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Umbria Jazz Winter #19, Days 1-2: December 28-29, 2011

By Published: February 12, 2012
Michel Camilo's style confirmed, during all his Umbria Jazz Winter concerts, his love for paroxysmal crescendos, ending in breathtakingly long fortissimos, and an instrumental bravura built around difficult tempos and a hammering touch. He seemed to leave neither breaths nor breaks between his notes, with phrasings that were Proustian in nature, willingly built to proceed through an intricate stream of consciousness.

This may be the reason why his rare soft passages appeared like a poetic license to his hyper-loud signature. His real soul relied in a piano style which required not only high concentration, but extreme physical endurance.


Photo Credits
Page 1, Gianluca Petrella: Riccardo Crimi, Courtesy of Umbria Jazz


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