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Cuban-born, U.S.-based pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba draws from his classical conservatory training and his experience playing with Afro-Cuban outfits, including the legendary Orquesta Aragon. The self-released finds Rubalcaba alone at the keyboard. Although he’s always been known for his formidable technique, in recent years he has trimmed some of the flash and become more focused. Here, he performs two versions of Miles Davis’ “Blue In Green” that find a nice balance between abstraction and moody ballad interpretation; the end results are both heady and moving. “Improvisation 1” and “Improvisation 2,” two pieces based on “Coltrane Changes”— innovative harmonic progressions used by John Coltrane — both dazzle with their speed and precise articulation. “Joan,” the longest track, finds the pianist working in an expansive mode that moves through many sections, and that at times recalls Keith Jarrett. One striking cut, “Oro,” moves between salon-like melodicism and more dissonant passages. Here, Rubalcaba displays a virtuosity that’s as sharp as a razor.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Jazz Musicians Ever.....

This man is amazing..... Many musicians hit a certain stage of development and go no further. This album is such a revelation. Gonzalo is know for his hard work and dedication. It's obvious.....Gonzalo continues to mature and develop as if he were on a mission. What is becoming clear here is that he is successfully melding jazz, latin AND CLASSICAL styles and themes like a master chef mixing eclectic ingredients for a savory and unique stew..... We all know he has chops like few others, but the taste, the depth, the touch is blowing me away. I challenge you to listen to "Blue in Green 1" in a darkened room with your eyes closed. (This is a scary experiment). I started to have visions of Evans and Miles in the studio in 59, especially toward the end where Gonzalo plays the original intro..... "Joan" is a gorgeous piece, and is another tasty mix of modes and styles. "Preludio Corto" is where Gonzalo shines in his ability to take a classical piece and add his jazz vibe. This piece is cinematic, reminding me of grand old "Film Noir" tragedies , perhaps "The Picture of Dorian Gray".....
People..... It's time we give this man the respect he deserves. We have marginalized him long enough. Time to trash the unfair, unfounded, and untrue allegations about his politics advanced by other jealous Cuban's..... many of whom have a REAL closet full of sins..... People.....It's time to be smart..... Last I checked his parents are alive and well in Cuba.... Meanwhile forget politics, and DIG THIS MAN'S MUSIC !!!!!
P.S. This album is released by Gonzalo's own Label. How cool is that.... God Bless You Gonzalo Rubalcaba..... Un Abrazo!!!

Wonderfull !

What a great musicien!

Renewed my love for Jazz!!!!

Gonzalo has renewed my love for Jazz and open my ears to even more variety, Cuban/Latino Jazz.

Biography

Born: May 27, 1963 in Havana, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

One of the most important figures to emerge from Afro-Cuban jazz in the '90s, Gonzalo Rubalcaba is an extraordinarily versatile pianist able to blend disparate strands of Cuban and American jazz tradition into a fresh, modern whole. Born into a musical family in Havana on May 27, 1963, Rubalcaba began studying classical piano at age eight, honing his technique in that area for the next 12 years while playing around Havana by night. In 1983, he toured France and Africa with Cuba's longstanding Orquesta...
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