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Jazz: Latin Jazz Latin: Latin Jazz Moods: Featuring Piano
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Depth of Class

by Minio Class

An original collection that mixes Jazz with Impressionism, while blending Latin, and Jazz-Fusion inspired influences.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Apasionada
3:37 $0.99
2. Cool Wind in Blue
3:18 $0.99
3. Joy
2:26 $0.99
4. Butterfly
3:11 $0.99
5. Estudio De Arpegios
4:10 $0.99
6. Elegante
2:55 $0.99
7. Luz
3:17 $0.99
8. Reminiscence
2:36 $0.99
9. Solstice
2:49 $0.99
10. The Angel I Knew
2:31 $0.99
11. The Port of Weather
3:47 $0.99
12. My Younger Self
1:43 $0.99
13. Tocar Es Vivir
2:18 $0.99
14. Ithaca
5:32 $0.99
15. Gato Malo
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Album Notes
At an early age, Minio Class was struck with the power of Jazz and its ability to
transform lives. The native of Jersey City, New Jersey acquired his love of music during
his formative through exposure to the exceptional musicians in his family. His father was
a brilliant guitarist who specialized in the quarto, a 10-stringed instrument indigenous to
his native Puerto Rico. In addition, he has siblings who are talented musicians as well.
The first Jazz albums Minio was given were of the renowned recording artists
Maynard Ferguson and Spyro Gyra. At the time, he had to stealthily use his brother’s
stereo equipment to listen to them. Once his brother got wise to it, he finally agreed to
show Minio how to properly and carefully operate the equipment. From that point on, he
played them incessantly until they were “ready for the musical graveyard.” It was then
that Minio realized his passion for Jazz went beyond normal fascination.
At age 13, he began what would be his lifelong journey in music by learning how
to play piano from a close childhood friend. A few years later at age 16, Minio began
studying Classical piano under the tutelage of that same friend’s grandmother, Emma
Tiyungsen, a classically trained musician who had earned her Master’s Degree from the
world-renowned Julliard School. Though Minio had respect and appreciation for
Classical music, his love of Jazz never wavered.
Upon graduation from high school, he was accepted into the Mason Gross
School of the Arts at Rutgers University. There he studied under one of the undisputed
masters of Jazz piano, Kenny Barron. Since then, over the years, he has been
influenced by many gifted Jazz artists including Jeff Lorber, Chic Corea, Joe Sample,
Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, and Brazilian pianist Manfredo Fest, whose style
introduced Minio to the idea of incorporating Classical elements into Jazz.
now, as an accomplished pianist, he has been afforded the opportunity to reach into
other musical genres. He also enjoys playing R&B, Funk, Reggae, Dance, Salsa and
Electronica music.
Overall, Minio has been playing just shy of 40 years, has done piano and
keyboard work on many songs and has contributed to remixes for a long list of award
winning artists including: Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, J Lo, Diddy, Diana Ross, Macy
Gray, Sneaker Pimps, Café Del Sol and Alex Alicea. Meanwhile, his Classical and Jazz
training have allowed him to become the versatile artist that he is today.
For Minio’s second album “Depth Of Class,” his emphasis on piano is readily
apparent. From the opening song “Apasionada” (Spanish for passionate), he expresses
the tonal colors from which the creation of the title becomes apparent. In “Cool Wind In
Blue,” he conveys how a composition can be pensive, yet beautiful in its melancholy.
For “Reminiscence", instead of nostalgia, his audience is treated to a tender and musical
story. Next, an homage to the band Weather Report, and its leader, the late Joe
Zawinul, titled “The Port Of Weather” is a touching, and sincere tribute. Whereas, the
song “Ithaca,” re-imagines the legendary Odysseus finally returning home from his
journeys within the mythical Odyssey.



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