Paco de Lucía
Spaniard Paco de Lucía is a master of both the old and the new Flamenco. A musical innovator, his recording “Entre Dos Aguas” is the earliest well-known recording in the Nuevo Flamenco Style. Born as “Francisco Sánchez Gómez”, he chose the stage name Paco de Lucía after his mother Lucía Gómez. In his youth Paco was surrounded by many flamenco musicians such as his father guitarist Antonio Sánchez, his brother’s flamenco singer Pepe de Lucía and flamenco guitarist Ramón de Algeciras. Paco de Lucía is considered by many to be the greatest flamenco guitar player of all time, and is known for his speed and incorporation of Jazz into Flamenco music. His recordings with John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola are fine examples of both of these.
* (From the author) The images below are from my personal collection. I had the good fortune of hearing and meeting Paco de Lucia during a tour of the United States. As I shook his hand I was humbled to be touching the hand that had produced so much magic!