This three-disc set comes nicely packaged with a 48-page booklet. It provides an interesting introduction to the art, although it is heavily weighted toward the ultra-modern style. Indeed, some of the material isn't considered flamenco at all by its performers. The first CD focuses on individual singers, and includes a great soleá by La Niña de los Pelnes, a blazing bulerías by Terremoto, and tangos by Jose Menese and El Indio Gitano. But beyond that nod to tradition, the emphasis is on New Flamenco. There's a soleá by Camarón and a fandango by Duquende, who follows Camarón's approach. The remaining eight cuts – by Lole y Manuel, Susi, Diego Carrasco, and others – are hot off the press, figuratively or literally.
The record includes recordings of monumental figures of cante and toque, such as Camarón de la Isla, Paco de Lucía, Bambino or Carmen Linares. It is a compilation of a variety of styles with recordings of recent years. The legend of time, the legendary Camarón record and one of the greatest landmarks in the history of flamenco, is the starting point of the album Pa saber de flamenco. It is an instrument to begin to know and to distinguish the different styles of this music.
Directed by legendary Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura, FLAMENCO, FLAMENCO is an evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form. Beautifully photographed by famed Academy Award(R)-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (APOCALYPSE NOW), and showcasing a powerful new Flamenco through dazzling musical and dance performances by emerging talents and the greatest living Flamenco masters, this unique musical odyssey reaches beyond the borders of Flamenco and Spanish culture toward a universal artistic expression.