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Michel Camilo: Solo

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Michel Camilo: Solo You get the truest measure of a pianist when s/he plays alone, completely responsible for keeping time and the listener's interest; it's the most personal, revealing canvas of all. On Solo, Michel Camilo's vibrant colors appear in new shadings, reflecting this uniquely intimate setting.



The Grammy-winning pianist's first solo album is designed as a trilogy: equal parts Brazilian tunes, jazz standards, and Camilo originals, it represents for him "the three worlds that are closest to my heart." Heartfelt is definitely a common denominator here, whether it's in the meditative "A Dream," the stride-flavored "Our Love is Here to Stay," or Camilo's exquisite version of Jobim's "Luiza," which brings out its resemblance to a classic Chopin waltz.



Of course there's passion as well—you can't have a Camilo performance without that—and this abounds in the blues-inflected "Reflections," the surprising tango take on "'Round Midnight," and the jubilant tribute to Cuban rhythm in "Un Son." Camilo delivers a spare, sly version of "Frim Fram Sauce" and reminds of the harmonic beauty of "Corcovado" before it became elevator music. Two rare and gleaming Brazilian gems, a pensive "Someone to Watch Over Me" and a welcome reprise of "Suntan," one of his most famous tunes, complete the dozen delights on this CD.



Warm, inviting, and direct—free of any overdubs— Solo is a must-hear for fans, and a beautiful introduction to Camilo's distinctive gifts for others.


Track Listing: A Dream, Minha (All Mine), Our Love is Here to Stay, Reflections, Luiza, Round Midnight, Atras Da Porta, Someone to Watch Over Me, Un Son, The Frim-Fram Sauce, Corcovado, Suntan

Personnel: Michel Camilo (piano)

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Telarc Records | Style: Beyond Jazz


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