Grammy®, Emmy® and two-time Latin Grammy Award winner returns to his trio setting - first trio project in four years.The opening track of Dominican pianist and composer Michel Camilo's dazzling new release, Mano a Mano as he joins the Decca/EmArcy (Universal Music Group), is not only a scene setter but a declaration of principle. Optimistic, brimming with energy and understated virtuosity, "Yes," an original composition by Michel, hints at the sound of classic Cubop while celebrating modern Afro-Caribbean jazz. "'Yes' is a positive piece," says Michel. "It's an affirmation. It's saying that getting involved in this music, in this project, has been all worthwhile.
Finnish guitarist Timo Korhonen tackles substantial solo works by three of the late twentieth century's most important composers. Magnus Lindberg's sonata Mano a mano is the most lightweight contribution; he is skillful at exploiting the instrument's timbral variety, but the harmonic and rhythmic conventionality of the writing makes for a piece that is more bland than engaging. Each of the three movements of Takemitsu's In the Woods is each dedicated to a guitarist who championed his work: John Williams, Kiyoshi Shomura, and Julian Bream.
King of Bongo is an album by Mano Negra, released on April 1, 1991. The album was mainly aimed at the American audience, and as such most of the songs are in English. The French edition of Rolling Stone magazine named this album the 61st greatest French rock album (out of 100).
The debut from Mano Negra is more than a band wanting to be the Clash. It's the sound of a band becoming the Clash (it compresses all the musical sprawl of Sandinista! into a single disc), then going on to find their own sound, most especially with tracks like "Indios de Barcelona" and "Mala Vida," both of which would become staples of their repertoire. (…) But perhaps its most remarkable achievement is that in 1988, when acid house was rendering guitars obsolete all over Europe, Mano Negra could make such a vital record that made rock important again.