Spain (Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin)

A year ago today, Paco de Lucia died. Here’s some more from him.

Cheese-jazz pioneer Chick Corea’s flabby standard ‘Spain’ was pared down to a rippling duet between flamenco colossus Paco de Lucia and jazzy Yorkshireman turned Indian mystic Mahavishnu John McLaughlin during tours of their Guitar Trio in the ‘80s (initially, the three was completed by Larry Coryell, then Al Di Meola). Corea’s original composition was a schmaltzy samba tune, but quoted the stately adagio from Joaquín Rodrigo’s renowned guitar concerto Concierto de Aranjuez – and although it cuts the quote out completely, this sparsely elegant McLaughlin/de Lucia reinterpretation still manages to be more faithful to the feel of Rodrigo’s piece than the Corea full-band version that lifts the adagio note for note.