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  • 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

    Pelosenel Q Lo Record
    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

    Pelosenel Q Lo Records