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Pianist Michel Camilo and guitarist Tomatito have had a long-standing and fruitful musical partnership since the release of their first recording together, Spain (Universal Spain, 2000). Their second album Spain Again came several years later, and now with the third installment of their musical journey comes Spain Forever, released today. Michel Camilo and Tomatito danced around each other's careers for sometime before they came together at the Barcelona Jazz Festival 19 years ago in the Palau de La Música. Each bringing with them histories of Flamenco and jazz, their collaboration resulted in an unexpected sound that was met with critical acclaim on their first two albums. On their third album Spain Forever, it's clear that their twenty-year journey has yielded a shared musical respect. The duo´s language is wiser: there are more silences, more pauses, yet also the aim for more complexity in their duets.
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Michel Camilo | Tomatito - Spain Forever / Jazz Weekly review
Pianist Michel Camilo and flamenco guitarist Tomatito are no strangers, having collaborated in the past on occasion. This one is a romantic dance floor mood of suave and rich moods. The two deliver Left Bank Bohemia as Tomatito bends the strings on "Nuages" while a rich flair is flung on "Manha De Carnaval." Rich and ebullient longing is felt during the interplay on "Gnossienne" as if you're overhearing ...
Michel Camilo/Tomatito - Spain Forever / theguardian review
Anyone who has every witnessed the torrential solo performances of Dominican Republic piano maestro Michel Camilo might assume there wouldn't be much room on stage for an equal partner, but his partnership with flamenco guitarist Tomatito has been compatibly maturing for almost 20 years. On their third album, they wind discreetly around each other on romantic themes such as the octave-pinging Agua y Vinh...