Michel Camilo & Tomatito: Spain




Michel Camilo (piano) and Tomatito (guitar)


Spain (Verve 561 545 2)

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Michel Camilo (piano), Tomatito (guitar).

Composed by Chick Corea


Recorded: Stamford, CT, August 1999


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Chick Corea's hit tune played by a Spanish flamenco guitarist and a piano virtuoso from the Dominican Republic, how can this sound? The theme itself is so thickly written that it actually leaves little room for the two musicians to show anything else than their sound and technique. You have to wait until Tomatito takes a solo to hear some feeling and emotion, both in the slow passages and in the purely virtuosic moments. Camilo, for his part, tends to overplay and doesn't bring much to the original song, while the guitarist adds a subtle personal touch even when he plays arpeggios or chords behind his overwhelming partner.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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