So Paco De Lucia was controversial. Apparently still is in some circles. And his sextet was probably the biggest reason for that. As much as his compositions were evolving, it was the addition of bass and a horn that seems to have really pushed people over the edge (the rest of the sextet is cante, another guitar and percussion/dance, so not too controversial there, I hope). There was no Rite of Spring style riot that I know of, but man were some people upset.

When I was coming up the sextet already existed, and it was just one more part of this music I was falling in love with, so no big deal as far as I was concerned. But if you haven’t seen/heard the sextet you should, so you can judge for yourselves. This is a clip from Carlos Saura’s movie ‘Flamenco’ from 1995. Oh, and sometimes there are seven people in the sextet. Or more. Or less. Sextet is a state of mind.

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7 Responses to “The Band (And The Man) That Changed Everything”

  1. Darrell Styner says:

    I think that’s pretty frickin’ cool! Reminds me of what Jethro Tull did to “hard rock.” Nobody knew quite what to make of it but, damn, it was good!

  2. benavent says:

    performing the tangos’el perol’

  3. Peter Hughes says:

    Well, now I understand :o) I’l have to see what else there is to find.

  4. Old Traditionalist says:

    “If it sounds good, it is good.”

    So it’s good, real good.

  5. Honorio Carlos Pereira Braga says:

    Esta maneira de tocar violão é uma das mais puras expressões da arte do violão, não importa a origem, o país, as pessoas. Vale a pena ouvir,
    com muita atenção.

  6. cuchares says:

    How does carlos benavent get that “farting” sound from the Bass.
    It’s a running commentary .

  7. Tuis is good as paci de lucia and aldi me ola!!!


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