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Paco de Lucia, RIP

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Spanish Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.

The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor's office in Algeciras in southern Spain, where he was born.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/26/showbiz/paco-de-lucia-death/

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RIP. Just picked up the Jazz Flamenco cd from DG, which is a fascinating set.

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Wow. What a loss. I saw him in the early 80s I think.

RIP Paco.

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What a fabulous musician and composer. I will miss him. Saw him live in Newark NJ a couple of years ago... great concert!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E52cxToA2O4

With Chick Corea.

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I saw him once in the late seventies with Al Di Meola and John Mc Laughlin forming a great trio of guitarists. I think they also recorded an album.

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Francisco Sanchez, Paco de Lucía (Documentary)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wzH6Ry32nU

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Paco de Lucía did one album with John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell (Castro Marín, 1981), and three with McLaughlin and Al di Meola (Friday Night in San Francisco, 1981, Passion, Grace and Fire, 1983, and The Guitar Trio, 1996). Famous as they are, I don't think they give a fair measure of Paco's artistry. Anyone interested in his work should check out Siroco, Zyryab, and Sólo quiero caminar and Live... One Summer Night (these two with the sextet) and going further back Almoraima or his first solo album, recorded when he as 19, La Fabulosa Guitarra de Paco de Lucía. Even the 2-CD compilations Universal has released over the years are not so bad.

I've written about Paco in my blog. This has hit harder than expected, and in my case it may be because Paco was the first musician I was ever aware of (I was three when "Entre dos aguas" came out), and his rumbas are the first syncopated music I ever heard.

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Yes, that's true. These collaborations are not on a par with his flmaneco work. And the concert per se was not a flamenco affair. But still it was a reunion of some great guitarists, of which only one was a flamenco player.

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I think the most interesting tracks on Castro Marín are those without McLaughlin and Coryell. (One or both play on two of the seven tracks.)

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