''Picasso en mis ojos'' is an authentic gem. It is the fifth solo album by Diego El Cigala, a purebreed cantaor (flamenco singer) who is acclaimed for his gypsy voice. It is dedicated to Picasso (Málaga, 1881-Mougins 1973), the great genius of contemporary painting and the creator of Cubism.
The fact is that Diego El Cigala is featured with accompaniment by the guitars of Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Raimundo Amador, Josemi Carmona, Diego Morao, Manuel Parrilla and Paquete. Jerry González plays his trumpet and other artists like Ramón El Portugués, Yumitus, Porrina, Juañares and El Piraña also contribute their own brush-strokes.
In the lyrics, current poets and some who were contemporaries of Picasso have also made a contribution: Rafael Alberti, Javier Ruibal, Javier Krahe, Carlos Chaouen and Juan Antonio Salazar.
The flamenco and Picassian spirits merge in all the songs in the record, starting from "Chanelando", tangos with guitar playing by Diego el Morao and Manuel Parrilla. Paco’s guitar and the voice of El Cigala are the absolute protagonists of "Por los ríos" (bulerías); the famous poem "La Paloma" by R. Alberti is turned into music, thanks to Josemi Carmona.
The record also contains the soleá ("Acuarela", with lyrics by Chaouen), alegrías and mirabrás ("Malagueño", with lyrics by Javier Rubial), the Latin rumba with Raimundo Amador’s guitar playing ("Apenao") and tangos ("Guernika").