Paco del Pozo

Vestido de Luces

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A new generation of flamenco talent is flexing its wings, and singer Paco del Pozo is likely to be among its stars. There's a wonderful raw power to his voice, which he seems to barely control in the search for transcendence, or duende. It's evident from the opening track that del Pozo is a singer of remarkable ability, and he pulls a great deal from the musicians with him. While there's a lot of the tradition in what he does, he does inject something different into the rumba "Vestido de Luces," for example, where a sax weaves in and out of the music, to jazzy effect. But he seems most comfortable on the stripped-down material, where his singing works with guitars and palmas to create something spellbinding. That's especially evident on "Soleares, de Luto, por Paquirri," as emotive a vocal workout as you're ever likely to hear, and a bravura performance. At times, as on "Plaza de Ronda," the sound almost pushes toward the avant-garde. But for someone so young, del Pozo is already a master of all the forms of flamenco. A glittering career beckons -- and sooner rather than later, on the evidence of this disc.

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