The Catalan pianist Chano Dominguez bridges jazz and flamenco. Not alone does he add tango and buleria to the jazz lines, but also the typical handclaps and dance (sometimes a dancer is featured) have incredibly found their way in Dominguez' bebop. Check out his arrangement of Thelonious Monk's Bemsha Swing on the Hecho a Mano album (2002). Dominguez applies the jazz tradition to flamenco and the resulting music doesn't sound like a fusion, but as an authentic, new style. As a child in Cadiz he learned the principles of flamenco on guitar. After having played in folkloristic ensembles, the rock group CAI and the Spanish band Hiscadiz, he made the cross-over to jazz. The pianist, who's inspired by Monk, is the first Spaniard to record for the jazz label Verve. He'll perform with his new band New Flamenco Sound, mixing flamenco with rock and fusion-jazz.
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