What flamenco is NOTTwo types
of flamenco fusion
There are two types of flamenco "fusion" or flamenco "pop".
Type one fusion
The first comes from within the flamenco community itself and
expresses itself as genuine flamenco artists experimenting with
new ideas. The idea of mixing different musical styles with
flamenco is not new. Sabicas played with a jazz saxophonist in
the 30s. He also recorded an album called Rock Encounter with
Joe Beck in 1966. Carlos Montoya recorded with a jazz quartet
in the 50s. In more recent times, Paco de Lucía played with
jazz musicians such as Santana, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin
and Chick Corea. The Flamenco-Jazz connection has been
highlighted in a various artists compilation album called
"SOLEÁ - A Flamenco-Jazz Fantasy"
A selection of type one fusion CD's are listed here . People who show off their Gipsy
Kings CDs as the sum total of their flamenco collection are
unlikely to recognize too many of the artists on this list.
Flamenco fans, especially the younger generation who are
actively involved in the art form, will always be tolerant
of new ideas and experiments which stretch the boundaries of
tradition. It's these young flamenco artists of today, itchy
to express themselves in new ways, who are likely to form
the punk, pop, or blues flamenco bands of tomorrow.
Type two fusion
The second type of fusion includes the artists mentioned on the
chart below. It is this genre, if you can call it that, that is
the most confusing as it embraces many styles and encompasses
many alien ideas about what flamenco is. To get some idea of
what the general public thinks, just start up your favorite
file sharing client and enter the word 'flamenco' in the search
box. You will find a dazzling array of Mp3's on people's hard
drives from all sorts of artists that are wrongly listed as
"CATEGORY: Flamenco", or have the word flamenco in the title. I
found Miles Davis, Andreas Segovia, Los Lobos and The Eagles to
name just a few. Actually Hotel California sounds pretty good
in a rumba style, but.....well, you know what I'm going to
say....it's just not, that's all.
References to flamenco music can also be found in the pop music
of The Cure, Queen, The Doors and Bryan Adams. The Bryan Adams
song, "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman," is significant for
the unmistakable playing of Paco de Lucía. Needless to say, if
you are new to flamenco and are searching the non flamenco CD
shops on the Internet in the hope of buying some genuine
flamenco, you are pretty much wasting your time unless you
really know what you're looking for. That's what this page is
all about. To know what you're looking for, you have to know
what flamenco is and what it isn't.
I rest my case