It is advisable first of all to indicate what
this record is not: this tribute to Ray Charles
is not at all an opportunist publication intended
capitalize on the event of the disappearance of Génius.
Moreover, his recording goes back up to October
On the other hand, as his author works on a
second volume, his decision was taken, yet again,
well before the first disturbing rumours of Ray
Fan of Jazz from the age of 7, Antoine Pinilla-Munoz
discovers, while he is 15 years old (in 1961),
the music of Ray Charles with the blues A fool
for you. It is the beginning of a passion for a
lifetime. About forty years later, while he
became a pianist of Jazz himself, he decides to
record in trio a tribute to the one that he calls
gladly his mentor, by playing back some known
themes but a majority of relatively dark one
recorded by Brother Ray over a vast period (1950-1976).
While many pianists honouring Ray Charles gave a
simplified version of his play, Pinilla-Munoz
knew how to remarkably assimilate the rich and
complex "pianistic idiom" of the Genius
and he demonstrates it here brilliantly.
Literally fidel, but also in the spirit, as shows
with his interpretation of some piece of musique
for which there is not " a recording of
Ray by giving only some vocal versions like
Georgia, Love is here to stay, She's on the ball
or Summertime with the exception for the latter
of a short organ version. Ray Charles had not
made a mistake himself there, who had declared to
the listening of this record:
" It is the most authentic tribute which has
been made to me during my career. "
" this CD is a first !It's the most
authetic tribute I have ever had in my whole life".
Ray Charles / Jean
" I enjoyed this CD very much. A lot of
swing. Great ! " Allegrat
" It's a real pleasure ! Ray
Charles'soul is always present in this album.
While closing your eyes, the trio sounds so much
like him that it confuses you... This CD alrealy
belongs to my favorite ones". Patrick
real Ray Charles in spirit. There is no European
pianist I know, who try to rub themself to that
recording this album in tribute to Ray Charles,
Antoine Pinilla-Munoz goes toward the current
dominant step of the French musicians. Indeed,
for years, it is of good form to do, to
encourage, to support that the jazz must be
released from its American supremacy. And to
produce an improvised European music often dull
and without real interest. Here the musician play
back some emblematic topics of one of the
greatest jazz musician , of a major afro-American
music artist of the 20th century history of music
: Ray Charles "The artist he was,
definitively chose, these last years, the life of
a professional musician in south of France. As he
is new in this job, choosen by passion, Antoine
Pinilla-Munoz preserved the teen's enthousiasm,
which does not displeased, and especially without
giving a truth to its interpretations. The
selected list is not enticing : "Georgia"
certainly (how to escape when you intend to pay
tribute to Ray Charles?), but more especially
less known themes, for musicians, borrowed from
known albums of the specialists of the "pianist"
only ("Doodlin, The ray").
And thats why this step is interesting and
commendable: the pianist enters the matter, even
the musical mind of the singer. Because the
pianist Ray Charles is difficult to play : the
rythm of its sentences , its musical "gimmicks"
are subtle. And this guy (A.Pinilla-Munoz) is
doing quite well.
A fresh album, a musician to discover.Félix
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