Here's one for all the fans of latin music—pianist Michel Camilo is a far cry from the mellow melodies of Antonio Carlos Jobim … but that's okay. Sometimes music just has to kick ungodly amounts of ass.


Check out the above track from his album One More Once, which features a big band that was so sick… it was one of the hottest collections of New York cats and Latin all-stars I've ever heard. Seriously, listen to that track.

That's the one and only Paquito D'Rivera on the alto sax solo. The ridiculously burning alto sax solo, I should say.

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Here are a few more tracks from the album:


"Why Not!"

Man, "Why Not!" is the sort of super cheesy name that only really super burning jazz musicians can get away with. I love this track, partly for the great solo from Camilo, but partly for the the shout chorus that plays after the solos (at 4:35). Check out John Faddis on the lead trumpet. Good gravy.


"Suite Sandrine, Part 3"

A slow burn that builds to an insane climax—Michel's montuno piano-playing is unlike anyone else in the business, and he can deliver a groove so hard. They do some fun things with bass trombone in here as well. Stay through to the end. What a grind this tune has!


"Not Yet"

This is the first track from the record, a groovy blues with a nice tenor solo from Ralph Bowen. I actually transcribed this solo back in college… I still remember some of his turnaround licks all these years later. Go ahead, Ralph.


Do yourself a favor and pick up the whole album. Put that sucker on and try to sit still.