Essence (2019)

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Cover Art photography by: Herminio Alberti León

Cover Art photography by: Herminio Alberti León


  1. And Sammy Walked In (Michel Camilo)

  2. Mongo’s Blues Intro (Michel Camilo)

  3. Mongo’s Blues (Michel Camilo)

  4. Liquid Crystal (Michel Camilo)

  5. Mano a Mano (Michel Camilo)

  6. Just Like You (Michel Camilo)

  7. Yes (Michel Camilo)

  8. Piece of Cake (Michel Camilo)

  9. On Fire (Michel Camilo)

  10. Repercussions (Michel Camilo)

  11. Hello & Goodbye (Michel Camilo)


“ESSENCE marks my 25th album. This milestone recording is a celebration of the flowing dynamic creativity and interactive energy between my rhythm section and top-notch horn section, as we explore together the challenging virtuoso passages and exciting unexpected turns on some of my most well-known jazz compositions. The exhilarating "ensemble tightness” captured on these superb performances has always been an important signature element of my musical stylings. Making this special project was BIG FUN and I am really thrilled to share it with all of you! Enjoy!”

- Michel Camilo


  • Michel Camilo – piano, bandleader, composer

  • Ricky Rodriguez – bass

  • Cliff Almond – drums

  • Eliel Lazo – percussion, vocals

  • Antonio Hart – alto sax, flute

  • Sharel Cassity – alto sax, clarinet

  • Ralph Bowen – tenor sax, flute

  • Adam Kolker – tenor sax, clarinet

  • Frank Basile – baritone sax, bass clarinet

  • Michael Philip Mossman – trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger

  • Raul Agras – trumpet, flugelhorn

  • John Walsh – trumpet, flugelhorn

  • Diego Urcola – trumpet, flugelhorn

  • Kali Rodriguez-Peña – trumpet, flugelhorn

  • Michael Dease – trombone

  • Steve Davis – trombone

  • Jason Jackson – trombone

  • David Taylor – bass trombone

  • Produced by: Michel Camilo

  • Executive Producer: Sandra Camilo

  • Recording engineer: Phil Magnotti

  • Assistant engineer: Brett Mayer

  • Mixed by: Phil Magnotti & Michel Camilo

  • Mastered by: Phil Magnotti & Caco Refojo at Magnotti Productions and PKO Studios

  • Recorded at: Power Station Studios at Berklee NYC

  • Video by: Frankie Celenza