Alejandro Sanz is famous for putting flamenco flavor into his pop hits, and he’s known to play a pretty mean Spanish guitar. But rarely has he been captured breaking into full-throated flamenco song. On a new album honoring the late guitar god Paco de Lucia, Sanz rips out an emotional tribute in the traditional deep song style that may make you wonder when he will record his own flamenco album.
On the track, “Primera y Ultima Vez,” on the Latin Grammy nominated tribute album, Sanz is joined by flamenco vocalist José Mercé, whose mesmerizing intonations accompanied by hand clapping are the real deal.
But really, so is everything on this album, which features jazz great Chick Corea, de Lucia’s brother, Pepe, and flute and sax player Jorge Pardo, who was a member of de Lucia’s band, as well as others who were part of the great guitarist’s wide-reaching musical universe. This is an album of personal homages to de Lucia, who was a friend and mentor of those who appear on it. It's clear they all want to make Paco proud.