Hecho a Mano

In Hecho a Mano (Handmade), Spaniard Chano Domínguez undertakes the difficult challenge of taking flamenco forms to the piano—specifically to the jazz piano format—with exquisite

RELEASE DATE: Oct. 15

In Hecho a Mano (Handmade), Spaniard Chano Domínguez undertakes the difficult challenge of taking flamenco forms to the piano—specifically to the jazz piano format—with exquisite results. This is not merely a translation of guitar or flamenco vocals onto piano; it's a spectacular—and seamless—transfiguration of genres where the listener finally believes the blend is the natural state of this music. The prolific Domínguez, a pianist/composer who's delved in jazz and pop,

plays with different configurations: from simple duets (the extraordinary piano/zapateado and clap romp of Thelonius Monk's "Bemsha Swing") to trios (alternating solos with guitarist Tomatito over percussion accompaniment in "Retalia") and quintets (in the jazzier, elegant "Cilantro y Comino," possibly the most complex piece of the set). Subtle yet forceful, Domínguez's playing highlights the far-reaching possibilities of fusion without resorting to the over-used elements that have come to define the style in the past decades. A must-hear.—LC