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Camila Meza: Ámbar

Read "Ámbar" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

After finally stepping into the limelight with 2016's Traces (Sunnyside Records)--the record on which Camila Meza impressively solidified her very own character and place as a musician and composer--the Chilean singer / guitarist returns with an entirely different cast of musicians that has grown to orchestral proportions, and a new batch of intriguing tunes that consist of the same amount of originals as covers. While the notion of songwriting and singing has always played an important role in ...

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Camila Meza & the Nectar Orchestra: Ámbar

Read "Ámbar" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With Ámbar, the Chilean-born New York vocalist, instrumentalist and composer Camila Meza, here recording with the marvelous Nectar Orchestra, sends out a dozen tracks of intriguing, highly-textured culturally-rich music. The material, creatively superb and impeccably performed all around, not only reinforces the fact that Meza is an acknowledged Downbeat Magazine Rising Star, but also vividly demonstrates her awesome vocal and guitar talents. Here exotic rhythmic and melodic flavors of heavily ethnic-flavored music swirl and beguile. The utter ...

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Camila Meza: Following what the music has to say

Read "Camila Meza: Following what the music has to say" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Since the success of her 2016 effort Traces, Chilean-raised and New York-based guitarist Camila Meza has been incresingly gaining more recognition in today's jazz-guitar demographics. In addition to the all-star cast comprised of the likes of Shai Maestro, Matt Penman and Kendrick Scott, it is also the sense of sophistication and singularity in composition that defined her last record and made it her most balanced outing to date. In light of the ongoing Pannonica-project, brought to life and led by ...

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Camila Meza: Traces

Read "Traces" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Try to process and pin down the meaning of Camila Meza's mien in any number of pictures included in this package and you may come up empty. But it's not for lack of expression there. It's for the exact opposite reason. Meza projects countless thoughts and moods--both complementary and contradictory in nature--within a single image, and it's the same with her music. She's extremely colorful in her methods and means of expression, creating rich and enchanting concoctions that project longing, ...


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