A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.
Markolino, toca como Beethoven!
Markolino, toca como Beethoven!
Thanks for this great tribute to a legendary player, gone too young. I just stumbled upon this blog, but it looks like a lot of interesting material here.
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YES INDEED!!! Very well written tribute to the “Mac the Knife” of the keys!!! One of the unsung heroes of our Music who sadly was taken away much too soon by his own hand. Imagine the Music he would’ve created if he were still around today!!
That’s exactly what I was thinking when I wrote the piece. “Markolino” would have given Eddie Palmieri a run for his money!
Gracias, por que acabo de descubrir quien fue Markolino Dimond 🎹🎹. Ahora oyendo “MARKOLINO DIMOND & FRANKIE DANTE: Beethoven’s V”, definitivamente en mi libro, Eddie Palmieri paso a un segundo lugar.
Me alegro! Disfruta del genio de “Markolino!”
Every few months, I Google Dimond for something, anything about his life! All I ever saw made him sound like some footnote to Willie Colon’s career. As your research confirms, Dimond was a GIANT of music, period, and he could play ANYTHING. His small body of work is solid, but I especially enjoy his solos. Think of Tatum-level improvisation—complete with quotes from Tin Pan Alley songs and classical works—plus a giant dose of soul/R&B.
Playlist is a great resource. But a properly remastered wax reissue program should be initiated!!!
Agree! Thanks for the commentary and visiting.
A great and informative piece of writing..I have only just discovered him and am inspired to delve deeper into this undoubtedly super talented artists catalogue of work. Many thanks
Thank you. I enjoyed immersing myself in Mark Dimond’s life and music. I’m glad you enjoyed it and found the piece informative. More to come!
Thanks for remembering Mark Dimond.
With all due respect to Mr. Bonilla, his claim of replacing the musicians as a result of their drug use/addiction rings hollow. There is a gap between Mark Dimond being the pianist and “Professor” Joe Torres becoming the regular pianist. It’s possible he forgot as it was so long ago. Sandwiched in between Dimond and Professor’s tenures with the WAC Band was pianist Kent Gomez. Who was the pianist when Mr. Bonilla booked the band on their first West Coast tour, preceding the “Cosa Nuestra” LP. Not to fuel any aspersions towards anyone but few, if any (who came after Mark Dimond, others, and replaced them) avoided recreational drug use. However, from what I understand, Dimond was known to be in much more severe dire straits with his habit than the average musician. Eventually LaVoe himself would catch up to Dimond’s level of struggle with his addiction. Which, by 1975, gripped Hector financially.
Thanks, Richie. Duly noted.
Fuè un virtuoso! Magistral ejecución del piano y arreglista !! Solo nacen una vez !! 🌞