Last Saturday Diego El Cigala performed at the SF Jazz Miner Auditorium. Perhaps the most gifted contemporary flamenco singer, he has experimented with salsa and Cuban music, winning a Grammy in 2003 for his collaboration with Bebo Valdes, and in 2005 for Picasso in Mis Ojos, with Paco de Lucia and Jerry Gonzalez. This performance featured electric guitar, piano, acoustic bass, and percussion. Elegant in white dinner jacket and tuxedo pants (the guitarist was in flannel shirt and jeans) Diego moved smoothly through a mostly salsa set. The band were obviously all originally flamenco musicians, and very at ease with the material. The electric guitarist in particular, Diego Garcia, played some traditional flamenco lines on the tangos (flamenco, not Argentine, although Diego has also explored that music). Piano and electric guitar don't have a fast enough decay to accompany the lightening response of a master flamenco singer, and as breathtakingly beautiful as his voice is - from a whisper to a scream in a nanosecond, I found myself longing for an acoustic flamenco guitar. A second acoustic guitar was listed in the program, so perhaps that was the original intent. A gifted producer, Diego recently released the debut of guitarist Diego del Morao, the son of the late great Moraito.