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Michel Camilo

Pianist and composer Michel Camilo was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1954. Fascinated with music since childhood, he composed his first song at the age of five, then studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory. At 16, he became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra. Seeking to expand his musical horizons, he moved in 1979 to New York, where he continued his studies at Mannes and Juilliard School of Music. His composition Why Not? was recorded by Paquito D'Rivera as the title tune for one of his albums, and The Manhattan Transfer won a Grammy Award for their vocal version in 1983

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Dave Stryker: Blue Soul

Read "Blue Soul" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Germany's WDR Big Band has welcomed a great variety of musicians such as Fred Hersch, Michel Camilo, Ambrose Akinmusire and Jimmy Heath as guest soloists over the years. On this occasion they provide an invigorating backdrop for the springy and soulful guitar of Dave Stryker. The set list on this CD finds Stryker and ...

Essence

Label: Resilience Music Alliance
Released: 2019
Track listing: And Sammy Walked In; Mongo's Blues Intro; Mongo's Blues; Liquid Crystal; Mano a Mano; Just Like You; Yes; Piece Of Cake; On Fire; Repercussions; Hello & Goodbye.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Count Basie & Kenny Drew

Read "Count Basie & Kenny Drew" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Simply becuase we love that large and needed big band sound, we begin episode 612 of Neon Jazz with Dan Bonsanti leading his group of masterful musicians with their take on the jazz. From there, we zig zag around the jazz universe to show listeners where we have been and how far we are going wtih ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michel Camilo: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Michel Camilo is a virtuoso pianist who mixes jazz, Latin and classical. Playing as part of a trio, he is famous for hitting the listener with a constant barrage of technique as dazzling as it is tiring. Fortunately, the big band format of Essence puts the lid on such displays. The album forms a retrospective on ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Umbria Jazz 2019 - Prima parte

Read "Umbria Jazz 2019 - Prima parte" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Umbria Jazz 2019 Perugia, varie sedi 12-21.7.2019 “Numeri da record assoluto quelli di UJ19: oltre 40.000 paganti con un incasso che ha superato 1 milione e 600mila euro." Con queste parole di evidente soddisfazione si apre il comunicato diramato nella conferenza stampa conclusiva del festival umbro. Indubbiamente a Perugia il ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019

Read "Summer Jazz and Fringe Jazz Fest 2019" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Summer Jazz & Fringe Jazz Fest Various Venues Copenhagen, Denmark July 10-13, 2019 One of the best things about Copenhagen Jazz Festival is that it is not just one festival, but many festivals in one. During the festival, each corner of the city is filled with music. It ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michel Camilo: Essence

Read "Essence" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In numerology, the number 25 is connected to wisdom and an air of curiosity. Both traits, not surprisingly, speak directly to this pianist at the moment he delivers a dynamic big band album--his 25th release to date--a full quarter century after his first leader effort to explore this format. Essence's playlist spans decades, ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Cool nights, hot music at Jazz al Parque, Bogotá

Read "Cool nights, hot music at Jazz al Parque, Bogotá" reviewed by Mark Holston

Country Club Park Jazz al Parque Bogotá Bogotá, Colombia September 22-23, 2018 As outdoor concerts go, the scene couldn't be any more welcoming than the former country club and polo grounds that serve as home base for Bogotá, Colombia's annual Jazz al Parque. Bordered on two sides by upscale condominiums, ...


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