THRU MY EYES is pianist Michel Camilo's take on his favorite standard tunes. With but a few exceptions, Camilo, being such an accomplished composer, has found little need in past efforts to resort to covering other artist's songs. Here, however, his keen musical taste has yielded a collection of 12 outstanding interpretations of some of the best Latin-flavored gems in the repertoire. With such high-class sidemen as Anthony Jackson, John Patitucci and percussion powerhouse Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Camilo has turned in yet another top-flight performance.
The classic "Poinciana" opens the set with a gentle bounce as Camilo proceeds to wash lush chords over the silky melody. Next, "Perdido" gets an exciting Latin workout before heading into a burning bebop solo by the leader. As expected, Latin jazz favorites like "A Night In Tunisia," "Manteca" and "St. Thomas" are given a vigorous turn with that special Camilo touch. Several surprises are in store, however, as Chick Corea's "Armando's Rhumba," Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" and Bird's "My Little Suede Shoes" are given refreshing interpretations with plenty of delightful solo work by all. If you are tired of cookie cutter standards records, this is a standout collection by a legendary performer.