Oliver Miguel
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Oliver Miguel

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | SELF

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | SELF
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"You Go To My Head"

You Go to My Head - Janelle Monique (Zafe'Musik 2008)

Complex as it may be to exhume logic from the decision to spin classics when the creative mind of this young composer lays dormant, the fact is, Janelle Monique's debut jewel-box works! Vocalist Janelle Monique's You Go to My Head penetrates the world of the "diabolically seductive" vocalists of today's jazz.

The course Ms. Monique takes in breaking bread with these standards is a fine lesson plan for any vocal ladder-climber. She takes each spin to task, injecting the Latin appeal with a soulful heart. Crisp tones, rigorous improvisation and daring non-conformist arrangements make this an adventure.

Note the work of producer Oliver Miguel who with his vocal siren, mixes and manipulates some of "today's sounds" best spins. Case in point, Sting's "Fragile" for the template of design, is recreated with respect and a fine Latin-esque burn.

The attitude of the project can best be identified by the calculated grooves of "Round Midnight" and the brass attack of Nick Ali. Although perceived as a showcase duet, for MS. Monique and Jessie Roy, the true star, with no disrespect, is the arrangement!

You Go to My Head with all its rhythmic sparkle... is iPod bound!

Posted by: editoron Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 05:22 PM
Karl Stober - ejazznews

"Oliver Miguel ESPERANZA"

Within the first few seconds of the 2003 release Esperanza by multi instrumentalist and Plan C member Oliver Miguel, the intensity picks up immediately. While he happens to predominantly play the saxophone, the Latin-tinged “When Angels Cry Suite” begins with a seductive guitar solo by Ricardo Madrid as part of the first movement “Sereno”. By the time the rest of the ensemble appears on the second movement “Sin Alivio” Miguel’s sax display takes over with relentless, climactic and sensual overtones. Simeon Abbott has the last say on the third and final movement “Palermo” putting the cherry on top of the cake with a breathtaking piano solo.
Now while this could potentially have been a CD all on its own, Miguel gives an encore performance with some more songs up his sleeve without straying away from the tone that has been set. “Zara” continues this with some more of Madrid’s subtle solo styling and then followed by a strong sax reply from Miguel. Things change up with “Illusion Del Corazon” on an up tempo extravaganza, while continuing the constant Miguel/Madrid element throughout this project. Abbott goes to electric piano on this one. After all of these songs, the concluding “In a Heartbeat” goes percussive highlighting Miguel and Madrid one last time. As you can tell by what has been forementioned, the main foundation of this release is created through the interaction between these two brilliant musicians. The result is an emotional and intimate experience. So for all you romantics or seducers, Esperanza can definitely make things happen. Just remember to thank Oliver Miguel.

by R.C. — April 2008 - The Live Music Report

"Oliver Miguel AIRE"

This is Oliver Miguel’s second recording as a leader and the first since the 2003 Esperanza. Miguel is still a very young man however his maturity from a musical standpoint is above and beyond anything I would expect after looking at the cover of his new CD Aire. He still looks very young and it throws you off until the CD starts spinning. Make no mistake he is a seasoned veteran and has been very busy in between solo albums contributing to other projects and performing live. As the first track unravels before you, and you start to absorb all the sounds you realize that while listening to “Still Here & There” that is this is a man who knows exactly what he is doing.
There is so much here to offer a listener. The term world jazz is absolutely appropriate for Aire. There is so much for you to digest here and the affect it has on the triangle of life is prolific if you let the music melt into your soul. Body, mind and spirit become one while listening to this heavenly blend of sounds. I know that sounds a bit intense but if you really let yourself feel this music it can make an immense impression on you. It is music to calm and soothe the savage beast within if you will or the one that is always chatting inside your head, whatever demons that you need to drive away, they will make a quick exit. With so much emotion pouring out of Miguel’s sax you just have to listen to the album more than once to get it all processed.
Miguel gets plenty of help from his friends on this album. His sax leads the way like the pied piper but plenty of credit needs to be given to his accompaniment. The people that put the world into Miguel’s jazz are brilliant consistently throughout this masterful effort. There are many including stalwarts Ruben Bocaranda (drums), Sergio Fernandez (percussion), Henry “Hank” Insell (bass), the list goes on and on then and Oliver chips in with guitar, keys and vocals to round things out, not to mention production duties.
The fact that Miguel is a multi instrumentalist is important and he obviously has the respect of his peers and it shows with all the marvelous results on every track. The flamenco guitar provided by Idan Balas on “Without Her” is music from the heavens. That Latin touch makes the song and gives it the world feel that follows the jazz so well on Aire. Although this is primarily an instrumental work “This Crazy Feeling” grabs the spotlight for a while with vocals from Zoe Theodoro that will melt you like butter.
There is just too many good things going on with Aire to even look for imperfections, well besides, how do you find that when there is nothing but consistency? This is an excellent album that is highly recommended for jazz listeners with an ear for world blends and the fusion of jazz.

Key Tracks: Without Her, Mi Cometita (Con Colitas), This Crazy Feeling
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-MuzikReviews.com Founder
September 7, 2010
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Aire (2010)
Esperanza (2003)

Janelle Monique - You Go To My Head (2008)

PlanC - Volar (2008)
Humber Alumni Vol.5 (2005)
Peter Robinson - Hideaway (2004)



Best known for his contemporary saxophone sound, multi-instrumentalist Oliver Miguel is equally comfortable performing live or working in recording studios, playing guitars, keyboards, composing, arranging and producing. As dynamic on stage as he is in the studio, his performances have been described as "an emotional and intimate experience." (www.thelivemusicreport.com), and his recordings have been reviewed as "...rigorous improvisation and daring non-conformist arrangements make this an adventure." (www.ejazznews.com).

A graduate of Mount Royal Conservatory (2003), Humber College of Music (2005) and Thompson Rivers University (2009), Chilean born Oliver Miguel regularly works in various genres: Jazz, Latin, Flamenco, Pop and Hip-Hop. Miguel's diversity and multiple talents are featured on his debut album "Esperanza" (2003). His expertise as an arranger and producer can also be heard on vocalist Janelle Monique's album "You Go To My Head" (2008), where he recorded various instruments and received rave reviews. His much anticipated album "Aire" (2010) features some incredibly accomplished international artists such as: Ralf Buschmeyer (Guitar), Ric Fierabracci (Bass), Paco Fernandez (Flamenco Guitar), Fiona Malena (Palmas & Flamenco Dancing), Alberto San Martin (Zampoña, Cuatro & Charango), Pedro Sierra (Flamenco Guitar), Sonal (Vocals) and Zoe Theodorou (Vocals), to name a few.

Oliver Miguel has traveled throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean to perform as a leader, a sideman, and as an in-demand session player for numerous recordings, while making special appearances on Global Television, CBC, CityTV, TLN, Shaw and various radio programs in Canada, Asia and Spain. He has worked with many prominent artists and bands in the jazz and world music genres including saxophonists: Michael Brecker, Pat Labarbera and Jane Bunnett. He has also played some of Canada's top festivals including opening for Chris Potter at the 2004 Calgary Jazz Festival and performing in the 2005 Montreal Jazz Festival. Oliver has performed an incredible amount of private parties including a dinner for former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and a private party for His Royal Highness Prince Philip. Most recently, Oliver is traveling extensively to Seville (Spain) to work within the Flamenco genre, working with dancer/choreographer Fiona Malena, and collaborating with flamenco guitarists Miguel Sotelo and "El Fyty".

In October 2010 Oliver will tour in Canada with legendary flamenco dancer "El Torombo"; and in March 2011 Juno Award Winning Cuban Pianist/Arranger Hilario Durán will perform with Oliver Miguel.