Del Niño Sabicas al Maestro Sabicas
Biographical in name and nature, Del Niño Sabicas al Maestro Sabicas is not so much a compilation album as it is a retrospective of his evolutional playing and the emergence of popular Flamenco — a MUST LISTEN for each and every Flamenco player.
There was a time when the classical guitar was not listened to as actively as we see today. The idea of a classical guitar concerto was, a long time ago, almost unheard of, and the Flamenco genre was for a while bound within the borders of Spain. That is, until Sabicas let it out. Blazing arpeggios, extremely vocalized scales, faultless rhythms — these are all characteristic of the legendary Sabicas’s playing, and all the reasons why he is considered the father of modern Flameco-playing.
Biographical in name and nature, Del Niño Sabicas al Maestro Sabicas is not so much a compilation album as it is a retrospective of his evolutional playing and the emergence of popular Flamenco — a MUST LISTEN for each and every Flamenco player. Thought to be the leading innovator in Flamenco guitar (rightfully so!), Sabicas’s motifs are eternally engrained into the timelines of guitarists in every corner of the world. The album itself is so radically spacious that to speak of this entire career would be reductive to the beauty of every particular style and voice on the record — we have here the tinniness of “Alegrías Gitanas” alongside the somber “Tarantas,” preceded by the cheerful strums of pieces like “Soleares,” all relative to the clandestine perusals of “Danza Árabe”. The point being: Sabicas is a guitarist of the ages, and this album, like his repertoire, shows us just how much ground his guitar has covered.
Though the landscape of the album is wide enough to demand the audience to travel in their listening, Sabicas perfectly delivers the impeccably sculpted sound that really brings these pieces into existence, and the playing that has made him Sabicas the legend. His quick-attack Flamenco is complemented by his expressive harmonies that make his playing tread on the sides of both abstraction and specificity. His songs are a language all their own, constituent of volatile phrases and meanings while still treading in the realm of accents and interpretation. His songs tend to sway here-and-there, a style of rhythmic ease that makes even the most tedious of pieces a joy to listen to from the hands of this guitarist. There is, after all, good reason why Sabicas is so well known in the world of Flamenco.