Internationally-known and respected jazz pianist Michel Camilo continues to attract a wide jazz listening audience. In his latest entry, this 2003 Grammy winner reveals the ongoing promise that George Gershwin music offers to pianists -- a solid, wonderfully imaginative recording of jazz music by America's great jazz composer!
Michel Camilo successfully merges jazz and symphonic motifs in his unique interpretations. In the "Prelude No. 2" for solo piano, Camilo soars with a magnificent touch of improvised blues.
The spirit of George Gershwin (1896 - 1937) is very much alive and enduring in this unusual jazz approach by Michel Camilo. Camilo catches insights and motifs into the heart and soul of the George Gershwin music. Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" premiered in concert on February 12, 1924 with Gershwin at the piano and Paul Whiteman conducting the orchestra.
George Gershwin is jazz. Looking over the many decades of Gershwin recordings, he has dominated the field of American jazz music. Michel Camilo is the perfect performer for this fine collection, and there is a sense of romantic energy that comes through the sensitive playing of Camilo that is magical in its originality!
The liner notes accompanying the CD are interesting facts about George Gershwin and Michel Camilo. The comments by Camilo are valuable insights into his piano playing approaches.
The full listing of performances include "Rhapsody in Blue," "Concerto in F," and "Prelude No. 2." Camilo's interpretation is first rate, stands alone for its imaginative scope, and takes its place among classic performances by a master pianist of vision and imagination.
Michel Camilo is a master of the jazz piano. It is much in evidence with this recording. This is a CD to treasure and play often. Highly recommended and highly enjoyable listening.