Down Beat - 6/97, pp.53-544 stars (out of 5)
- "...[Camilo] and his intrepid trio pay tribute to a number of jazz and Latin music immortals....musical intuition is distributed lavishly on nearly every tune....Camilo...is thoroughly steeped in all the Latin rhythms....it's what critics would call a tour de force..."
JazzTimes - 8/97, pp.83-84
"...a bold, invigorating exploration of 12 Latin jazz standards....His takes on these familar tunes is remarkably fresh, with his trademark ebullience balanced by intelligence, precision, and originality....Camilo's interpretaions are richly-textured..."
Personnel: Michel Camilo (piano); Anthony Jackson, Lincoln Goines, John Patitucci (bass); Cliff Almond, Horacio Hernandez (drums).
Recorded at The Carriage House Studios, Stamford, Connecticutt on October 30 & 31 and November 1 & 2, 1996. Includes liner notes by Felipe Luciano.
Personnel: Michel Camilo (piano); Anthony Jackson (guitar, double bass); Horacio "El Negro" Hern ndez, Cliff Almond (drums).
Liner Note Author: Felipe Luciano.
Recording information: The Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT (10/30/1996-11/03/1996).
Photographer: Anthony Israel.
Arranger: Michel Camilo.
THRU MY EYES is pianist Michel Camilo's take on his favorite standard tunes. With but a few exceptions, Camilo, being such an accomplished composer, has found little need in past efforts to resort to covering other artist's songs. Here, however, his keen musical taste has yielded a collection of 12 outstanding interpretations of some of the best Latin-flavored gems in the repertoire. With such high-class sidemen as Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci and percussion powerhouse Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Camilo has turned in yet another top-flight performance.
The classic "Poinciana" opens the set with a gentle bounce as Camilo proceeds to wash lush chords over the silky melody. Next, "Perdido" gets an exciting Latin workout before heading into a burning bebop solo by the leader. As expected, Latin jazz favorites like "A Night In Tunisia," "Manteca" and "St. Thomas" are given a vigorous turn with that special Camilo touch. Several surprises are in store, however, as Chick Corea's "Armando's Rhumba," Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" and Bird's "My Little Suede Shoes" are given refreshing interpretations with plenty of delightful solo work by all. If you are tired of cookie cutter standards records, this is a standout collection by a legendary performer.