One of Michel Camilo’s stage groups is Trío. The group is usually made up of LINCOLN GOINES on the double bass, CLIFF ALMOND on drums and CAMILO himself on piano. All residents of New York City.
A mainstay of the New York City jazz / Latin / studio scene, Lincoln has recorded and performed with an extensive list of artists including Sonny Rollins, Gato Barbieri, Dave Grusin, Carly Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Michel Camilo, Eliane Elias, Michael Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Dave Samuels, Mike Stern, and Wayne Krantz. He is also an author, composer, and music educator.
Cliff Almond was born in Tallahassee Florida. When Cliff was 20 years old he began corresponding with then Chick Corea Drummer Dave Weckl. Weckl then heard Cliff play at a drum clinic sound check and was kind enough to recommend Cliff to pianist Michel Camilo a few weeks later. Cliff landed the Camilo gig in New York and moved to the city when he was 21 years old.
Since that time, Cliff has remained busy in New York City in a number of styles and continues to tour and perform in the city with various artists. The roster of musicians he has performed/recorded with over the years includes such artists as Anthony Jackson, Will Lee, Jeff Berlin, Jimmy Johnson, Janek Gwizdala, Bunnie Brunell, John Pattitucci, Mike Stern, John Tropea, Chuck Loeb, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Ronnie Cuber, Paquito D’Rivera, Lou Marini, Dave Binney, George Young, Dave Valentine, Lew Soloff, John Faddis, Clark Terry, Terrance Blanchard, Akiko Yano, Hikaru Utada, Quruli, Billy Childs, Michel Camilo, Leon Pendarvis, The Manhattan Transfer, Celia Cruz, Trey Anestasio, Tito Puente, Alex Acuna, Giovanni Hildago, Eddie Palmieri, Wayne Krantz, Pete Mcann, Bashiri Johnson, Alex Acuna, Jeff Golub, and many more.