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Michel Camilo Trio: Caribe live (1990)

Michel Camilo (born April 4, 1954) is a Grammy-award winning pianist and composer from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

He specializes in jazz, Latin and classical piano work. Camilo lists some of his main influences as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Art Tatum.

Michel Camilo – piano

Michael Bowie – bass

Cliff Almond – drums

Camilo was born into a musical family and as a young child showed aptitude for the accordion that his parents gave him. Although he enjoyed the accordion, it was his grandparents’ piano that sparked his interest the most, so at aged 9 he asked his parents to buy him one. Their response was to first send him to the Elementary Music School, part of the National Conservatory, and then a year later to grant his wish.

The formal system of the music school taught Camilo to play in the classical style, and by age 16 he was playing with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. Camilo comments on his first encounter with the sounds of jazz, in an interview with the All About Jazz website: “The first time I heard jazz was when I was 14 and a half. I heard the great Art Tatum on the radio playing his solo piano rendition of ‘Tea for Two.’ That immediately caught my ear. I just wanted to soak it in, to learn to play that style. Then I found out it was jazz.”

Camilo studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory, and whilst developing his strong classical abilities was also heavily influenced by the bebop tradition, and by the contemporary jazz of Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Amilton Godoy (Zimbo Trio‘s pianist). His influences at this time also included Horace Silver, Erroll Garner, and the ragtime music of Scott Joplin.

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When the Harvard University Jazz Band visited the Dominican Republic and heard Camilo at a jam session, the bandleader encouraged him, ‘You should be in the States’, and so the idea was planted. In 1979, Camilo moved to New York to study at Mannes College and at The Juilliard School, and broke onto the international stage in 1983 when Tito Puente‘s pianist was unable to make a concert at the Montreal Jazz Festival. On a recommendation, without hearing him, Puente asked Camilo to play. Cuban reedman Paquito D’Rivera was in the audience and offered him a place in his band. For four years, Camilo toured internationally with D’Rivera and recorded two albums with him.

Camilo’s emergence as a star in his own right began around 1985, the year he debuted with his trio at Carnegie Hall. In that same year he toured Europe with Paquito D’Rivera’s quintet, and recorded his first album, Why Not?, for Japan’s King label. His album Suntan/In Trio had a trio with Anthony Jackson on the bass and Dave Weckl on the drums. In 1988, Camilo debuted on a major record label, Sony, with the release of Michel Camilo, which became a bestseller and held the top jazz album spot for ten consecutive weeks.

Special guests joined in with Camilo, such as percussionist Sammy Figueroa and tap dancer Raul. Other bestselling albums followed and so did the accolades, including a Grammy and an Emmy. Camilo’s collaborative 2000 album with flamenco guitarist Tomatito Spain won Best Latin Jazz Album in the first Latin Grammy Awards.

As well as being an outstanding performer, Camilo is a talented composer and has written scores for several Spanish language films including Los Peores Años de Nuestra Vida and the award-winning Amo Tu Cama Rica.

Camilo tours extensively, and lectures in Europe, the US, and in the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. He holds several honorary degrees, a Visiting Professorship and a Doctorate at Berklee College of Music, and has been honored in his home country by being named a Knight of the Heraldic Order of Christopher Columbus, and being awarded the Silver Cross of the Order of Duarte, Sanchez & Mella.

Camilo’s regular trio lineup for many years had his long-term friends Anthony Jackson on contrabass guitar and Cliff Almond on drums. Charles Flores has occupied the trio’s bass seat since their Grammy-winning album Live at the Blue Note. Lately Camilo has drummer Dafnis Prieto as part of his trio. This new trio released the album Spirit of the Moment in April 2007.

Other musicians he has played with include Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie, Katia Labèque, Toots Thielemans, Airto Moreira, Chuck Mangione, Stanley Turrentine, Claudio Roditi, Nancy Alvarez, Mongo Santamaría, George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Jon Faddis, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lew Soloff, Tania Maria, Jaco Pastorius, Patato, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Chuck Loeb, Giovanni Hidalgo,

Guarionex Aquino, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Valentin, Flora Purim, Delfeayo Marsalis, Chucho Valdés, Joe Lovano, Herbie Hancock, Tomatito, John Patitucci, David Sanchez, Hiromi Uehara, Cachao, Marcus Roberts, Steve Gadd, Danilo Perez, Gary Burton, Billy Taylor, Dave Weckl, Hilton Ruiz, Roy Hargrove, Romero Lubambo, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Leny Andrade, Bireli Lagrene, Marian McPartland, Leonard Slatkin, Arturo Sandoval, Aisha Syed Castro, Béla Fleck, Lou Marini, Cliff Almond, Mark Walker.

Discography

Year recordedTitleLabelNotes
1984French ToastElectric BirdAs French Toast
1985Why Not?Electric BirdWith Lew Soloff (trumpet), Chris Hunter (alto sax, tenor sax), Anthony Jackson (bass), Dave Weckl (drums), Guarionex Aquino and Sammy Figueroa (percussion)
1986Suntan/In TrioElectric BirdWith Anthony Jackson (bass), Dave Weckl and Joel Rosenblatt (drums)
1988Michel CamiloCBS PortraitWith Marc Johnson, Lincoln Goines and Marcus “Benjy” Johnson (bass), Joel Rosenblatt and Dave Weckl (drums), Mongo Santamaría (conga)
1989On FirePortraitWith Marc Johnson and Michael Bowie (bass), Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Joel Rosenblatt and Dave Weckl (drums), Sammy Figueroa (conga)
1990On the Other HandEpicWith Chris Hunter and Ralph Bowen (alto sax), Michael Mossman (trumpet), Michael Bowie (bass), Cliff Almond (drums), D.K. Dyson (vocals), Sammy Figueroa (percussion, congas)
1991Amo Tu Cama RicaSoundtrack
1993RendezvousColumbiaWith Anthony Jackson (bass), Dave Weckl (drums)
1994One More OnceColumbiaWith big band
1996Two Muchsoundtrack
1997Thru My EyesColumbiaWith Anthony Jackson, Lincoln Goines and John Patitucci (bass), Cliff Almond and Horacio Hernández (drums)
2000SpainVerveDuo, with Tomatito (guitar)
2001Calle 54Soundtrack
2001Piano Concerto, Suite & CaribeDeccaBBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin
2002TrianguloTelarcWith Anthony Jackson, Horacio Hernández (drums)
2003Live at the Blue NoteTelarcWith Chuck Flores (bass), Horacio Hernández (drums); in concert
2004SoloTelarcSolo piano
2006Rhapsody in BlueTelarcWith Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
2006Spain AgainEmarcyDuo, with Tomatito (guitar)
2006Spirit of the MomentTelarcTrio, with Dafnis Prieto (drums), Charles Flores (bass)
2009Caribe – Michel Camilo Big BandDVD/CD
2011Mano a ManoEmarcyTrio, with Charles Flores (bass), Giovanni Hidalgo (percussion)
2013What’s Up?OkehSolo piano
2016Spain ForeverUniversalDuo, with Tomatito (guitar)
2017Live in LondonRedondo MusicSolo piano; in concert

Michel Camilo’s sheet music books are included in our Library.

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Libertango (Piano Solo) – Astor Piazzola

Libertango (Piano Solo) – Astor Piazzola with sheet music (partitura)

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Libertango is a composition by tango composer Astor Piazzolla, recorded and published in 1974 in Milan. The title is a portmanteau merging “Libertad” (Spanish for “liberty”) and “tango”, symbolizing Piazzolla’s break from classical tango to tango nuevo.

Astor Piazzolla recorded and published Libertango in 1974 in Milan, symbolizing his break from classical tango to tango nuevo (see below for recording details).

Cellist YoYo Ma played Libertango on his 1997 album Soul of the Tango: The Music of Astor Piazzolla.

It was featured by guitarist Al Di Meola in his 2000 album The Grande Passion.

In 2002 Libertango appeared on Australian/British classical crossover string quartet Bond second album “Shine”.

In 2017, it appeared on the collaborative live album by the Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi and the Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, recorded in Montreal.
Although Libertango was born as an instrumental piece, in 1990 Uruguayan poet Horacio Ferrer added lyrics in Spanish language based on the theme of freedom.

According to the performance database at All Music Guide, the composition has appeared on over 500 separate releases. Grace Jones’s song I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) uses the same music, as does Jazz Mandolin Project’s song “Jungle Tango”, Guy Marchand’s song “Moi je suis tango” and Kati Kovács’s song Hívlak.

In 1997 Irish folk musician Sharon Shannon recorded a cover of Grace Jones’ I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango) for her third album, Each Little Thing. Featuring session vocals by Kirsty MacColl it also appeared in 2001 on The One and Only, a compilation album released after her death. Shannon re-released the recording as the title track of her 2005 compilation.

Cuban-American singer/composer Luisa Maria Güell added lyrics in the theme of the “Libertango” title and recorded it for her 2007 album Una. A more recent version in Spanish of Libertango lyrics belongs to the Argentinian singer, lyricist and composer Lilí Gardés, who describes the loneliness of city life. This version was approved by Edizione Cursi/Pagani SRL, and it was part of the show Zombitango.
In the Prince of Tennis anime series, Atobe Keigo and Sanada Genichirou attended a performance of this song. They used it later to set the beat for their Doubles match. In the fandom these characters are known as the “Tango Pair”.

Libertango was the backing music in the Tarot advert for Volvo’s S60 compact executive saloon.

The music was used in the Roman Polanski movie Frantic (1988), as well as in Jacques Rivette’s film Le Pont du Nord (1981).

Astor Piazzolla

Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed Nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneonist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles.

In 1992, American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as “the world’s foremost composer of Tango music”.

After leaving Troilo’s orchestra in the 1940s, Piazzolla led numerous ensembles beginning with the 1946 Orchestra, the 1955 Octeto Buenos Aires, the 1960 “First Quintet”, the 1971 Conjunto 9 (“Noneto”), the 1978 “Second Quintet” and the 1989 New Tango Sextet. As well as providing original compositions and arrangements, he was the director and bandoneon player in all of them.

He also recorded the album Summit (Reunión Cumbre) with jazz baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan. His numerous compositions include orchestral work such as the Concierto para bandoneón, orquesta, cuerdas y percusión, Doble concierto para bandoneón y guitarra, Tres tangos sinfónicos and Concierto de Nácar para 9 tanguistas y orquesta, pieces for the solo classical guitar – the Cinco Piezas (1980), as well as song-form compositions that still today are well known by the general public in his country, including “Balada para un loco” (Ballad for a madman) and Adiós Nonino (dedicated to his father), which he recorded many times with different musicians and ensembles. Biographers estimate that Piazzolla wrote around 3,000 pieces and recorded around 500.

In 1984 he appeared with his Quinteto Tango Nuevo in West-Berlin, Germany and for television in Utrecht, Netherlands. In the summer of 1985 he performed at the Almeida Theatre in London for a week-long engagement. On September 6, 1987, his quintet gave a concert in New York’s Central Park, which was recorded and, in 1994, released in compact disc format as The Central Park Concert.

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