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Studio album by Paco de Lucía
Released 1990
Genre Flamenco
Length 42:02
Label Polygram Ibérica
Producer Paco de Lucía
Paco de Lucía chronology
Concierto de Aranjuez
(1991)Concierto de Aranjuez1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Zyryab is a 1990 album by flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía and his sextet. It features jazz pianist Chick Corea and guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar. The album is named after Ziryab, a 9th-century, Arabic or Persian [2] Arab,[3] and Black African[4][5][6][7]-poet/musician at the Umayyad court in Córdoba, credited with introducing to Spain the Persian lute, later to become the Spanish guitar.


Zyryab follows Paco de Lucía's innovative exploration of the new flamenco, especially through the presence of jazz pianist Chick Corea. The taranta "Tío Sabas" is dedicated to the flamenco composer Sabicas.

Track listing[edit]

All pieces written by Paco de Lucía, except where noted.

  1. "Soniquete (Bulerías)" – 7:35
  2. "Tío Sabas (Tarantas)" – 5:04
  3. "Chick" – 3:46
  4. "Compadres (Bulerías)" (Paco de Lucía & Manolo Sanlúcar) – 5:15
  5. "Zyryab" – 6:15
  6. "Canción de Amor" – 4:20
  7. "Playa del Carmen (Rumba)" – 4:28
  8. "Almonte (Fandangos de Huelva)" (Paco de Lucía & Chick Corea) – 5:32



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  4. ^ Salaam/ Ma Salaam, Muhammad Ali. A Black Man's Journey in America: Glimpses of Islam, Conversations and Travels. Xlibris Corporation. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-4628-7399-9. 
  5. ^ Salma Khadra Jayyusi; Manuela Marín (1992). Handbuch der Orientalistik: Der Nahe und Mittlere Osten. The legacy of Muslim Spain, Part 1. 12. BRILL. p. 709. ISBN 978-90-04-09599-1. 
  6. ^ Abu-Bakr, Mohammed (1993). Islam's black legacy: some leading figures. Purple Dawn Books. p. 23. ISBN 978-1-882250-08-0. 
  7. ^ Drake, St. Clair (1990). Black folk here and there: an essay in history and anthropology. 2. Center for Afro-American Studies, University of California. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-934934-30-5. 
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