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Dominican pianist and composer Michel Camilo’s Spirit of the Moment is Latin Jazz distilled to a piano-trio essence. The group featured on the album — Camilo and the Cuban rhythm section of Charles Flores on bass and Dafnis Prieto on drums — are masters of deft and subtle blending. Listening to the disc, it’s not unusual find yourself enjoying the overall impact of a track before noticing how nicely Caribbean touches mesh with jazz components. On “Just Now” and “Hurry Up and Wait” the group artfully brings a Latin tinge to the sort of funky jazz associated with pianists such as Les McCann and Ramsay Lewis. Abbreviated covers of Wayne Shorter’s “Nerfititi” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” shine brightly, even if their relative brevity is a bit of a tease. And the trio is clearly at home with slower tempos; the classically-tinged “My Secret Places” and “A Place in Time” are studies in nuance and sensitivity. The title track, with its delicious mix of Latin ingredients, and “Repercussions,” which draws on the high-energy sounds of the John Coltrane Quartet, further display the range of Camilo and crew. Spirit of the Moment is a must-have for Latin Jazz fans.

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Spirit of the Moment

Is any real Michel Camilo fan surprized that he has come up with yet another great album? Really. Is anyone who has listened to this artist, even slightly surprized that the latest release is again a must have? All his albums are great. They are different from each other too which is a commentary on Michel's virtuosity as a pianist, composer, and arranger. As soon as michel releases a new work I find myself impatiently awaiting his next. He has never dissapointed, and don't expect he ever will. I just love the music he creates because it always comes from his heart.

A Trip So Well Worth the Price of the Ticket!!!

I wondered how he would top "Live at the Blue Note"..well here it is...this trio anchored by the incomparable Charles Flores on bass and Dafnis Prieto displaying a maturity and subtlety beyond his years accompany Captain Camilo on this trip through a breadth and depth of jazz expression that is rare to encounter. The virtuosity of Camilo blends with the strength of his trio to allow us to experience his appreciation and mastery of the genre from its hallowed halls, Nefertiti/Giant Steps to its contemporary innovations Just Now/Spirit of the Moment. Sit back and enjoy the trip. The soundstage of this production is amazing grab either a very good set of headphones or good speakers to really appreciate...nonetheless...go, listen, ennjoy!

Another winner from Mr Camilo



Born: April 4, 1954 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

An exciting and high-powered virtuoso pianist, Michel Camilo came from a very musical family (all nine of his uncles were musicians). Originally playing accordion, he switched to piano when he was 16. After moving to New York in 1979, his song "Why Not?" became a hit for the Manhattan Transfer and caught on as a standard, and "Caribe" entered the repertoire of Dizzy Gillespie. Camilo, who worked with Paquito d'Rivera's band for three years (cutting an album with "Why Not?" as the title cut), recorded...
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