Paco de Lucía

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Legal name: Francisco Sánchez Gómez (Paco de Lucía)

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Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes (21 December 1947 – 25 February 2014), known as Paco de Lucía [ˈpako ðe luˈθia], was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the New Flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a "titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar", and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as "one of history's greatest guitarists."

De Lucía was noted for his fast and fluent picados (fingerstyle runs). A master of contrast, he often juxtaposed picados and rasgueados (Flamenco strumming) with more sensitive playing and was known for adding abstract chords and scale tones to his compositions with jazz influences. These innovations saw him play a key role in the development of traditional Flamenco and the evolution of 'New Flamenco' and Latin jazz fusion from the 1970s. He received acclaim for his recordings with flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla in the 1970s, recording ten albums which are considered some of the most important and influential in Flamenco history.

Some of De Lucía's best known recordings include Río Ancho (later fused with Al Di Meola's Mediterranean Sundance), Entre dos aguas, La Barrosa, Ímpetu, Cepa Andaluza and Gloria al Niño Ricardo. His collaborations with guitarists John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola and Larry Coryell in the late 1970s saw him gain wider popularity outside his native Spain. De Lucía formed the Paco de Lucía Sextet in 1981 with his brothers, singer Pepe de Lucía and guitarist Ramón de Algeciras, and collaborated with jazz pianist Chick Corea on their 1990 album, Zyryab. In 1992, he performed live at Expo '92 in Seville and a year later on the Plaza Mayor in Madrid. After 2004 he greatly reduced his public performances, retiring from full touring, and typically only gave several concerts a year, usually in Spain and Germany and at European festivals during the summer months.

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1963 Los chiquitos de Algeciras Paco de Lucía & Pepe de Lucía 1
1964 Dos guitarras flamencas en stereo Paco de Lucía y Ricardo Modrego 2
1965 12 canciones de García Lorca para guitarra Paco de Lucía y Ricardo Modrego 2
1965 12 éxitos para 2 guitarras flamencas Paco de Lucía y Ricardo Modrego 1
1967 Canciones andaluzas para 2 guitarras Paco de Lucía y Ramón de Algeciras 2
1967 Dos guitarras flamencas en América Latina Paco de Lucía y Ramón de Algeciras 2
1967 La fabulosa guitarra de Paco de Lucía Paco de Lucía 2
1969 12 hits para 2 guitarras flamencas y orquesta de cuerda Paco de Lucía y Ramón de Algeciras 2
1969 Al verte las flores lloran Camarón de la Isla feat. Paco de Lucía 1
1969 En Hispanoamérica Paco de Lucía y Ramón de Algeciras 1
1969 Fantasía flamenca de Paco de Lucía Paco de Lucía 2
1971 El mundo del flamenco Paco de Lucía 2
1971 Recital de guitarra de Paco de Lucía Paco de Lucía 2
1972 El Camarón de la Isla con la colaboración especial de Paco de Lucía (Cada vez que nos miramos) Camarón de la Isla y Paco de Lucía 2
1972 El duende flamenco de Paco de Lucía Paco de Lucía 2
1973 Fuente y caudal Paco de Lucía 2
1975 Arte y Majestad Camarón de la Isla y Paco de Lucía 1
1976 Almoraima Paco de Lucía 2
1977 Castillo de arena Camarón de la Isla y Paco de Lucía 2
1978 Paco de Lucía interpreta a Manuel de Falla Paco de Lucía 2
1981 Castro Marín Paco de Lucía 2
1981 Como el agua Camarón con Paco de Lucía y «Tomatito» 3
1981 Sólo quiero caminar Paco de Lucía 2
1983 Calle Real Camarón con Paco de Lucía y Tomatito 2
1983 Passion, Grace & Fire Paco de Lucía, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin 4
1984 Viviré Camarón con Paco de Lucía y Tomatito 2
1987 Siroco Paco de Lucía 2
1990 Zyryab Paco de Lucía 2
1991 Concierto de Aranjuez Paco de Lucía 2
1996 The Guitar Trio Paco de Lucía, Al Di Meola & John McLaughlin 4 2
1997 Cante y guitarra Paco de Lucía & Fosforito 1
1997 Son tus ojos dos estrellas Camarón de la Isla y Paco de Lucía 1
1998 Luzia Paco de Lucía 4 2
2000 Flamenco Romantico Paco de Lucía & Enrique Montoya 1
2002 12 Canciones de García Lorca para guitarra Paco de Lucía y Ricardo Modrego 1
2003 Cositas buenas Paco de Lucía 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1973 Paco de Luciá Compilation Paco de Lucía 1
1975 Entre dos aguas Compilation Paco de Lucía 4
1977 Hispanoamérica Compilation Paco de Lucía 2
1990 Guitarra flamenca Compilation Paco de Lucía / Manolo Sanlúcar / Andrés Batista 1
1994 Collection Compilation Paco de Lucía 1
1995 Antología Compilation Paco de Lucía 1
1995 Antología, Volume 1 Compilation Paco de Lucía 2
1996 Antología, Volume 2 Compilation Paco de Lucía 1
1996 Selección antológica del cante flamenco, Volume 1 Compilation Fosforito & Paco de Lucía 1
1996 Selección antológica del cante flamenco, Volume 2 Compilation Fosforito & Paco de Lucía 1
1996 The Collection Compilation Paco de Lucía 1
2001 Selección antológica del cante flamenco Compilation Fosforito & Paco de Lucía 1
2001 The Best of Paco de Lucía Compilation Paco de Lucía 1
2003 Integral Compilation Paco de Lucía 2

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