Chucho Valdes And Michel Camilo Performing El Manisero

by chipboaz on November 28, 2016

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There’s a reason that we’ve got standard repertoire in the Latin Jazz world. First of all, these are simply great songs that made an impact at some point in history; we don’t want to forget them. They are also a lesson in language, that help young musicians learn the common melodies, rhythms, and stylistic norms of the genre. Most importantly, they become songs that all experienced musicians know, so they offer an opportunity for interpretation and unique twists. When you put a standard in the hands of a master musician and you’ll get a lesson in style, interpretation, and personality.

Today’s video sees not one, but two master musicians taking a Latin Jazz standard in a number of different directions. From his days with Irakere to his current run of albums with the Afro-Cuban Jazz Messengers, Chucho Valdes has been an icon of Cuban Jazz, with his jaw dropping technical ability and his endless stream of innovative ideas. Michel Camilo has been a bright light of Latin Jazz with an abundance of energy, a joyful sense fo musicality, and an equally astonishing level of technical facility. When these two pianists tackle one of the most standard pieces of Cuban literature Simon Moses’ “El Manisero,” we get an unforgettable performance full of fireworks, musicality, and playful interaction. This one is a must-see!

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Papá Bocó From Yasser Tejeda & Palotré
Romero Lubambo & Leny Andrade Duet On Jobim’s Dindi
Giovanni Hidalgo & Friends Tipico Descarga

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