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LuZia by Paco DeLucia

DeLucia has always been outright amazing; a true flamenco master, flawless equally in both technique and taste, he has delivered brilliant solo work over the decades as well as some incredibly impressive collaborations with the likes of John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola, among others. Luzia, named after his mother (from whom he also borrowed his surname), is a true flamenco album, almost surprising to those who have grown accustomed to seeing Paco lend his flamenco edge to many a fusion or jazz outlet.

Very true to the "less is more" theory, DeLucia plays against little more than hand claps or light percussion throughout most of the album, while creating complex and rich textures through thick chords, frantic strums and single note runs. You'll find the compositions to be brilliant, harmonically rich and rhythmically deep-rooted; a characteristic of flamenco and tango. Tracks such as Me Regala add flair with the addition of authentic vocal accompaniment (Paco also lends his vocals to several tracks), while the intense single note flurries and rapid chord fire of El Choruello hit hard like a bullfight. Cascading and sometimes ballad-like compositions such as Rio De La Miel and Camaron are sophisticated soundscapes rich with complex harmonies and unexpected chord turnarounds, leaving one at total peace as emotional release is heard pouring from DeLucia's fingers.

Luzia is a true testament to DeLucia's everlasting dedication and love to the art of flamenco, and lends the elegance and diversity that have made him world-renowned and as a guitarist, musician and master. Compositionally brilliant and technically awe-inspiring, you can almost see, hear and smell the music.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Paco DeLucia
  • CD Title: LuZia
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 1999
  • Record Label: Polygram Iberica (Madrid)
  • Musicians: Paco DeLucia (guitar & vocals), Tino Di Geraldo (panderos), Luis Dulzades (congas y yembe), Antonia Carmona (cajon), Carlos Benavent (mandola/bajo), Duquende (vocals)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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