The classic 1959 Miles Davis album, Kind of Blue, is hailed by many critics to be the greatest recording in jazz history. It is certainly the most popular, with over four million units sold. One of the its most haunting tracks is "Flamenco Sketches" and so it is fitting that Spanish flamenco jazz pianist Chano Domínguez provides a fresh take on the Davis masterpiece with his upcoming Blue Note record, Flamenco Sketches. While already a star in his homeland, Domínguez won an international following with his appearance in Calle 54, the award-winning 2000 documentary about Latin jazz. Born and raised in Cadiz, a hotbed of traditional flamenco, Domínguez started his career as a progressive rocker in the popular Andalusian band Cai. Attracted to jazz by fusion pioneers like Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report, he was also inspired by the earlier works of Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. But Domínguez has found a singular niche as a pianist in the language of flamenco, with its constituent forms of tangos, tanguillos, alegras, compass de buleras, fandangos and soleas — tackled through the lens of the post-bop tradition. The incendiary keyboardist quickly became a dominant force in European jazz, leading an acclaimed trio and collaborating with artists including Paquito D’Rivera and Wynton Marsalis, with whom he recorded the stunning Vitoria Suite alongside guitar genius Paco de Lucía. For this SFJAZZ performance expect Domínguez to bring his unique flamenco jazz approach to "So What," "All Blues," "Blue in Green" and other tunes immortalized on Kind of Blue.
Chano Domínguez piano
Ben Street bass
Dafnis Prieto drums
Blas Córdoba vocals, percussion