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The piano isn't associated with flamenco, but Dominguez's playing is a remarkable nonliteral translation of a guitar-based music, integrating the style's ferocious rhythms, fiery flourishes, and emotional lyricism. On his latest album, Piano Iberico (unfortunately released only on the Spanish division of Blue Note Records), he interprets works by four of Spain's most important pianists and composers—Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, and Frederic Mompou—without surrendering his own personality. There are flashes of typical flamenco percussion—cajon, hand claps, foot stomps—and some great guest singing by Blas "El Kejío" Córdoba, who was part of Dominguez's band when he played at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2003. Piano Iberico is the best album of his I've heard; he's finally freed himself from the vestiges of his fusion past and his tendency toward florid overstatement. Tonight he plays solo.
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