Absolutely. When I compose, the bar is raised quite naturally due to the inspiration and compositional sophistication of those chosen pieces. It’s really important that that my pieces attain a high level of aesthetic.
There was a definite emotional desire to immerse myself in the thought of reaching the heart with melody, the same way certain Italian operatic melodies affect the listener. In both of those pieces, I imagined a great vocalist in the classical world singing.
Between my own pieces, Piazzolla’s, and Parodi’s, the satisfaction of the blending of compositional factors—the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic richness—along with the emotional human connection, means a hell of a lot more than loud fusion to me! And the emotion isn’t at the expense of challenging technique. It goes right along with the technical playing, and that’s the most exciting thing in the world.
A second guitar is very important to play the more interesting arpeggiated written parts. It serves as a needed accompanist within the compositions. Accordion was my first instrument and, when played by an amazing instrumentalist like Fausto Beccalossi, its sound can automatically produce aural images of places, people, joy, and pain quite beautifully. I’m most proud of the high level of interplay between myself and Fausto on these performances.
No, I didn’t. But in 1977, when Paco and I recorded it for my Elegant Gypsy album, we knew that it was a magical one-time performance. After the first take, Paco needed to relax, so he smoked a joint and the second take was the one. The rest is history. We were blown away, as was everyone in the control room. There were not many moments like that in my career!
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