Paco de Lucia (left) and John McLaughlin, 1987
Eagle Rock Entertainment will release on June 24 Paco & John: Live at Montreux 1987 as a DVD/two-CD set. Pairing the unique styles of guitarists Paco de Lucía and John McLaughlin, this is the first ever release of the classic concert. Personally overseen entirely by McLaughlin, the 91-minute release is presented in DTS Surround Sound and Dolby Digital 5.1.
Paco & John: Live at Montreux 1987 is a “breathtaking evening of flamenco-infused jazz flair,” according to a press release, filmed July 15, 1987 at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Opening with a solo piece from McLaughlin, followed by a solo performance from De Lucía, the concert showcases each musician’s individual talent before the two masters present a series of duets drawn from their solo albums, their work in the Guitar Trio, and covers of music written by colleagues like Egberto Gismonti and Chick Corea.
John McLaughlin (born 4 January 1942 in Doncaster, West Riding of Yorkshire, England), also known as Mahavishnu John McLaughlin, is an English guitarist, bandleader and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz which he coupled with elements of rock, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco and blues to become one of the pioneering figures in fusion.
McLaughlin has been cited as an influence by a number of prominent musicians. He is a Grammy award winner and has been awarded multiple "Guitarist of the year" and "Best Jazz Guitarist" awards from magazines such as Down Beat and Guitar Player based on reader polls. In 2003, he was ranked 49th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". In 2010, guitarist Jeff Beck called him "the best guitarist alive". Tabla player Zakir Hussain has often referred to him as one of the greatest and most important musicians of our time.
Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomez (21 December 1947 – 25 February 2014), known as Paco de Lucía, was a Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist, composer and producer. A leading proponent of the new flamenco style, he helped legitimize flamenco among the establishment in Spain, and was one of the first flamenco guitarists to have successfully crossed over into other genres of music such as classical and jazz. Richard Chapman and Eric Clapton, authors of Guitar: Music, History, Players, describe de Lucía as a "titanic figure in the world of flamenco guitar", and Dennis Koster, author of Guitar Atlas, Flamenco, has referred to de Lucía as "one of history's greatest guitarists".
De Lucía was noted for his fast and fluent picados (fingerstyle runs). A master of contrast, he often juxtaposed picados and rasgueados (flamenco strumming) with more sensitive playing and was known for adding abstract chords and scale tones to his compositions with jazz influences. These innovations saw him play a key role in the development of traditional flamenco and the evolution of new flamenco and Latin jazz fusion from the 1970s. He received acclaim for his recordings with flamenco singer Camarón de la Isla in the 1970s, recording ten albums which are considered some of the most important and influential in flamenco history.