasia Flamenca, Fuente y Caudal, Almoraima, and Zyryab. Yet, de Lucia did not completely forsake traditional flamenco. His 1980 album, Interpreta a Manuel de Falla, paid homage to the classical composer and flamenco enthusiast, while his 1987 album, Siroco, marked a return to pure flamenco. "I have never lost the roots in my music," de Lucia said during a late-'90s interview, "because I would lose myself. What I have tried to do is have a hand holding onto tradition and the other scratching, digging in other places, trying to find new things I can bring into flamenco."

Born in Algeciras, a small city in southernmost Spain's Cadiz province, de Lucia was bred to be a world-class musician. He trained with his father and brother from the age of five. Mastering the art of flamenco guitar by his 11th birthday, he made his public performance debut on Radio Algeciras in 1958. A year later, he received a special award at the Festival Concurso International Flamenco de Jerez de la Frontera. Heralded as a child prodigy, de Lucia was invited to join the flamenco troupe led by dancer José Greco at the age of 16. He remained with the group for three years. A turning point in de Lucia's musical development came while on tour with Greco's troupe in North America. Meeting Sabicas, the first flamenco guitarist to tour the world, he was instructed to pursue his own style of playing. Although he remained tied to traditional flamenco on his first two solo albums -- La Fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucia in 1967 and Fantasia Flamenca in 1969 -- and recorded ten albums accompanying flamenco vocalist de la Isla, de Lucia continued to seek a personal approach. The renowned guitarist died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack in Mexico in February 2014; he was 66 years old. The city of Algeciras, de Lucia's birthplace, declared two days of official mourning. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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Too cool for the room -excellence !
I got a chance to see him in concert in Spain several times in the mid 70's also say him and his lady at a disco several times Near Puerto Sta Maria. great artist and he will surely be missed
Descanse en paz maestro, lo vera cuando llege...
rodericw1
First connected to this wonderful artist when he did accompanying guitar work in the flamenco dance movies of Carlos Saura, especially Carmen. Have been an avid fan since, and his departure earlier this year was a great loss to the world of music. Long live the music of Paco!
En gloria estes maestro!
basusri133b
RIP Paco, you were the best. Thanks for the music.
I have playing Paco de Lucia all Sunday as an homage to him, he has give me so many.good memories...H e will never be replaced? Paco for ever!
R.I.P. What an amazing musician and guitarist. You will be missed.
altair59
Que Dios te Bendigas maestro
Love and respect from Tasmania
Ahora le toca bulerías a mi madre.
angelicasilv a b
Ahora tocando guitarra con los Angeles
mannysotelo
God Bless. R I P
mongaman
Triste.... porque tan temprano, Maestro?? :(
So sad to loose this great so soon! - Soy de acuerdo con Jaime - hasta que entonces...
Maestro, cuanto gozo nos ha dado, que El Señor le guarde. Hasta que entonces, cuando escuchemos su guitarra nuevamente.
alexandravil l a r r o s a
Tu buen arte vive por siempre!! Hasta pronto Genio de La Guitarra.... Que Dios te guarde!!!
Hoy se nos ha ido Paco. La guitarra se queda huerfana. Los angeles, alla arriba estaran tocando Entre dos aguas. Adios, maestro, hasta siempre!
RIP SIR
A grand master!
The best of the best, pure Spanish tradition; an emblem of the grandiose Spanish culture, beautiful, long live Spain, Arriba España.
A living master of the guitar. As good as it gets.
ugarci
Have been fan since I heard him play in the 70's. The greatest!
Try not to tap your toes...just try not to!
Just simply incredible. His music opens the heart to the sun.
SU MUSICA ME LLEGA AL ALMA. ME ENCANTA ENTRE DOS AGUAS. OJALA PUEDA ESCUCHARLO PERSONALMENT E . C U A N D O VIENE A FLORIDA?
Adoro a Paco de Lucia. I saw him in concert in Udine, Italy. Es un maestro.
sacredfun6
Greatest living guitarist
con su musica ,hacen que se muevan los hilos del alma . i love it.
mperezriestr a
Excelente
Aaaaah!! Dualing Paco's. Paco Pen'a vs Paco DeLuc'ia. DMB
Sencillament e genial
Paco es el mejor cuando lo escuchas alucinas y no quieres que acabe es una sensación inexpicable que te envuelve en cuerpo y alma. es sin duda alguna el gran MAESTRO . Te admiro toti
Ole, Ole, Grande Maestro!!!
juan.dolan
i agree...it really does make you want to move to spain....
jeanjacque2
spectacular. makes you want to pack and move to spain/medite r n e a n region.
dieter694
Dieter Volkel, Miami FL
...this man is a genius ...let him play on forever !
gabesenior9
OLE, OLE, OLE Maestro!!!!
Great Passion. Just beutiful
johnnyohania n
He maybe losing his hair but not his skills! Bravo Amigo!.
gigibella4
Grazi milleee Pandora to bringing the past memory like it was yesterday... . I l Mistrooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o .
had an honor to have PACO and his dancer and a few friend in My Place when i was living in Cambridge Boston. They stayed for 3 days. I have them always in y heart. Bravisimaaaa a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a .
Viva Il Mistroo Viva PACO. Bravo Pandora
arriba!!! lalalalalala ! ! ! ! ! eeeeeeiiiiii i e e e e e e !
The bio needs a lot more work. Paco is probably the biggest name in flamenco music in the past 30 years.
Amazing Flamenco guitar. Saw him in Moscow long time ago. So moving....
glgreenway
How about updating this bio----He seems to have been busy in the years since 1969!
i love this (le nina de puerta oscura). Whenever I hear it I think of once of my favorite movies of all time in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
ty pandora for letting me relive some memories from when i lived in Spain
estel144
why, I am just now hearing this?? Very impressed..m a d e my night,,reall y . . thank you so much,, beautiful,,, s a l u t e . .
protectiontr u s t
paco el don que tiene es maravilloso, me pregunto alabara a Dios YAWHWE con ella ? sino que fin tiene tanta belleza. pero le aplaudo su estilo..
carpjm
Love this music!
This music is magical. Paco is playing the guitar in a manner as if he is the guitar. One piece, not apart yet together. Absolutely amazing. It brings tears to my eyes.
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