Pianist Danilo Pérez was a genuine child prodigy. When he was only three his father gave him his first music lessons. And when he was ten he already studied classical piano at the National Conservatory of Panama. His career started in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, where he played Latin flavoured post-bob. In the year 2000 the musician made his worldwide breakthrough after he had been allowed to record his debut album Motherland for the Verve label. The album was not only a hymn to his Panamian roots, but also a balanced mix of American, European and African traditions. On his last album Till Then he plays with two different trios some ten – partly self-penned – compositions. The first trio is his working band including bassist Ben Street and drummer/percussionist Adam Cruz. The second trio consists of his buddies bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade from the new Wayne Shorter Quintet, the band that has Pérez as a member as well.