Spain

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Tomatito may not be much of a name as of yet, but this extraordinary neuvo-flamenco guitarist is sure to cause lots of talk after this exciting recording gets around. Working in close harmony with the Dominican Republic-born pianist Michel Camilo, the Spanish guitarist struts his stuff with passion and spectacular technical skill. The pianist and the guitarist give each other plenty of room, but their affinity for Latin-flavored acoustic jazz continually shows in their near-telepathic communication. Their versions of Chick Corea's classic "Spain," which comes complete with a full-fledged introduction by Rodrigo that Corea only hinted at in his original recording, as ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Tomatito may not be much of a name as of yet, but this extraordinary neuvo-flamenco guitarist is sure to cause lots of talk after this exciting recording gets around. Working in close harmony with the Dominican Republic-born pianist Michel Camilo, the Spanish guitarist struts his stuff with passion and spectacular technical skill. The pianist and the guitarist give each other plenty of room, but their affinity for Latin-flavored acoustic jazz continually shows in their near-telepathic communication. Their versions of Chick Corea's classic "Spain," which comes complete with a full-fledged introduction by Rodrigo that Corea only hinted at in his original recording, as well as the Latin standard "Besame Mucho" are given rousing performances that bring these tunes to life again. Originals by both leaders and two tunes by guitarist Luis Salinas also burst with full-blooded playing and well-thought-out arrangements. Camlo has long shown his talents to American jazz fans; Tomatito --"little tomato" -- is on the verge of what looks like a momentous career.
All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
There's a simple, basic, and direct approach that pervades the duets from pianist Camilo and acoustic guitarist Tomatito. But that seemingly bottom-line approach is transcended by the brilliant musicianship of these two players, as they play ultra-melodic music to its ultimate zenith time and time again. The tone is set from the get go as they languish in the freedom of Rodrigo and Chick Corea's "Spain," played as perfectly and spirited as anyone could want. But "Besame Mucho" is changed up, interpreted in loose associations extrapolated out of strict time on this famous melody. Tomatito wrote two of the eight tracks as the pair use a combination of counterpoint and unison lines, approaching sheer telepathy on the brightly melodic "A Mi Nino Jose," while evoking more Chick Corea-isms with melodies passionately flying about on "La Vacilona." Two compositions by the underappreciated Luis Salinas are included as the urgent 4/4 of "Para Troilo Y Salgan" shows Camilo and Tomatito to be the virtuosic speed demons their preceding reputations evince, while "Aire De Tango" is like a samba version of "I Concentrate on You," nicely warmed with a calmed guitar solo. Camilo's lone writing on "Two Much/Love Theme" is also restrained and relaxed, atypical for the usually fiery pianist. This is a recording that bears ripe, luscious fruit, albeit only 45 minutes worth. A follow-up please. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731456154527
  • Catalog Number: 561545
  • Sales rank: 47,084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spain Intro (3:21)
  2. 2 Spain (5:33)
  3. 3 Besame Mucho (7:53)
  4. 4 A Mi Niño José (4:52)
  5. 5 Two Much/Love Theme (5:56)
  6. 6 Para Troilo Y Salgán (6:02)
  7. 7 La Vacilona (5:26)
  8. 8 Aire de Tango (6:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michel Camilo Primary Artist, Piano
Tomatito Flamenco Guitar
Technical Credits
Michel Camilo Arranger, Producer
Tomatito Arranger
Phil Magnotti Engineer, Mastering
Julio Marti Executive Producer
Sunny Skylar Composer
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Oscar Mariné Graphic Design
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