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Michel Camilo

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TELARC JAZZ CD-83613

 

 

 


  1. A Dream
  2. Minha (All Mine)
  3. Our Love is Here to Stay
  4. Reflections
  5. Luiza
  6. ‘Round Midnight
  7. Atras Da Porta
  8. Someone to Watch Over Me
  9. Un Son
  10. The Frim Fram sauce
  11. Coronado (Quiet Nights)
  12. Suntan

Michel Camillo - Hamburg Steinway D Piano.
Recorded in May 2004 using the Direct Stream Digital Recording System.

The recording method used is technically more complicated than I can understand, but it certainly produces excellent results, the piano really sounds like a quality grand should, even on a personal stereo system.

Michel Camilo hails from the Dominican Republic, he has been around the USA jazz scene for two decades now, usually playing in a trio and this is his first solo album. In the sleeve note Michel says the map for the album was to blend the music of three different sources, the jazz repertoire, Brazilian music and his own compositions. He is no stranger to Brazilian music having worked with many Brazilian musicians in the band of Paquito D’Revera.

Michel has a great liking for the compositions of George Gershwin and tracks 3 & 8 were included because of it. All of the tracks demonstrate, that this was not just a session where the pianist went into his standard version of a particular tune, but gave a great deal of thought about what to include.

There are four original compositions, each has a different musical quality and each is successful in it’s own way. This is indeed a fine album as you would expect from a pianist of Michel Camilo’s calibre. I have just one little ‘niggle‘, I wish he would swing a bit more often, he does it so well!

Don Mather



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