Lee Waterman | Olhos Verdes

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Olhos Verdes

by Lee Waterman

Guitarist Lee Waterman's band, "Jazz Caliente", plays Afro-Cuban and Brazilian influenced jazz. including his original compositions and his own arrangements of songs by the great Jazz and Latin masters. (e.g. Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, Sergio Mendes)
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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1. Olhos Verdes
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2. Nica\'s Dream
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3. Antes Tardes
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4. Rainfall
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5. Sophisticated Lady
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6. Medianoche
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7. Aguardiente de Cana
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8. You Don\'t Know What Love Is
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9. Lucky Southern
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Lee Waterman - Guitarist, Composer, Producer
Lee is originally from New York, where his early interest in music was nurtured by his grandmother, a locally prominent classical pianist. At the age of nine he studied drums and later played in the school band. In his late teens, Lee took up guitar and Latin percussion. For the next several years he studied jazz guitar and music theory with internationally known guitarist and author, Warren Nunes. This strong foundation in the classic jazz styles plus the multicultural influences of percussion studies forged his eclectic compositional style. Among his credits, Lee has led several Bay-Area based combos throughout the last two decades, has performed with sax great John Handy, Vocalist Mark Murphy, and Narada Michael Walden and opened for Tito Puente and Pancho Sanchez.
The tunes on this recording reflect the strong Afro-Cuban and Brazilian influences in the group’s music. All the band members are terrific ensemble players and brilliant soloists and have all appeared with headliners.


Lee Waterman founded Jazz Caliente in 1989 as a vehicle for his original compositions and his own arrangements of songs by the great Jazz and Latin masters, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, and Sergio Mendes.

Jazz Caliente has received considerable air play, both nationally and in Northern California. Jazz Steps San Francisco Magazine called their previous CD one of the best Bay-Area jazz releases. Here are some more comments from the media:

“Lee has a personable style that exudes the warmth of Wes Montgomery. He skillfully creates melodic statements that dart in and out of a variety of rhythmic contexts. His obvious affinity for Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms brings a refreshing point of view to his Jazz-based music. “
JESSE CHUY VARELA
Music Director - KCSM JAZZ 91

"... very tight band, ...excellent original compositions... Good stuff ” DICK CONTI - KCSM & KKSF "

“He's a fine guitarist. I'll be keeping my eye out and following his career." - LEE UNDERWOOD - Nationally Syndicated Music Critic


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Jack Kelly

Textured Pleasure
The members of this group use their chops to good purpose, creating the kind of intricate textures of harmony and rhythm that make Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music so endlessly satisfying. Lee Waterman’s rendition of “You Don’t Know Where Love Is” is flawless. This entire CD is smooth the first time around and offers further rewards as you discover new intricacies and easy-going delights. Top notch

Jack Kelly

Be Happy
Great sounds for trying times. The musicians here put their chops to good use creating the wonderfully intricate textures that are the hallmark of the best of the genre. Relaxed upbeat tunes that swing, soulful and harmonically complex ballads -- they make it all sound so damn easy. Give a listen and put your mind at rest.