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Revelación by Michael Simon & Roots United

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. Charlie Parker spoke these words decades ago, however they are even more factual in this musical age we exist in. What he proclaimed was, know you, know what is you, understand what it is to be you, then deliver that to your audience, this is what Michael Simon has accomplished. Within the grooves of Mr. Simon’s debut project "Revelación" released in 2004 by Pramisi Records, is himself wrapped around years of travel and culture. "Revelación" is a musically poetic tour through his looking glass.

On this trip through composition, Mr. Simon has assembled a diverse array of premiere talent to escort him. Family reunites with Michael on trumpet and vocals, Marlon sticks with percussion, and Edward taps the keys. Others of note are Efraim Trujillo(Tenor/Soprano sax), Konstantin Klashtorni (Alto sax), and Leslie López (Bass), just to name a few. Such a montage of musical memorabilia, one can not help but be taken by the sound.

Clarity in tone and pitch is so very important for jazz brass to excel, this is what you experience with Mr. Simon. Impressive is the only declaration that can explain how the music moves the one listening. Peers who have witnessed this project as well feel drawn to the clenching effect the music has on them.

Also note the flavor of Latin Jazz within. Mr. Simon’s crusade to promote the genre of Latin Jazz is well noted in this piece. Take a few spins on cuts such as "Spiritual Affinities" and "Mangueriando", both rhythmical and intensely driven by the passion of the moment. The unity of horns grasps your attention with a range of style changes.

This is a work of art, produced from the heart of many, through the mind of one Mr. Simon. Take this to your favorite moment and play.

Karl Stober is a national freelance music journalist/interviewer. Any inquiries or requests should be directed via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact his office at 802-380-6065.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Michael Simon & Roots United
  • CD Title: Revelación
  • Genre: Latin Jazz / Latin Funk
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Pramisi Records
  • Tracks: Before I Go, Juliana Bridge Bomba-Blues, My Response, Ocho Rios Mood, Mangueriando, Por Instinto, Renacer, Spiritual Affinities
  • Musicians: Michael Simon(Trumpet/Vocals/Fluegelhorn), Marlon Simon (Percussion), J.C. Viloria (Lead Vocals), Various others
  • Rating: Four Stars
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