Paoli Mejias | Mi Tambor

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Mi Tambor

by Paoli Mejias

NOMINATED FOR BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM, LATIN GRAMMY 2005. Full of passion from start to finish, Puerto Rican percussionist Paoli Mejías demonstrates his depth and skill both as percussionist and band leader in his long-awaited first production MI TAMBOR.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cuidado con la percusion
5:21 $0.99
2. Revelation
5:16 $0.99
3. Evidence
5:56 $0.99
4. Oye como va
9:34 $0.99
5. Hello Nany
5:13 $0.99
6. Dance Step
7:05 $0.99
7. Lo que dice el tambor
8:38 $0.99
8. What did you say
5:49 $0.99
9. Bonus track: Timbal solo
2:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
Whether playing conga, timbal, bongo, cajón or a number of other percussive instruments, Paoli's ideas and feelings come to life and will bring a smile to your face and perhaps even a tear to your eyes. The way in which he can bring a group of 20 musicians together as one cohesive sound in a single song (#7 Lo que dice el tambor) speaks to his skill in directing. Yet his two duets (#5 & #8) show that his melodic intuition coupled with his rhythmic strength and ear for silence can be equally as moving and inspiring.

Mixed by Jon Fausty this CD features Jerry Medina, Miguel Zenón, David Sánchez, Conrad Herwig, Luis Perdomo, Antonio Sánchez, Hans Glawischnig, Naren Budhakar, Piro Rodríguez and over 20 other incredibly talented musicians. This production is a collection piece on all levels.

Each song represents part of Paoli's rich knowledge of varied musical traditions including: Rumba, Plena, Bomba, Batá, Salsa, Straight-Ahead Jazz, and even features a duo with Naren Budhakar playing the East Indian tabla. Uniting and fusing influences from around the world, Paoli's first CD will impress and inspire all.

"Puerto Rican percussion ace Paoli Mejias's self-produced album Mi Tambor is a dynamic fusion of progressive salsa, forward-thinking Latin jazz, and folkloric elements..."

"Young Puerto Rican percussionist Paoli Mejías, a veteran of sessions led by such legends as Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Dave Valentín, Marc Anthony, and Luis Enrique, steps out on his own on one of the season’s most enjoyable releases, Mi Tambor, on the leader’s own label..Mejías’ dazzling percussion flourishes provide a dense rhythmic backdrop for such guests as saxophonists David Sánchez and Miguel Zenón and pianist Luis Perdomo. Some tracks are solo forays, while others tap folkloric roots before revealing their more contemporary leanings. An inventive remake of the Puente-penned Santana hit “Oye como va” is frosting on the cake."

"A traves de esta produccion independiente [Mi Tambor]...logra una acuarela de ritmos y tesituras que hace de este disco una de las mejores producciones de jazz afrolatino del año actual...Se ha lanzado como lider de su grupo de jazz y aspira a presentarse dentro y fuera de Puerto Rico y, de ese modo, continuar con una carrera que se hizo, en gran parte, en las tarimas de festivales de jazz en todo el mundo..."

Please visit Paoli's website for additional information & reviews.

Also check out Paoli's second release "Transcend"



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christie dovale

every once in a while a great inspirationalist comes along....I am totally hooked!It was an honor to have you perform on Bonaire last week, at the Bonaire Jazz Festival!thank you for you apearance! C Dovale

christie dovale

every once in a while a great inspirationalist comes along....I am totally hooked!It was an honor to have you perform on Bonaire last week, at the Bonaire Jazz Festival!thank you for you apearance! C Dovale

El Nuevo Dia 6-09-04

Arranque con el pie derecho
"La noche del viernes pasado, Paoli Mejías vendió 300 compactos en el Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest. Señal de que la afición conoce su nombre y, lo más importante, reconoce su talento como uno de los percusionistas más queridos y respetados de la Isla del Encanto..."

william perez

excellent arrangements
great cd excellent arrangements

Patrick Velasquez de Aztlan, Califas

Outstanding! Firme percusion!
Great CD! I've seen Pauli live (with Eddie Palmieri's band) and have heard him on Rumba Profunda and others. I wondered what his own CD would sound like. The music (if you like Afro Cuban jazz) is very tasteful, excellent musicianship all the way around. And unlike some CD's even with great percussionists, you can really HEAR the percussion on this one. And the music is mostly up tempo, which I expect from a great percussionist like Pauli. Can't wait for his next one!

Juan Sanchez

This CD is truly awesome. No wonder Mi Tambor got nominated for a grammy! Paoli
This CD is truly awesome. No wonder Mi Tambor got nominated for a grammy! His second CD also merits a nomination and he deserves to get this grammy this time. Paoli Mejias is an incredible percussionist and the jazz in this Cd is tremendous. I play both his CDs repeatively in my studio. I am a painter and this music with its wonderful twists, turns and kicks moves and inspires. This music helped me to complete a 6 feet by 6 feet painting recently. I repeat, this musuc is so inspiring. The jazz is straight-ahead and the Bomba and Plena is so well intregrated. Glad David Sanchez is keeping company. Paoli has so many great musicans playing with him. The music is daring, experimental and has heart. I am looking forward to hearing more. I really appreciate the sincerity, creativity,integrity and quality of his music. I celebrate Paoli's talent, acomplishment and future.

Miguel Rios

This CD is on another level!!!
As expected Paoli out did himself on this one, the minute I put the CD on I was hooked. This CD is one of the Best latin jazz CD's I've heard in a while, It's on another level!!!

Sammy Alamillo

Love the music with its energy and feeling
I bought a couple of copies and love the music with its energy and feeling. No doubt in my mind that this CD is knockout. I hope to see you guys soon with a tour in the west coast soon.
Hermano, Samuel


Immensly enjoyed, awesome and esp. varied. Played several times while driving a
I was pleasantly surprised and found the CD to be very enjoyable. I listened to it several times and each time enjoyed it more. I especially love the sounds of the Congas (See track 7). Paoli really did a great CD here, there's no doubt about that. Bottom line, awesome CD.

jimi velazquez

the best of 2004
I'm kooked with this CD.Is without doubt one of the best in the Latin Jazz World.Paoli is amazing and so his musicians.The arrangements,The songs the special ghests,The Sound.I love it.
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