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  • LINER NOTES: Carli Muñoz Art of the Duo - Live at Carli’s VOL. 3

    ART OF THE DUO

    Live at Carli’s VOL.3

    The Duo: Carli Muñoz on piano and Felipe Fournier on cajón and partial drum set. With guest Guillermo (Memo) Barrón also on cajón and light percussion on tracks 6, 9, and 10.

    Many thanks to our guests at Carli’s who, throughout the years, have shared many special moments with us; and especially to those familiar faces (you know who you are) who have become our friends. God bless you all.

    When I started thinking about releasing the next Live at Carli’s Vol. 3 cd, the thought that kept creeping
    in my mind was how unlikely it would be in general terms to make a great jazz record limited to piano and percussion without bass, unrehearsed and recorded live direct to two tracks and with an audience on the most part dining and conversing.

    ent on his percussion work has root in the fact that he is also an accomplished jazz vibraphonist. But in all fairness it is his innate talent, his ability to listen and his sensible approach in engaging in the musical con- versation that makes it all work as well as it does. A theme that both Felipe and I have shared in common and that has been present through our association is that “less is more” - that has certainly played a roll in the attitude while performing this music. I must also mention another young talent, Guillermo (Memo) Bar- rón, who shares many of the same great qualities as Felipe and is also certainly a joy to play with. One of his crisp and powerful solos can be specially appreci- ated on track 10, Wangari Maathai.

    In end result, this unusual format turned out a bless- ing. I couldn’t begin to recount the moments of joy and satisfaction that I experienced throughout this magical journey since I started playing duo with Fe- lipe Fournier! Apparently it’s been contagious as well; at least as performed live nightly at Carli’s bistro. I only hope that the magic has been faithfully transmit- ted to you here on volume three of the Live at Carli’s recording series.

    From Acquittal to Yes, I Love You, the obvious focus has been in some of my original songs. Among those, Kenguen is a piece that has been mutating like a cha- meleon for years and this is its first release. Besame Mucho and So In Love are some of my favorite stan- dards and here they take a totally new vibe. Last but not least Wangari Maathai – honors the Nobel Prize African woman (hence the name) and is one song
    that I look forward to see evolve in multiple ensemble formats. Thank you very much for listening.

    If a picture can tell 1,000 words, so can music, in addition to countless emotions and sensations. Therefore there isn’t much more that I can say about Felipe Fournier than what you’ll be listening to on this work. However, there is a lot more to Felipe as a musician and as a human being; not enough good can be said about the former. Perhaps the musicality pres-

    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: Potter 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 previous and fourth solo album Maverick marks his pinnacle in the mainstream jazz arena with an all star cast including two Grammy Award nominees for 2004.

    FEATURING CARLI MUNOZ & FELIPE FOURNIER
    1. Acquittal (Carli Muñoz) 2. Kenguen (Carli Muñoz) 3. Tere (Carli Muñoz) 4. Yellow Moon Tune (Carli Muñoz)

    5. Anastasia (Carli Muñoz) 6. Yes I Love You (Carli Muñoz) 7. Besame Mucho (Consuelo Velazquez) 8. So In Love (Carli Muñoz) 9. Wangari Maathai (Carli Muñoz)

    This is volume three of the Live at Carli’s recording series. In the spirit of adventure and sheer bravado, the ensemble on this recording consists of only piano and per- cussion. This unusual format in jazz is the result of an “accident”: the bass player didn’t show up. Little did we know that the result would be so wonderful – full of magic, spontaneity and discovery. The success of the duo relied on expanding on the dynamic nature in both the instruments, rather than trying to replace the bass. The end result is a fun, dynamic and liberating session – a special treat for us and hopefully to you as well. Enjoy! —carli

    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 perform- ing 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, man- aged 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’s to that of a world class fine din- ing 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

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