Bill O'Connell

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Savant CD 2089
Bill O'Connell
Triple Play

"“This is a pianist with immense ‘player power’. The range of his artistic spectrum seems limitless, and I suggest that my readers will be moved by this colossus of musical dignity and improvisational authority." - George Carroll, ejazznews

A native New Yorker who studied classical music at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Bill O’Connell played in various salsa and jazz settings that set the tone for his musical style. In 1977, he joined salsa great Mongo Santamaria, writing and performing with him for over two years. Following that he worked with Chet Baker and jazz legend Sonny Rollins with whom he toured the United States and Europe. In 1982, he joined Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, and they have been touring the world together ever since, performing before enthusiastic audiences everywhere. O’Connell and Valentin join forces again here in TRIPLE PLAY, aided by their friend and colleague, percussionist Richie Flores in a unique trio setting for piano, flute and percussion. Together, the three men wring every ounce of color and tone from their respective instruments while producing some of the most heart-pounding and musically-interesting Latin Jazz ever.

Bill O’Connell- piano; Dave Valentin- flute; Richie Flores- percussion.

Tracks: Triple Play; Flying By; Machu Picchu; A Call for Sanity; Just In Time; Second Son; Cravo e Canela; Afro Blue; Dansette; You’ve Changed.

 Triple Play

 Second Son

 Cravo e Canela

 Afro Blue

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