The great Tomatito played Herbst Theater last night as part of the Omni Foundation concert series. With José del Tomate on second guitar; Clapping/Vocals: Kiki Cortiñas & David Maldonado; Percussion: Israel Suárez “Piraña”; Baile (dancer): José Maya, the group was spectacular. Tomatito opened with a solo rondena, as Paco often did. Then his son Jose joined him for the Michael Camillo tune "Two". The other non original tune of the evening, also in the jazz idiom, was Charlie Hayden's "Our Spanish Love Song" While many flamenco guitarists listen to and love jazz, Tomatito alone understands the phrasing and can improvise conviningly.
As the late Andre Bush said to me of Paco's playing: "Every note goes right through your heart". Jose Maya brought the house down with his dance to a bulerias.
Whether soloing, or accompanying cante, or dance, Tomatito was magnificent. An added treat was sitting in the same row with my dear friends, the fantastically talented Yaelisa and Jason McGuire.