There are musicians who are masters in their own field, but get paralyzed when confronted with other musicians. Others are capable of blending languages with a certain ease. However, only a few are genuine alchemists; those who are aware of the nature and properties of metals that wish to be fused and know how to obtain pure art by means of this alchemy. Jorge Pardo, (born 1 December 1956 in Madrid), son of Rafael and Vitorina, is one of these few.
Like any average Spaniard of his time, he began playing the guitar as a youth, although almost straightaway he felt drawn to the world of wind instruments. His model musical references cover a vast number of artists & different styles, and he earned his living playing in the dives & honky-tonks of the city. Diego Carrasco, Jean Luc Vallet, Manuel Soler, Peer Wiborys, David Thomas, Ricardo Miralles, Pedro Iturralde, Vlady Bas are some of those references & maestros of his artistic surroundings.
With Las Grecas & Johnny Galvao he made his first professional studio recording. He later recorded the album Dolores with the group of the same name, linking up with Pedro Ruy Blas and various other musicians on the Madrid scene. He then recorded three LPs, one of which featured Paco de Lucia, with whom he collaborated over a period of time on a number of recordings and world tours. Also, at the same time, he got to know Camarón and participated in the recording of La Leyenda del Tiempo and other productions. In addition, in the flamenco studios ’Amor de Dios’, he collaborated with an entirely new generation of artists, ‘the young flamencos’, who were getting to be known in Madrid at that time. The flute and saxophone have been linked to the world of flamenco ever since then.
Las cigarras son quizá sordas, Veloz hacia su sino & Diez de Paco are the titles of some of of the discs recorded in the ‘90s and produced by his brother Jesús for the ‘Nuevos Medios’ label.
His auto-didactic effort, when referring to the incorporation of his instruments in the language of flamenco, is endorsed by his involvement in the multitude of groups & projects: The famous sextet alongside his friend Paco de Lucía made a mark on his life, but he also did Live in Montreaux, with Nana Caymi & Wagner Tizo; Ur, with Michaell Bismut; Jazzpaña, with arrangements by Ariff Mardin & Vince Mendoza and Vida en Catedrales, together with pianist Tomás San Miguel. Now, in this new century, the highlights are of his recordings with D’3, the trio together with Carles Benavent and Tino di Geraldo, with their award-winning album Sin precedentes; his collection of Vientos Flamencos and Desvaríos with El Bola for the RTVE label. Just as noteworthy are his participation in Touchstone together with Chick Corea in various world tours, a tribute to Miles Davis recorded in New York, his relatively recent work titled Huellas (2012), his version with Big Band Flamenca of Huellas XL, which premiered in Etnosur (2013) or his symphonic project with arrangements by Toni Cuenca and performed at the Auditorio Nacional (National Auditorium).
JORGE PARDO (HUELLAS) CUARTETO
Jorge Pardo – sax & flute
Ricardo Moreno – guitar
Pablo Baez – contrabass
Benjamin Santiago “el Moreno” – percussion