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Album Review

A powerhouse who is equally at home with straight-ahead jazz and Afro-Cuban music, Michel Camilo has been a household name in the jazz world ever since moving to the U.S. in 1979. Surprisingly, Solo is his first recording as a piano soloist without a group. Camilo divides the dozen songs between four Brazilian numbers (including Jobim's "Corcovado"), a quartet of familiar standards and four of his originals, three of which are new. Highlights include Camilo's Oscar Peterson-style stride on "Our Love Is Here to Stay," the romantic "Reflections," a rhythmic "'Round Midnight," the haunting "Atras Da Porta," the majestic "Un Son" and a sly version of Nat King Cole's "Frim Fram Sauce." Throughout Solo, Michel Camilo utilizes a light touch and generally emphasizes ballads and quieter material. Although Solo does not quite generate the same amount of excitement as Camilo's often-classic trio dates, he plays beautifully throughout.

Customer Reviews

Virtuoso

I am at loss for words at how Michel Camilo can come up with so many meaningful ideas, and he has a gift. Love the album!

Biography

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

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

An exciting and high-powered virtuoso pianist, Michel Camilo is a Grammy Award-winning performer known for his cross-pollinated mix of Latin, jazz, and classical styles. Born in 1954 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Camilo came from a very musical family (all nine of his uncles were musicians). Originally playing accordion, he switched to piano around age nine when he also began his formal music studies. By the time he was 16 years old, Camilo was playing with the National Symphony Orchestra...
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