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"10 de Paco"



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Jorge Pardo
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MÁLAGA EN FLAMENCO 2007. ‘7 DE PACO’, JORGE PARDO, CARLES BENAVENT, TINO DI GERALDO, CHANO DOMÍNGUEZ, CHONCHI HEREDIA

The (real) tribute

Silvia Calado. Málaga, August 29th, 2007

Photo gallery. ‘7 de Paco’, by Daniel Muñoz

 

Carles Benavent
(Photo Daniel Muñoz)
   

‘7 de Paco’. Jorge Pardo: sax, flute. Carles Benavent: bass. Tino di Geraldo: drums. Chano Domínguez: piano. Chonchi Heredia: cante (guest artist). Málaga en Flamenco 2007. Playa del Palo (Málaga), August 29th, 2007. 8 p.m.

This tribute, conceived by Jorge Pardo and Chano Domínguez of their own accord, is now over a decade old. As the saxophonist relates at his website, it so happened that “when I was recording with Chano Domínguez on his first album, I took back up an idea which had been running around in my head a few years earlier; playing Paco de Lucía’s music without a guitar and with musicians who, understanding it, played it differently”. And recovering that tribute came in really handy for Málaga en Flamenco 2007, setting it within the series dedicated to the toque maestro entitled ‘Su homenaje’.

Jorge Pardo had already said it in those lines, that “what it sounded like was a genuine surprise … new, nondescript, and nevertheless familiar”. And that’s exactly what it sounded like on this eveningnearlynight at Playa del Palo in Málaga. A dozen years later and with a condensed group compared to the album - which also included musicians such as Javier Colina -, the music continues to surprise, sounding different, fresh… but near. Jorge Pardo on sax and flute, Carles Benavent on bass (both former members of the Paco de Lucía Sextet), Chano Domínguez on piano, Tino di Geraldo on drums and Chonchi Heredia on cante found that place where personalities blend, creating another common one which in this case had Paco de Lucía’s musical legacy as the backdrop. And also the sea, which was clearer, more resounding, more of a star. At each pause, the murmur of the waves slipped in through the microphones. And foam leapt behind the stage from time to time.


Chano Domínguez, Chonchi Heredia, Jorge Pardo,
Carles Benavent and Tino di Geraldo (Photo Daniel Muñoz)

The evening was clear when they started off with ‘Sólo quiero caminar’. And the night was already dark with a full moon when they closed the concert with the great ‘Ziryab’. Between one song and the other, there were two hours of continuous music which delighted a knowledgeable audience, in its majority fans of the wonders worked by this handful of heterodoxy maestros. Everything was imbued with the precise flamencura, also with certain touches of jazz, but above all, with the energetic freedom professed by these musicians. And that’s absolutely contagious. The crowd enjoyed itself. And it didn’t hesitate to show it by rising to its feet in each and every solo dotting the vibrant performance. Jorge Pardo just needed the flute “to play seven little things I’ve learned from Paco and Camarón”. And he sang and he played, jondo, jondo. Chano Domínguez seasoned with sea salt a journey on the piano between classical and West Indian. Carles Benavent and Tino di Geraldo took a superb look at Jaco Pastorius on compás. And Chonchi didn’t sing solo, but in each of her appearances, she made it clear that she’s a necessary echo on today’s flamenco scene, soaring and with nuances (she now tours in Paco’s group). ‘La tumbona’, ‘Canción de amor’… What a tremendous group, ladies and gentlemen. And what a tremendous tribute, a true tribute, coming from within music. People were literally shouting with pleasure. Of course, they called for an encore by stamping their feet to the beat. And as a bonus track they got the rumba ‘Playa del Carmen’, the one which magically combines the optimism of the score with one of flamenco’s most fatalistic sets of lyrics, now then, translated to tenor sax. “When I get to thinking that I have to die, I throw a blanket on the floor and…”.

Photo gallery. ‘7 de Paco’, by Daniel Muñoz
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Chano Domínguez
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)
Jorge Pardo
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)
Carles Benavent
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)

Chonchi Heredia
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)
Chano Domínguez, Chonchi Heredia, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent and Tino di Geraldo
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)
Jorge Pardo and Carles Benavent
(Photo: Daniel Muñoz)

More information:

Málaga en Flamenco 2007. Show schedule

Jorge Pardo’s official website at Flamenco-world.com

Paco de Lucía’s website at Flamenco-world.com

Download Jorge Pardo’s new album at Flamencodigital.com
www.flamencodigital.com

Visit the international flamenco festival agenda
www.flamencofestival.info

 
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