Sabicas later settled in New York City in the United States. He did not return to his native Spain until 1967. Sabicas was instrumental in the introduction of Flamenco to audiences outside of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world. He was probably best known for his technical skills: Adding the Classical element to Flamenco guitar playing. Blazingly fast picado runs (scales), fast arpeggios, quality composition for the many forms of flamenco, and never losing the rhythm, which was critical if playing with a dancer.
Also, he was considered to have "perfect pitch". Sabicas was a tremendous genius of his day, not only with technique, but with major contributions, rendering Flamenco unimaginable and giving new tools and possibilities for the solo instrument. He brought this art to concert halls and major theaters where all classes can enjoy. Notable contemporary players such as, Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Juan Manuel Cañizares, El Viejín, Vicente Amigo, Gerardo Nuñez and many more claim large influence to Sabicas' music. Read more on Last.fm.
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