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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Their spellbinding collaboration Spain brought worldwide acclaim to the piano and guitar duo of Michel Camilo and José Fernándo Torres "Tomatito," and nearly seven years later, they reunite to surprise and amaze. Amaze because both men, explosive solo performers in their own right, are such a simpatico pair (and here perhaps it's Tomatito's flamenco background allowing him to support Camilo as he did the great singer Camarón de la Isla). And surprise because, title to the contrary, there's not too much overtly Spanish about this album. A suite of Astor Piazzolla tangos, "Stella by Starlight," and a somewhat goopy Juan Luis Guerra tune with the composer himself on lead ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Their spellbinding collaboration Spain brought worldwide acclaim to the piano and guitar duo of Michel Camilo and José Fernándo Torres "Tomatito," and nearly seven years later, they reunite to surprise and amaze. Amaze because both men, explosive solo performers in their own right, are such a simpatico pair (and here perhaps it's Tomatito's flamenco background allowing him to support Camilo as he did the great singer Camarón de la Isla). And surprise because, title to the contrary, there's not too much overtly Spanish about this album. A suite of Astor Piazzolla tangos, "Stella by Starlight," and a somewhat goopy Juan Luis Guerra tune with the composer himself on lead vocals - it's a richly varied set that's less self-consciously Iberian as its predecessor. "A Los Nietos," a Tomatito number dedicated to Pat Metheny sports some flamenco flair, to be sure; Chick Corea's "La Fiesta" darts in and out of Latin rhythms and "From Within," Camilo's fiery tropical composition, answers it from his Caribbean perspective. Broadening their palettes on this meeting, Camilo & Tomatito together prove what each has demonstrated repeatedly alone, that musical virtuosity knows no borders.
All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Michel Camilo, the New York-based, Dominican-born pianist, and Tomatito, the Spanish flamenco guitarist, recorded a well-received duets album called Spain in 2000, and this sequel is intended to take the collaboration to the next level. Spain Again does. It's a bravura performance that pushes both men into strange and satisfying new territories and spotlights the abilities of each to find places where they are mutually comfortable and inspired. As on the first pairing, the musicianship is flawless throughout, the two virtuosos dancing around each other's melodies, creating fascinating, harmonious bridges, building upon and toying with structural ideas beyond what each composition calls for. Camilo's complex jazz piano inventions suddenly give way to Tomatito's spellbinding acoustic guitar runs; the two meet someplace in the middle, enjoy the freedom that unfettered exploration allows, and emerge with new entities that only an alliance of equals can bring about. The pace is set quickly with "El Dia Eque Me Quieras," a tribute to tango legend Astor Piazzolla, moves through various originals and standards a silky, semi-classical "Stella by Starlight" is both graceful and awe-inspiring in its mastery and eventually finds its way to the only vocal piece on the album, "Amor de Conuco," sung by guest Juan Luis Guerra. Strangely, though the vocal is quite lovely, it's a mood-breaker, diminishing the evocative elegance that Camilo and Tomatito have spent much of the past hour laying out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/2006
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602498781364
  • Catalog Number: 717902
  • Sales rank: 72,982

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Dia Que Me Quieras (5:17)
  2. 2 Libertango (4:08)
  3. 3 Fuga y Misterio (3:51)
  4. 4 Adios Nonino (7:17)
  5. 5 Stella by Starlight (3:29)
  6. 6 Twilight Glow (5:13)
  7. 7 A Los Nietos (4:36)
  8. 8 La Tarde (2:02)
  9. 9 La Fiesta (6:00)
  10. 10 From Within (6:21)
  11. 11 Amor de Conuco - Juan Luis Guerra (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michel Camilo Primary Artist, Piano
Tomatito Flamenco Guitar
Juan Luis Guerra Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Michel Camilo Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Tomatito Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Carlos Gardel Composer
Juan Luis Guerra Composer
Phil Magnotti Digital Editing, Mastering, Engineering
Wolfgang Müller Executive Producer
Ned Washington Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Truly Talented Duo

    After listening many times to Spain2 I purchased Spain. Very different and one can hear how Camilo and Tomatito have developed their personal styles and their ability to play almost as one. Chic would be pleased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing Duo

    Greetings from sunny Mexico... I found this CD just so good, now I want to know more about these two amazing artists. Push the play button and let your imagination take you to a relaxing moment of inspiration and stimulation to your senses.

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