Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía will put a rose in his mouth and a guitar in his hands when he hits the highways and the byways to support his first studio recording in five years, Cositas Buenas (Verve), out January 27. The 56-year-old De Lucía’s collaborations with jazz musicians such as pianist Chick Corea and guitarists John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell and Al DiMeola have helped to expand the vocabulary of modern flamenco.
De Lucía’s touring sextet, which he organized in 1981 featuring bass, drums, percussion, flute and saxophone, has been drastically changed to capture the essence of the new CD. With Cositas Buenas, de Lucía once again twists the tenants of nuevo flamenco, layering his guitar with lute, bouzouki, and mandolin, accompanied by vocals from seven flamenco singers (including de Lucía), percussion and palmas (handclaps). To reflect this change, the new touring band features Alain Perez Rodriguez on bass, Israel Suarez Escobar on percussion, M. Subramanya Shashank on flute and three flamenco singers: Enrique Heredia Carbonell, Hermenia Borjas Gabarri and Victoria Santiago Borja.