On his first recording for Telarc, pianist Michel Camilo strives for elegance in a jazz trio format (his first recorded trio effort in six years) with Anthony Jackson (bass) and Horacio "El Negro" Her

On his first recording for Telarc, pianist Michel Camilo strives for elegance in a jazz trio format (his first recorded trio effort in six years) with Anthony Jackson (bass) and Horacio "El Negro" Hernández (drums/percussion). Triángulo vacillates between understated soulfulness ("Just Like You") and all-out aggression ("Descarga for Tito Puente" and Chano Domínguez's "Mr. C.I."), using Latin rhythms more as an element of the music than an underlying motif. Camilo brings in a mix of original material as well as standards, including the tried but true "La Comparsa," where he avoids obvious bombastics by playing it as a straight-ahead track, alternating between crisp lines and lush chord progressions. As usual, Camilo's pianism is remarkable, not only where technique is concerned, but moreover, for the range and beauty of his sound. The many moods Camilo conveys could not be achieved without his control of the instrument at its most intimate level.—LC