Not many records can be pinpointed as genuine historical turning points, but La Leyenda Del Tiempo is a bona fide before/after landmark in the flamenco world. El Camarón de la Isla, almost universally regarded as the greatest flamenco singer of all time, put aside his classic partnership with Paco de Lucía to record with different musicians and incorporate rock and jazz elements on an album often called the Sgt. Pepper's of flamenco. It was a radical, daring step by a singer in his late twenties who opened the door for a whole wave of musicians and bands who are still major figures in Spanish music. It cemented the legend of El Camarón de la Isla as a towering creative force who, much like Bob Marley in reggae, brought flamenco into the present without losing the essence of the root tradition.
Elbicho - a very famous Spanish band playing music in the style of "flamenco fusion", combining rumbas, tangos and bulerias with elements of jazz, rock, African rhythms and music of the Maghreb. Six of the eight members of the group first met while studying at La Escuela Popular de Musica de Madrid in September 2001. Soon they started playing together in small halls and on the street. In the group initially had a great influence 70s rock (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin), and flamenco (Camaron and Paco de Lucia). They say that they are a kind of version of Triana in the nineties.
Writer Elizabeth Kinder embarks on a journey through Andalusia from Malaga to Cadiz to find the soul of flamenco, the beguiling mix of guitar, song and dance strongly associated with southern Spain's gypsies. Featuring performances from gypsy blacksmiths to goat herders, the documentary reveals a glimpse of a timeless way of life as it has been preserved down the centuries. The history of this mysterious music and its relationship to Spain is explored in chocolate box locations including Moron de la Frontera, Granada, Seville and Jerez and the programme also features rare archive of notable artists such as Camaron de la Isla and Diego Del Gastor.
"La Leyenda del Tiempo es un poema mágico, extraordinariamente hechizante y de una fuerza evocadora tan grande que cada vez que lo escucho mi cabeza se va a otros universos y, como dice el poema, floto como un velero en el tiempo. (Desde el nadir) "
Dave Holland is best known as one of the great jazz bassists of his generation. Pepe Habichuela is an awe-inspiring flamenco guitarist. The two of them together, with Josemi and Carlos Carmona on additional guitars as well as a pair of percussionists, prove to be a wonderful combination. Holland brings his own experience to flamenco, subsuming himself in the genre, his bass imitating a voice on the glorious "Camaron," and giving free rein to the percussionists on "Joyride."