12 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dominican pianist and composer Michel Camilo’s Spirit of the Moment is Latin Jazz distilled to a piano-trio essence. The group featured on the album — Camilo and the Cuban rhythm section of Charles Flores on bass and Dafnis Prieto on drums — are masters of deft and subtle blending. Listening to the disc, it’s not unusual find yourself enjoying the overall impact of a track before noticing how nicely Caribbean touches mesh with jazz components. On “Just Now” and “Hurry Up and Wait” the group artfully brings a Latin tinge to the sort of funky jazz associated with pianists such as Les McCann and Ramsay Lewis. Abbreviated covers of Wayne Shorter’s “Nerfititi” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” shine brightly, even if their relative brevity is a bit of a tease. And the trio is clearly at home with slower tempos; the classically-tinged “My Secret Places” and “A Place in Time” are studies in nuance and sensitivity. The title track, with its delicious mix of Latin ingredients, and “Repercussions,” which draws on the high-energy sounds of the John Coltrane Quartet, further display the range of Camilo and crew. Spirit of the Moment is a must-have for Latin Jazz fans.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dominican pianist and composer Michel Camilo’s Spirit of the Moment is Latin Jazz distilled to a piano-trio essence. The group featured on the album — Camilo and the Cuban rhythm section of Charles Flores on bass and Dafnis Prieto on drums — are masters of deft and subtle blending. Listening to the disc, it’s not unusual find yourself enjoying the overall impact of a track before noticing how nicely Caribbean touches mesh with jazz components. On “Just Now” and “Hurry Up and Wait” the group artfully brings a Latin tinge to the sort of funky jazz associated with pianists such as Les McCann and Ramsay Lewis. Abbreviated covers of Wayne Shorter’s “Nerfititi” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” shine brightly, even if their relative brevity is a bit of a tease. And the trio is clearly at home with slower tempos; the classically-tinged “My Secret Places” and “A Place in Time” are studies in nuance and sensitivity. The title track, with its delicious mix of Latin ingredients, and “Repercussions,” which draws on the high-energy sounds of the John Coltrane Quartet, further display the range of Camilo and crew. Spirit of the Moment is a must-have for Latin Jazz fans.

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