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    Default More About Manolita

    In browsing about on the Internet, I came across a fairly recent entry by respected flamenco commentator and authority Estela Zatania on Manolita de Jerez. Estela Zatania shares my enthusiasm for Manolita, and provides some confirmation for my suspicion that the tocaor Triguito accompanied Manolita on at least one palo (Fandangos) on the fabulous Danzas Flamencas 1954 Decca LP, as rumor had it that they had performed together, and thus he perhaps was the chief guitarist for that Danzas Flamencas disk, yet Zatania does not appear to know of that great recording.
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    Default A Few More Selections from Danzas Flamencas

    I do go on about Danzas Flamencas, the wonderful LP issued by José Greco that has so much great singing and dancing, yet has never been reissued as a CD or a complete YouTube selection. But bits and pieces have lately been showing up on YouTube. Here are a few more gems:

    First is a Tangos por Zambra sung by Rafael Romero...
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2YMEGA...VEm-u&index=84

    Next, a classic Tientos sung by Rafael and danced by Greco:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GK98Uw...5GE9IsL3_VEm-u

    And finally, Manolita de Jerez sings the best Tangos por Zambra, danced by Greco. Wonderful!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jYWaWt...5GE9IsL3_VEm-u
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    Default José Greco y Los Chiquitos de Algeciras

    In wandering about YouTube, I came across a trove of material credited to "José Greco" that I did not recognize. Amongst this new material were several tracks whose excellence led me to speculate on just who were the artists performing with Greco. This always a puzzle because egomaniac Greco very rarely if ever identified the flamencos who performed in his company and/or recorded with him, and was at pains to reveal little or nothing of them in his autobiography or on album notes as I have noted. In his defense, though, he often chose exceptionally fine performers, but if only he had told us more...

    The thought then dawned on me that, on several tours, the young guitar phenom Paco de Lucía and his cantaor brother Pepe de Lucía were part of Greco's company: was it possible that the brothers were the fine artists on these YouTube clips? I checked out the brothers on YouTube from when they were a teenage flamenco duo, Los Chiquitos de Algeciras, back in 1962, and even then known for their mastery of flamenco and the excellence of their performance. José Greco got wind of the brothers and invited them to join his troupe in 1963; this detail from Paco Sevilla's bio of Paco de Lucía. When I listened to the very young Pepe (15) singing as Pepe de Algeciras and compared it with a possible 17-year-old Pepe de Lucía singing with a slightly more mature but very similar voice on the Greco recordings, and the very skillful guitar accompaniment in both cases, it seems to me quite probable that it is the brothers we are hearing on the Greco YouTube clips. Pepe de Lucía has a wonderful voice and delivery, and even at 16 won a prize at a flamenco contest for his Malagueñas, and Donn Pohren, who evidently was at the contest, thought Pepe should have won almost all the prizes for cante.

    Here are the clips: First is an exciting Solea por Bulerias, ending in a straight-up Bulerias...
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wvphjh...VEm-u&index=25

    Next we have Fandangos de Huelva:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jTouXZ...VEm-u&index=29

    Now Tangos:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DQaXKO...VEm-u&index=36

    And finally Malagueñas then leading into Verdiales:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ffKCnf...VEm-u&index=37

    I was so pleased to discover these clips. They demonstrate how good Greco's taste was in selecting flamencos to join his troupe and then to bring some of the best real flamenco, though somewhat "staged" of necessity, to the greater world outside of Andalusia. Along with Sabicas, José Greco was my passport and introduction to the world of flamenco.
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    Default Yet More About Manolita de Jerez

    Here is a bit of Estela Zatania's tribute to Manolita de Jerez wherein she strengthens the supposition that the unnamed tocaor on most of the Danzas Flamencas album was Triguito....

    "This is my brief but sincere tribute to one of those forgotten interpreters. I fell in love with the voice of Manuela Cauqui Benítez, “Manolita de Jerez”, around 1962 when I heard her on a recording with the José Greco dance company. In the early sixties I was able to buy records of flamenco singing at a store on New York’s 14th Street called Casa Moneo, which is where I discovered the José Greco recording with Manolita’s haunting sound. Her vocal placement and powerful delivery were reminiscent of Paquera, but then her ability to draw the voice inwards seemed to recall La Niña de los Peines. Add to that an oriental sort of twang, the compás of Jerez, the influence of don Antonio Chacón, and it was an irresistibly flamenco recipe.

    Yet so forgotten was this singer in recent times, that when I brought her name up at a roundtable discussion with experts on the flamenco singing of Jerez, they assured me there was no such artist from this city, and that certainly it had to be someone wanting to bask in the glory of assuming the sobriquet “de Jerez”. Further investigation however, revealed Manolita could not have been more from Jerez, with roots in both the Santiago neighborhood, where she was born, and San Miguel, where she later lived very near Paquera’s birthplace, in addition to spending her final years in the La Plata neighborhood.

    Manolita’s father worked in a typical Jerez “tabanco” where people gathered to drink wine and share cante. Her mother and sisters are said to have been very good singers. At the age of 15, she sang at the Villamarta theater in Jerez, and at 18, recorded several popular songs accompanied by Manuel Bonet on guitar, although in the Diccionario Enciclopédico Ilustrado del Flamenco, Juan González Núñez “Triguito” is described as “the favored guitarist of Manolita de Jerez”. In these recordings you don’t really detect the enormous capacity and flamenco power Manolita would deliver only a few years later, when José Greco signed her up to sing for his newly-formed company."

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    Default Rito y Geografía Documentaries

    Since Brook Zern closed down his wonderful flamenco website, the master listing of all the encyclopedic Rito y Geografía documentaries that Zern compiled and published on his site was also lost. But here is the listing again, from the rtve website itself. Anyone interested in total immersion in classic flamenco will find virtually everything here that was available up through the 1970s when most of the material was assembled:

    http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/r...cante/4860998/

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