UPDATE 20th NOVEMBER. Rod Fogg’s REVIEW of the concert is also published.
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London Jazz Festival Preview
Paco De Lucia Royal Festival Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 18th November(Sold Out- Returns Only – Preview by Andrew McCormack*)
Ron Moss, who managed Chick Corea and Return to Forever made a revealing remark when I was speaking to him recently: “In the seventies, all they listened to was Paco!”
Virtuoso Flamenco guitarist and Spanish hero, Paco de Lucia, whose career spans over forty years, has not only mastered his art but has also established himself as the leading exponent in his genre, and continues to expand the audience for this music.
A Flamenco ensemble often works much like a small jazz group. The musicians interact and improvise on a given structure. Being one of the most important leaders of modern flamenco, Paco de Lucia has made significant inroads to the genre of flamenco/jazz fusion.
This has included collaborations on the international music scene with examples such as his recording,‘Friday Night in San Francisco’, with fellow guitarists, Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin.
On Thursday, 18th of November, Paco de Lucia will bring a unique mix of virtuoso Jazz improvisation with the colourful and dramatic passion of Flamenco when his musicians and dancers come to the Royal Festival Hall.
Andrew McCormack will be appearing with Jason Yarde in the London Jazz Festival at the 606 Club on Tuesday November 17th., Their most recent CD is My Duo (Joy and Ears).