Tito Carrillo

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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For some 15 years, Carillo has been Chicago's post-bop standard bearer. A trumpet player in the tradition of Freddie Hubbard or Woody Shaw, Carillo leaves no doubt that he's a force in the power department. His basic group includes Windy City colleagues Benjamin Lewis, piano, Lorin Cohen, bass, and Dana Hall, drums. Two saxophone players are guests on a number of selections, bringing the quartet to a quintet. Eight of the ten tunes played here are original compositions by the leader, and he makes it quite clear that he's in charge on high-energy pieces such as the opener, "Truth Seeker," and the equally energetic "Shades of Morpheus." But Carillo also delivers the message with great feeling on ballads that include "Song For Elisa," the Miles-like "Stillness," or the strongly stated melody line of "Where You Come From." Carillo, who is a full-time jazz trumpet professor in the Illinois higher education system, carries forth the honored tradition of scintillating post bop on what I assume is his debut album.








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