Michel Camilo | Thru My Eyes – [Verve, 1997]
I first saw Michel Camilo performing in 2000 in Jerusalem. I was not really sure what to expect since I did not know anything about this musician before the concert, besides that he is playing a “Latino jazz”, and I am not a big fan of Latino music (I am a big fan of piano jazz though). Well, what I found out is that Camilo never plays strait Latino, but incorporates the trend into solid gold jazz crafting. No question – Latino flavor is there, but it makes his music even more exciting. I went looking for his CD the next day after the concert, and I picked the “Thru My Eyes“. That CD officially made me Michel Camilo’s fan. Since then I bought every single CD the pianist released and was never disappointed.
Thru My Eyes does not include any original material on it (as suggested in the title) – but the selection is great, and Michel’s convincing manner of playing really makes you feel like he actually wrote all the tunes. The sound quality is excellent, and bass-drums support is phenomenal. This CD is like a shot of espresso – dense and robust. Highly recommended. —Eugene/Chicago
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