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His piano became well known almost four decades ago, when he was the support act on the tours of saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera. Known since then as one of the indisputably great figures of Latin jazz, the commitment of Dominican-born Michel Camilo has not changed one iota: to keep demonstrating that the main objective of jazz lies in creating conflicts. This means turning apparently simple pieces into complex and unpredictable compositions.
Don Sebesky once said about him that he is one of the few musicians who are always looking for new materials. If he’s not challenged, Michel Camilo doesn’t seem to be complete. That’s why he’s now visiting JAZZMADRID to give a concert in which many of us will be wanting to see a tribute to all the piano solos that have been his signature throughout his musical career. And also all the styles that Camilo has loved: jazz, blues, milonga, bolero… The piano as a differentiating catharsis between the essential and the anecdotal.
Michel Camilo is the master of his sound, an artist of musical filigrees. He is resolute in the introductions that start up his pieces and the agreement he reaches with himself – inverting rhythmic accents and avoiding obvious resorts – shows an in-depth study of his repertoire which, as we have said, is brimming with references from all the different musical genres that have touched him.
Piano: Michel Camilo.