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  • Liner Notes: Carli Muñoz Live at Carli's Vol. 2

    CARLI MUNOZ TRIO
    Live at Carli's VOL. 2
    (released in 2007)
    (Inside panel)
    The Trio: Carli Muñoz on piano, Gabriel Rodriguez on bass, Gonzalo Sifre on drums WITH PEDRO PEREZ: BASS ON TRACK 10
    Although my most recent releases have been graced by jazz luminaries such as Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette and Joe Chambers, Lucille Dixon and Jack DeJohnette among others, this second volume of Live at Carli's, recorded with relatively unknown local players, doesn't leave much to be desired.
    Part of what constitutes the magic of this trio with local and relatively unknown players could be mainly attributed to three things; we've been playing together for nearly six years, we have never rehearsed, and we never have a plan for what we are going to play once we are on stage until we play it (we could add that we have never used a fake book or any other source of material other than an occasional “chicken scratch chord chart). Other elements raising the ante are simply obvious such as individual talent, musicianship, etc.
    The double bassist on tracks 1-9 Gabriel Rodriguez, joined the trio in the year 2001 when he was sent as a substitute to cover for another young and talented bassist Ricky Rodriguez, who had been playing with the trio for some time. Gabriel's talent, although still not fully developed at the time, was evident to me. From the beginning he displayed what I value most on a bassist for trio work: a great ear for listening and fearless spontaneity.
    On the other hand, drummer Gonzalo Sifre, who had been playing with me for a longer time, was more reserved than what I had previously been accustomed to in a drummer. This actually turned out to be a blessing. Over the years many great drummers have sat in to play with me on different occasions and the intensity and level of playing have often raised -- and even burst the barometer, but Gozalo's “less is more” and understated melodic approach has prevailed.
    I am proud of this recording: The level of communion, pure spontaneity and sheer beauty can be probably most appreciated on the second track and ninth track—“In the wee small hours of the morning” and “Portrait of Mia” – but that is just my personal opinion. In all, I love this trio work: it was a long due release and it reveals the passion for making music that truly represents the magic of the moment...now.
    Pianist Carli Muñoz has collaborated with some of the major figures in the jazz and rock history. His impressive résumé includes concerts and/or recordings with a wide variety of jazz giants, such as Charles Lloyd , Chico Hamilton, Les McCann , Wayne Henderson and George Benson. And under his leadership: Putter Smith , Paul Chambers , Lenny White, Chris Potter, Eddie Gomez , Jack DeJohnette , Don Byron , David Sanchez , Lucille Dixon and Jeremy Steig .
    Carli's substantial contribution to rock includes concert and/or recordings and collaboration with Wilson Pickett , The Association , Jimmy Haskell, Jan and Dean , Peter Cetera , Blondie Chaplin , Evie Sands, Henry Gross and eleven years with The Beach Boys . Carli's fourth solo album Maverick marks his pinnacle in the mainstream jazz arena with an all star cast including two Grammy Award recipients for 2005, and was mentioned among the best CD's of 2006 by Downbeat Magazine ; January 2007 issue.
    (back panel)
    This is volume two of the Live at Carli's recording series. It features the original trio that has kept the pulse of jazz going throughout the years making Carli Café Concierto the unique world class jazz listening experience it is today. Although Carli's previous release Maverick marked the piece de resistance of his career in the main stream jazz arena, this new release brings light into its roots, revealing a quality of performance never before exposed on his previous recordings. As his companion and constant listener for many years, I am proud of the level of achievement in this production and I hope that you too will like and enjoy it as much as I do. --KATIRA
    For many decades now, my name has been associated with music . My passion for music from an early age led to a lifetime of career achievements that covered a wide spectrum of experiences; from my first garage combo with the kids in the neighborhood, to joining Wilson Pickett and later The Beach Boys, to performing and recording with jazz giants such as Charles Lloyd, Chico Hamilton and George Benson among many others, and in the last decade, owning my own jazz club/restaurant Carli Café Concierto, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Although the restaurant business is associated with enormous amounts of work, I have, thanks to my wife Katira, a great staff and your continuous support, managed to continue to evolve in my music career as a jazz pianist and composer, performing almost nightly and realizing recording projects of the highest caliber, at the same time keeping the standards of Carl's to that of a world class fine dining and live jazz experience. This new recording should bring the live jazz listening experience to new heights. Sit back, relax and enjoy the music . -- CARLI

  • Liner Notes: Carli Muñoz Live at Carli's Vol. 1

    Live at Carli's Vol. 1 (Released in 2004)

    Carli Muñoz on piano
    Lucille Dixon on bass
    Gonzalo (Gunchi) Sifre on drums
    & featuring :
    Eddie Gomez on bass on tracks 1, 5, & 9.

    CARLI MUNOZ TRIO Live at Carli's VOL.1
    FEATURING LUCILLE DIXON & SPECIAL GUEST EDDIE GOMEZ

    1. April in Paris/I Love Paris (Vernon Duke, Harburg / Cole porter)
    2. Blues in F (Carli Muñoz, Lucille Dixon, Gonzalo Sifre)
    3. Satin Doll (Billi Strayhorn, Johny Mercer, and Duke Ellington)
    4. Ain't Misbehaving 1 (Fats Waller)
    5. Ain't Misbehaving 2 (Fats Waller )
    6. Bye Bye Blackbird (Ray Henderson )
    7. Cool Walk (Oscar Peterson)
    8. Yesterdays (Jerome Kern )
    9. Billie's Bounce (Charlie Parker)

    For many decades now, my name has been associated with music.

    My passion for music from an early age led to a lifetime of career achievements that covered a wide spectrum of experiences; from my first garage combo with the kids in the neighborhood, to joining Wilson pickett and later on The Beach Boys, to performing and recording with jazz giants such as Charles Lloyd, Chico Hamilton and George benson among others, and in the last decade, owning my own jazz club/restaurant Carli Café Concierto, in old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Although the restaurant business is associated with enormous amounts of work, I have, thanks to my wife Katira an a great staff, managed to continue to evolve in my music career as a jazz pianist and composer, performing almost nightly and realizing recording projects of the highest caliber, at the same time keeping the standards of Carli Café Concierto to that of a world class dining and jazz experience.

    This is the first volume of a long promised Live at Carli's recording series. It proudly features and it is dedicated to the octogenarian double bassist Lucille Dizon, along with the generous guest appearance of master bassist Eddie Gomez on some of the selections.

    Live at Carli's VOL.1

    FEATURING LUCILLE DIXON & SPECIAL GUEST EDDIE GOMEZ The trio: Carli Muñoz: Piano / Lucille Dixon: Bass
    Gonzalo (Gunchi) Sifre: Drums. Plus Eddie Gomez: Bass on tracks 1, 5, & 9.
    Special thanks to Eddie Gomez for his generous spirit of friendship and solidarity; to Shep Shepperd and Lucille's wonderful family for their nconditional love and support; and to all the loyal friends that have gone out their way to be there for her. God bless all.

    When I first opened the doors at Carli Café Concierto in December of 1998, the slogan that came to mind to accompany my new adventure was: ‘ una historia de amor a punto de comenzar' , which translates to: ‘ a love tale about to begin'. Little I imagined how well the curious slogan would apply along the course of the journey! Lucille is certainly one of those love tales in full swing; she has been a beacon of joy, love and inspiration for me and for all of those that have been fortunate enough to get to know her. Today she fights an uphill battle for cancer but I've still seen her spirit as bright as ever. Her playing is magnificent as she carries the history, lost traditions, the glory and the scars of a disappearing era, which Lucille not only survived but pushed the envelope to new unprecedented heights.

    All of the tracks here were recorded post Lucille's 80th birthday. Her struggle is evident when she tries to solo as she courageously takes her chances; revealing the fact that the era that she represents, bass solos were the exception and not the rule, like it is today. However, she holds her own... her swing, her seasoned walking and knowledgeable execution - along with Eddie Gomez creative support and masterful improvisation - all more than to make up for it!

    The premise on this first issue is not so much a tour de force; but a musical offering – a fun and “feel good” experience. Sometimes you can literally hear Lucille's contagious laugh or a sudden burst of excitement during the middle of a song. But her joy, her sense of humor, her aura of kindness, pours it all into a joyful and soulful musical experience.

    Lucille Dixon was born in Harlem , New York , in the year 1923, and excelled in a musical career of great achievements and noble contributions. She organized and led her own jazz band, which remained active for 14 years. The “Lucille Dixon's Band”, was composed of prominent jazz giants of the times such as Taft Jordan, Tyree Glen, Fats Navarro, Buddy Tate, Sonny Payne and many others who spiced the decades of the 40's and the 50's at the hot jazz spots of the times in the city of New York, such as the Savannah Club, Club 845 and Club Harlem.

    Her participation in recordings and live presentations includes some of most notable artist in the history of jazz. The roster includes: Ella Fitzgerald, Eubie Blake, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johny Hartman, Earl (Fatha) Hines, Billy Daniels, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Tiny Grines, among other well known Latino artist such as, Charlie Palmieri, Daniel Santos, Machito and Vicentico Valdez.

    Pelosenel Q Lo Records
    WARNING: UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION OF THIS RECORDING AND ARTWORK IS PROHIBITED BY FEDERAL LAW AND SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION
    Co. 2004 Pelosenel Q Lo Records. All rights reserved.

  • Liner Notes: Carli Munoz / Eddie Gomez Both Sides Now

    Both Sides Now (Released in 2003)

    Carli Muñoz on piano Eddie Gomez on bass Guest musicians:
    Joe Chambers on drums Jeremy Steig on flute

    carli muñoz / eddie gomez BOTH SIDES NOW

    1- THREE LITTLE STEPS TO HEAVEN (3:59) CARLI MUÑOZ / CARLI MUÑOZ MUSIC (BMI)

    2- AS LONG AS SHE NEEDS ME (7:40) L . Bart / HOLLIS MUSIC INC. (BMI)

    3- BOTH SIDES NOW (7:30)
    JONI MITCHELL / SONY /ATV TUNES (LOC)

    4- BE MY LOVE (6:57)
    N. BRODZSKY , S. CAHN / EMI MILLER CATALOG (BMI)

    5- REMEMBER BILL (7:54)
    CARLI MUÑOZ / CARLI MUÑOZ MUSIC (BMI)

    6- BESAME MUCHO (6:19)
    CONSUELO VELASQUEZ / PEER INTERNATIONAL CORP. (BMI)

    7- SURFER GIRL (5:38)
    CARLI MUÑOZ / CARLI MUÑOZ MUSIC (BMI)

    8- THE MORNING AFTER (6:12)
    CARLI MUÑOZ / CARLI MUÑOZ MUSIC (BMI)

    9- TE EXTRANO (6:33)
    ARMANDO MANZANERO / BMG SONG INC. (ASCAP)

    I was impressed the first time I met and heard Carli Muñoz. He is an outstanding pianist and composer who also managed to realize the nearly impossible task of having his own jazz club. Located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico , Carli's Café Concierto has an elegant charm that rivals any jazz club in the world. When Carli approached me about recording, I said yes, if I could co-produce his album. Carli and I agreed and now nearly a year later, we have a recording I am proud of. Both Sides Now features Carli's compositions, some of his favorite melodies, and many inspired moments by the duo, trio and quartet. I think you too will be impressed by Carli Muñoz.

    - EDDIE GOMEZ

    THE BLESSINGS

    In the evening of June 8 th 2003, I had the honor of being married to my twin flame Katira. A very small and private ceremony and blessings was performed by the two venerable Tibetan lamas, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khempo Tsewang Rinpoche, as an act of pure love and commitment. During such privileged ceremony and blessings, as it is customary, the Tibetan masters tossed fresh rose petals upon us. Before commencing the ceremony they explained that the rose petals represented an act of divine presence of Bodhisattvas, honoring our sacred union. In order to share this most sublime act with you, I have gathered in a bowl and photographed the original petals while still fresh.

    It is our deepest wish is that many blessings fall upon you as the petals are spinning and may the music surround you with ever-lasting joy and well being.

    -Carli and Katira

    “Our deepest wish is that many blessings fall upon you as the petals are spinning and may the music surround you with ever-lasting joy and well being” -Carli

    Carli Muñoz / piano Eddie Gomez /Bass Guest musicians:
    Joe Chambers / drums on tracks #3,5,6,7,9

    Jeremy Steig / flute on track #5

    Recorded in the Spring of 2003 at Clinton Recording Studios, NYC
    & at The Studio, NYC.
    Engineer at Clinton : Troy Halderson Assistant Engineers:

    Erich Trushein, Keith Shortreed Engineer at The Studio: Katherine Miller Mixing Engineer: Troy Halderson, Clinton Recording Studios.

    Art Direction & Design: Garrick Gott Eddie photographed by Esther Cidoncha. Carli photographed by Marcano.
    All other photography by Carli Muñoz.

    Produced by Eddie Gomez for Pelosenel Q Lo Records. Executive producer: Carli Muñoz

    May The Music Be Always With You

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    WARNING: UNAUTHORIZED REPRODUCTION OF THIS RECORDING AND ARTWORK IS PROHIBITED BY FEDERAL LAW AND SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION
    Co. 2003 Pelosenel Q Lo Records. All rights reserved.

  • Liner Notes: Maverick

    MAVERICK (Release 2005)

    CARLI MUNOZ - EDDIE GOMEZ - JACK DEJOHNETTE

    & featuring :

    Don Byron on clarinet David Sanchez on tenor sax

    The social dynamics in this CD are filled with great interplay -ensemble symbiosis that can only come from an unflinching group respect for each soloist. - Van Dyke Parks

    This musical work is the fourth of its kind conceived in the tradition of an honest and non pretentious outpour of love and passion for the expression of jazz music, away from the hustle and tussle of popular music, hence going back to my roots. It is also a dedication and acknowledgement to some of the Mavericks in my lifetime and beyond, including the exceptional players who accompanied me on this project, for they are Mavericks, as musicians, and in their humanity. Producer /engineer Brandon Mason's sharp shooting diligence on getting a great sound was also Maverick . The recordings here were made with as few takes as possible, and as in the case of "A Cool Night in the City", choosing the first "take" as I was running the tune for the first time at the recording studio for Jack and Eddie to familiarize with, therefore taping into the raw and spontaneous energy of these colossal players. Also there were no rehearsals or strategic pow wows prior to the sessions.

    Somewhere beyond the cortex is a small voice whose mere whisper can silence an army of arguments. It stands alone in final judgment as to whether we have demanded enough of ourselves and, by that example, have inspired the best around us. -The New York Times

    There hasn't been a war in history that has accomplished more towards the eradication of social ills as the work of a single man or woman with a compassionate heart and the necessary determination and in most cases, by the use of peaceful means. These men and women are Mavericks , for they stepped out of their comfort zone and by their courage and independence of thought and action, they have made the greatest difference in our humanity. If we take a look at the current events going on in the world we will certainly come across plenty of the same stuff that have plagued our society since the beginning of time. The big difference now being that the possibility of self annihilation is far more looming and ominous than before. I find it amazing that while we are supposed to be on an evolutionary trend, we seem to keep falling into the inanities of the past. I would add that we have actually re-engaged ourselves in the iniquitous march of the folly. This is the result of the predominant state of fear and ignorance that still prevails in our minds, in our society, and in our country. It seems that we've made progress towards human rights, racial reconciliation and tolerance for religion diversity, but the truth is that we still have a long way to go. We must look at our neighbors and even our potential foes beyond the filters of ignorance, selfishness, hate and fear. We must see ourselves as potential beacons with the capacity to make way for a safer world. It is only through the recognition and activation of our noble heart, the striving for the good of all, including tolerance and compassion for those who are "different" from us and through courageous and measured positive action, that we will truly enjoy peace and light the way to our future generations. The things that I loathe the most are greed, oppression, racism, and a general lack of environmental and social consciousness. All of these are rooted in the darkness of fear and ignorance. As human beings we are gifted with a measure of resilience, but the planet we live on has proven to be more vulnerable than we think and human resilience will only go as far as the soil that sustains us. I reverently bow to the Mavericks of the past, the present and the future, for without them, even with our present short comings, the sun wouldn't be shinning as bright as it does today. Some memorable Mavericks that come to mind (to mention a few) are: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson , Florence Nightingale, Mohandas Gandhi, Waangari Maathai, Sitting Bull, Rosa Parks, Chief Joseph, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Eleanor Roosevelt, Don Luis Muñoz Marin, Ornette Coleman, Jesus of Nazareth and Tenzin Gyatso, his Holiness the Dalai Lama. There are many more Mavericks – of all colors and flavors, and too many to mention here. I humbly dedicate this music to all of them, and especially to my father; a Maverick at heart.

    - Carli Muñoz

    We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the realtragedy is when men are afraid of the light.
    -Plato

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