Juan Rodriguez known as Juan El Flaco is a flamenco guitarist born in 1973 in France (Lyon currently resides) to a Gypsy family (The Marians and Los Bolecos), originally from Almeria. Self-taught guitarist, he has performed with leading figures of modern flamenco and Potito, Guadiana, Enrique The Piculabe, David de Jacoba, Saul Quiroz, Rafiki Madrid, Miguel El Rubio, Pack, Piranha, Manolo Franco, Vicente Amigo, Esperanza Fernandez, Chicuelo Miguel Poveda, Paloma Fantova, Jose Maya, Belen Lopez, Karime Amaya, … and their performances have been featured on numerous European stages (Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Germany, France, ….).
Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez has made a jazz career in exploring its connections with the flamenco of his native Cadiz. On previous offerings, Dominguez has carved out a place where the various dance rhythms and sung cadences of flamenco find equal voice with jazz lyricism, exploration, and harmonic adventure. Flamenco Sketches began as a commission from the Barcelona Jazz Festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. The album is a re-visioned reading of the compositions on the iconic Davis album – in different order – as well as two other Davis compositions, "Nardis" (which he never recorded) and "Serpent's Tooth," from the trumpeter's Prestige years.
Jazz, flamenco, classical music and tango come together in this musical proposal created in 2004 by the cellist Jose Luis Lopez, saxophonist and flute player Ramiro Obedman and the piansita Pablo Suarez, who made his debut at the Singapore Arts Festival. And since then they have made multiple tours and edited three albums in their name.
Jazz and flamenco first crossed paths not in Spain, but in the USA when Miles Davis and arranger/composer Gil Evans recorded “Sketches of Spain” in November 1959 and March 1960. It became one of the most successful jazz albums of all time. And the jazz musicians in Spain? They attempted to emulate – as did their colleagues world-wide – the American model. Jazz stood for open-mindedness; national folklore was thought of as too parochial. Spanish saxophonist Pedro Iturralde was the only musician who, under the influence of “Sketches of Spain”, added a couple of flamenco melodies to his repertoire as he toured Europe accompanied by two Germans and a Swiss. That’s why Joachim-Ernst Berendt sought him out to play at the 1967 Berlin Jazz Festival. With the festival’s motto “Jazz Meets the World”, Berendt was looking for a jazz-flamenco combination to fit the bill.
New version of the Paco de Lucía Integral, 27 CDs his complete work remastered. "Cositas Buenas", his last album, comes as a new in this new Integral. Now in a new economic format. This collection is a unique tour of the work of Paco de Lucia from 1964 to 2004. Paco de Lucía wanted to highlight his capacity as both composer and interpreter in this 1972 album, evoking with the title the duende —the name Flamenco artists give to the power that comes from within. There are ten extraordinary tracks, some with orchestral arrangements by Paco and Torregrosan —transcriber of the score for Paco de Lucía's work in the early years of his career—, here responsible for the musical direction and the arrangements. For the first time the sound engineer is credited: José Díaz Auñón. The inclusion of an orchestra was at Paco’s own request, although it seemed he wasn’t totally satisfied with the results.