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Robert Fonseca is among the best Cuban pianists working today. He spent large chunks of the ‘00s playing with Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuando and Ibrahim Ferrer, but he doesn’t dwell too deeply on the past; he also works with British DJ Gilles Peterson. Fonseca’s own albums generally swing back and forth between Latin jazz and traditional Afro-Cuban folk styles that even predate BVSC’s sound. This comes into play on Yo, but there are other wrinkles—particularly notable are spoken-word passages from poets Mike Ladd and Nicolas Guillen. The presence of African players stands out as well, with the chattering n’goni, the harp-like kora, and African hand percussion adding rich color to the musical tapestry. Standout cuts include “Mi Negra Ave Maria” (thanks in part to Ladd’s work), the African-leaning “Bibisa," and “80s,” which opens the album and is then remixed by Count. Those hoping for something closer to the traditions of his homeland should look to “7 Rayos.” A pianist/arranger/composer whose tastes and talents know no boundaries, Robert Fonseca has created something singular on Yo.

Customer Reviews

The Truth


Excellent album

This is one of the greatest recordings in latin jazz that I’ve ever had the chance to hear.


Born: March 29, 1975 in Havana, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Instrumental in the global renaissance of Cuban music, Roberto Fonseca is a world-renowned pianist famous for fusing Latin jazz, urban music, and African rhythms with the sounds of his heritage. Born in Havana in 1975, he first began playing the piano at age eight and after graduating from university with a Master's degree in composition, teamed up with Javier Zalba under the guise of Temperamento to record 1999 debut En el Comienzo. A solo record, Tiene Que Ver, followed in the same year, and after...
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Yo, Roberto Fonseca
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, World
  • Released: Aug 27, 2013

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