Caribe: Michel Camilo Big Band (2009)
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Suite Sandrine - Part III
Michel Camilo - Piano
Anthony Jackson - Contrabass Guitar
Cliff Almond - Drums
Guarionex Aquino - Percussion
John Faddis - Trumpet
Michael Mossman - Trumpet
Virgil Jones - Trumpet
Dave Bergeron - Trombone
Ed Neumeister - Trombone
William Cepeda - Trombone
David Taylor - Bass Trombone
Chris Hunter - Alto & Soprano Sax
Alex Foster - Alto Sax & Flute
Ralph Bowen - Tenor Sax & Flute
Lou Marini - Tenor Sax & Flute
Gary Smulyan - Baritone Sax
"Over the Casa de Campo hills in La Romana (Dominican Republic) lies Altos de Chavón, a very special, unreal place. A balcony atop the town affords a breathtaking view of the Chavón River. It was there that Francis Ford Coppola filmed the battle scenes for Apocalypse Now.
Designed by the Dominican architect José Antonio Caro as a replica of a sixteenth century Mediterranean village, and created by Italian master designer/cinematographer Roberto Coppa, the construction of Altos de Chavón began in 1976. At its very heart lie the Performing Arts Center of Altos de Chavón School of Design, with its crown jewel, a 5,000 seat Grecian-style amphitheater, inaugurated in 1982 with a live HBO special, The Concert of the Hemispheres, featuring Frank Sinatra and the Buddy Rich Big Band.
In 1994, Michel Camilo returned to his homeland. But he was not alone. Alongside him were his inseparable Sandra (Sandrine) and an A-list group of musicians. On December 3rd, a concert took place at the Altos de Chavón amphitheater that no one who was fortunate to be there is ever likely to forget.
Now, fifteen years later, that transfixing evening comes alive again for everyone to fully savor. Seldom does one find a musical dream team of this stature in a hypnotic state of collective inspiration.
Welcome to Caribe." - Fernando Trueba
Calle 54 Records/Sony Music
Filmed by Spanish Oscar winner director Fernando Trueba at the Altos de Chavón Amphitheater in the Dominican Republic.