They could've called this one 'When Titans Collide.' But they didn't. It's 'Paco & John Live At Montreux 1987' (Eagle Rock), for on the evening of July 15, 1987, at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, guitarist John McLaughlin teamed up with guitarist Paco de Lucia for a complex stringed evening featuring the kind of chops only the masters can achieve.
Guitarists Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin had already headlined the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland numerous times with their own bands but in 2011, in their only show together provided a mystical, magical, profound, spiritual and loud experience. Going into their jazz-rock fusion handbook, they performed majestically, switching leads, switching genres and cheering on their own wildly percussive band (including wife Cindy Blackman of Santana, a powerhouse drummer). Now, for the first time on CD (you can also get it digitally and on DVD or Blu-Ray), Santana & McLaughlin are 'Live At Montreux 2011' on their "Invitation To Illumination" tour (Eagle Rock Entertainment).
Paco De Lucía, a superstar among flamenco guitarists, has died aged 66. Born Francisco Gustavo Sánchez Gomes, and best known for his flamenco albums, he also played classical and jazz. Some of his finest collaborations were in these spheres, as with the jazz guitar star John McLaughlin.