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Paco De Lucia

While I don't think this belongs in the jazz forum, I don't think it belongs in the classical one either. Anyway, my brother sent me this video last night of Paco De Lucia. I've loved and listened to Paco for years and have seen him perform a few times, but he seemed jaded and uninspired. Like he was putting on a show without any regards to the music, just to fill in his legend status.

This short clip shows a different Paco. Inspired, motivated, incredibly talented (as he always will be), fast, clean, and showing true prowess in terms of individual composition skills. The clip is only one minute long, but notice the slow melodious start, then the quick build between the two alternating chords and riffing, another segment of chords, and finally an explosion of movement. An honest and beautiful and intense piece in just one minute.

Also check out his thumb movement. Its so funny to watch the videos of him with Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin, because he's playing just as fast as those kids using his fingers instead of a pick.

Here's the video.

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Re: Paco De Lucia

Oh yeah, that's playing the guitar.

I actually think that Di Meola and McLaughlin were out of there element in that concert. They were trying to match Paco and didn't have the chops. I'll admit, I've always hated that concert and maybe this is why. It always seemed like a terrible hodge podge of chopfest. Maybe it was all Paco's fault because he made the two other guys so insecure. (BTW, I love John and Al's other work, mostly).

Dave

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ehhh. Out of their element?

I don't know about that. I'm assuming you're referring to the San Francisco concert. I think that the level of collaboration on that album/concert was enough so that none of them were out of their element. They had definitely played together before and each other's style is so incredibly different from the other.

Paco is hands down the best though. Then John. Then Al (although I like early Al more than John). I feel like Al later in his career just started playing way too fast, as you can see in that concert. Maybe its him trying to keep up, but in general, he moved his emphasis more towards shredding rather than phrasing.


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I've always hated that concert and maybe this is why. It always seemed like a terrible hodge podge of chopfest.

No way! well maybe a little bit of a chopfest, but not a hodge podge. All that stuff had been written out and performed before either by those three or others. Frevo Rasgado by Gismonti and Tales of a Black Forest by Chick Corea (my favorite track on that album), are both well composed classics (plus a little Pink Panther bonus).

In comparison of the three again, Paco is undoubtedly the best, and probably the greatest guitarist of all time in all realms. thats right. Al needs to get back on track. His style and tone in Return to Forever was classic (hopefully, he will kick just as much ass with them when I see them in August...reunion tour!). His early to mid 80s solo work is also very good. So was World Sinfonia. And John McLaughlin is a genius. He's so out. He's the Coltrane of guitar.

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Re: Paco De Lucia

His left hand reminds me of that of a fine 'cellist - like a dancing spider. Magical.

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Re: Paco De Lucia

Which album of his would you recommend?

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From Paco, I would recommend definitely Siroco or Cositas Buenas.

For all three of the guys (De Lucia, McLaughlin, and Di Meola), get The Guitar Trio. It has a little less of what Dave was describing as "chopfest" and a more concentrated effort on making beautiful guitar music. I have also recently fallen in love with Passion, Grace, and Fire.

Finally, Castro Marin is simply beautiful, and features McLaughlin and Larry Coryell.

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Thanks !

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Re: Paco De Lucia

Well, I'll try it again. I've got about 500 guitar CDs and had this on the original vinyl and could just never understand it. Maybe in my "old age" it'll be clearer to me.

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Tell me what you think after you give it another listen.

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