Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Inner Voyage
Maturity. The playing and composition here is mostly of a light and airy hew. The disc opens with two lightly kissed Latin ballads before erupting with a Post Bop Fury on "The Hard One", propelled by Michael Brecker's influential Tenor who returns on the convoluted blues, "Blues Lundvall". The disc high point is a very Latin Cool "Caravan". Rubalcaba turns Edward Kennedy the same way he did John Birks on Diz (dig that nosebleed swing on the bridge!). Inner Voyage finds Rubalcaba with the satisfying accomplishment of this fine recording.
Track Listing: Yolanda Anas; Promenade, The Hard One, Sandyken; Here's That Rainy Day; Caravan; Joan; Blues Lundvall; Joao. (Total Playing Time 73:06).
Personnel: Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Piano; Ignacio Berroa: Drums; Jeff Chambers: Bass; Michael Brecker: Tenor Saxophone.
Record Label: Blue Note Records