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Paco de Lucia: Flamenco Buena

Paco de Lucia

Most flamenco fans can trace the music’s history to either Before Paco or After Paco, such is Paco de Lucia’s influence on the music. On his newest CD, Cositas Buenas (Blue Thumb), he once again pushes the music forward by looking to the past.

Flamenco purists vilify de Lucia for incorporating classical, Afro-Cuban and jazz elements into his music yet no one can deny his prodigious knowledge of the music’s traditions or his ability to perform it like no other guitarist before him. He insists all of his musical explorations and innovations are based on a solid commitment to flamenco tradition. “Everything I have heard has influenced me as a musician. But I have been careful about putting it in the music-my flamenco is not a fusion. I have always been careful that it doesn’t lose the essence and the roots and the traditions of flamenco. I have incorporated other styles, but they have not altered the philosophy of my music.”

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