Paco de Lucia

Paco de Lucia or Francisco Sánchez Gómez was born in Algeciras, near Cádiz, on December 21stGuitarists Paco de Lucia and paco Fernandez in 1947. Paco de Lucia has contributed to the renewal of flamenco music by integrating sounds and instruments from other forms of music such as jazz, salsa or bossa nova. Paco gave a more modern feel to the existing flamenco guitar, which up until then had been dominated by Ramón Montoya and Niño Ricardo. With Camarón de la Isla, he formed a great artistic duo. Paco his rumba ‘Entre dos aguas’ from 1973 spent about 20 weeks in the Spanish hit parade. The record ‘Friday night in San Francisco’, recorded with John Mc Laughlin and Al Di Meola, sold over a million copies, a number not thought possible for a flamenco guitarist and composer.

Paco de Lucia was the youngest of five children of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sánchez and brother of flamenco singer Pepe de Lucia and flamenco guitarist Ramon de Algeciras. Since it is common in Andalusia to name boys by adding the mother’s name, Paco took his stage name ‘Paco de Lucia’ to honour his Portuguese mother Lucia Gomes. When he was 7 years old, Paco started playing the guitar with his father and his elder brother Ramon. Soon his father noticed the skills and talents of his youngest son when playing flamenco guitar together. By the time Paco was 8 years old, his life was cPaco de Lucia  flamenco guitar maestroompletely surrounded by the flamenco guitar; practicing for about fourteen hours a day, heavily influenced by flamenco guitarist Niño Ricardo and following a tight training schedule, guided and enforced by his father. At an age of 11, in 1958, Paco performed for the first time on Radio Algeciras. Already in 1959 Paco was awarded in the Jerez flamenco guitar competition. When he was 12 years old, Paco accompanied his brother Pepe in the duo known as “Los Chiquitos de Algerciras”. At an age of 14, they recorded their first record, winning the competition in Jerez de la Frontera in 1962. Both Pepe and Paco travelled around the world, performing in the José Greco's flamenco dancing group. While touring in the US, Paco met the flamenco guitar master Sabicas, who recommended him to get rid of his Nino Ricardo technique and to develop his own style of flamenco guitar playing. In 1964 Paco made his first solo record, and his first success arrived in 1967 with ‘La fabulosa guitarra de Paco de Lucia’.

Al Di Meola, John   Mclaughlin and Paco de LuciaWhen Paco de Lucia met a young flamenco singer by the name of Cameron de la Isla, in a snooker hall in Madrid, one of the most important, artistic duo’s in the history of flamenco music was born. Paco and Cameron developed new styles and restructured the old ones, becoming the most exciting thing that had happened to flamenco for a long time. Paco made several records with Camarón from 1969 to 1979, all produced by Paco`s father. However, like most of the great partnerships in musical history they were soon to go their separate ways. With his record ‘Almoraima’ in 1976, Paco definitively broke away from his roots to unveil his own consolidated personality, followed by a period of playing along side some of the great jazz figures of the era including, John McLaughlin, Larry Coryell, and Chick Corea. In 1979, de Lucia, John McLaughlin, and Larry Coryell formed "The Guitar Trio", recording three albums. From Paco his fusion with jazz emerge inspiring and innovative melodies and harmonies still complying to the pure flamenco music style. In 1978, he records with the group Dolores, a tribute to Manuel de Fall. Paco de Lucia his own band, the Paco de Lucia Sextet, including his brothers Ramón and Pepe, released three albums. In 1Siroco Flamenco album Paco de Lucia986 he performs as a trio with J.M. Bandera and J. M. Canizares until 1990. With the release of his record ‘Siroco’ in 1987 Paco reaches unsuspected results. Next, in 1990 Paco releases his album ‘Ziryab’ with the sextet and collaboration of Chick Corea. In 1991 he records his ‘Concierto de Aranjue’z from J. Rodrigo and in 1993 he records his second live record ‘Live in America’. In 1995, he recorded with Bryan Adams the hit song and video "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" on the soundtrack for the movie Don Juan DeMarco. In 1998 Paco releases the record, “Luzia” which was dedicated to his mother who had recently passed away. That album also contained a “Rondeña” in memory of his departed friend, Camaron de la Isla. His last solo recording was in 2004 when he produced the album 'Cositas Buenas'