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Old 01-22-2012, 10:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default It's Flamenco Week!

Originally Posted by RYM
Flamenco is a traditional music style from Spain. It is primarily music for vocals and acoustic guitar, but is also often accompanied by traditional percussion. In its present form flamenco guitarists and singers are often accompanied by modern instrumentation such as piano, bass guitar and wind instruments.

Flamenco music is based on the highly typical phrygian or dorian scales which lends it its characteristic melancholia. The singing can be especially emotional, while the guitar playing is characterized by typical, fiery rhythms and is often used to accompany traditional flamenco dances.

Prime examples of this genre are guitar players such as Paco de Lucía, Paco Peña and Tomatito and singers such as Camarón de la Isla, Carmen Linares and Manolo Caracol.
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wikipedia calls Friday Night in San Fransisco "Flamenco-jazz", so I assume posting Mediterranean Sun Dance can be considered within the flamenco theme

The song first appeared on guitarist Al Di Meola's solo album Elegant Gypsy where Paco De Lucia contributed. The most popular version was played by the guitar trio which also included John McLaughlin. Their most famous album is the Friday Night in San Fransisco live album which sold very well and is considered by many to be highly influential.

So, here's the trio :

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I assume most will have seen this, but guitarists who have not really should check it out!
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For starters, Greek guitar virtuoso Ioannis Anastassakis plays and%2

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Old 01-23-2012, 03:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Here is my thread on Argentine music.

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Old 01-23-2012, 06:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
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i'm only familiar with these guys:-

they were HUGE here, they're more flamenco/pop, though

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Old 01-23-2012, 08:51 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Of course, if anyone has a claim to the title the world's greatest flamenco guitarist, it has to be Paco De Lucia.

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Old 01-23-2012, 10:02 PM   #8 (permalink)
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^ I`m sure that`s true, tore. This is what Simon Broughton has to say about Paco :-

Paco de Lucía is the most important figure in modern flamenco guitar and, since flamenco is the most technically and emotionally demanding of all guitar styles, this makes him one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
- though TBH I would sooner listen to the relaxed style of Argento`s clip than some of that fast and furious stuff, despite its extraordinary technical acomplishment.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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my personal favorite is Matt Elliot, less wanky and more soulful than most of the flamenco I have heard, but admittedly that's not much.

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