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New York Resident The Week of November 28, 2005 . page 40

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Pianist Carli Munoz grew up in

Puerto Rico but at an early age he

covered a lot of ground musically

and geographically. In 1969, he went

to Los Angeles on a weekend visit

and ended up doing studio work

and tours with a variety of artists,

such as Wilson Pickett, the Association,

Jan and Dean, and the Beach

Boys (for 11 years).

Eventually Munoz was able to

work with artists whose vision was

closer to his own: George Benson,

Chico Hamilton, Les McCann and

Charles Lloyd.

In December 1998, he opened his

own jazz supper club, Carli Café

Concierto in Old San Juan . He

comes to New York periodically to

record on his own label, Pelosenel

Records. His latest recording, "Maverick,"

features his own trio, which

has a world-class rhythm section:

bass player Eddie Gomez and

drummer Jack DeJohnette.

His two guest stars on the album

are also class acts - saxophonist

David Sanchez and clarinet player

Don Byron. The leader favors simple,

childlike melodies (such as

Keith Jarrett's "Margot" and his

own "Katira's Waltz"), both tunes

written for each composer's wife.

The trio itself forms a happy marriage,

in which there is an ongoing

elegant conversation between the

piano, bass and drums. On Nov. 30,

Munoz and his trio will perform

music from "Maverick" at the Jazz

Standard ( 116 E. 27th St. , between

Park and Lexington avenues, 212-


-Barry Bassis

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