Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
231

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Inner Voyage

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Incandesence at Absolute Zero. Cuban Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba exploded onto the American Music Scene with his first Blue Note release Discovery: Live at Montreux (95478, 1990). The recording details Rubalcaba in an empathetic trio setting with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. The resulting music was a molten virtuosity quickening all in its aural path. Nine years later finds Rubalcaba still with Blue Note releasing a set of performances that, while laid-back, are still potently luminescent.

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 | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Playing Lecuona
Playing Lecuona
Sony Music
2016
buy
Volcan
Volcan
5Passion
2013
buy
XXI Century
XXI Century
5Passion
2012
buy
Fe...Faith
Fe...Faith
5Passion
2011
buy
Avatar
Avatar
Blue Note Records
2008
buy
Solo
Solo
Blue Note Records
2006
buy

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.