Paco de Lucia
Perhaps the best-known name in Flamenco, Spaniard Paco de Lucia is an undisputed master of the form. His nuanced guitar work is passionate and gritty one minute, delicate and heart-breaking the next. Born to a musical family, de Lucia learned at the feet of his father and brothers. A child prodigy, by the age of sixteen he was leading bands and touring the world. Like many deeply talented musicians, de Lucia was never content to simply excel as a traditional player. He's continually broadened his musical horizons, collaborating with artists including Chick Correa, Al Di Meola, and John McLaughlin to the chagrin of his purist fans. Regardless of your feelings about his musical explorations, de Lucia's traditional Flamenco remains awe-inspiring: fast, complex, and captivating.