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Will Vinson: Perfectly Out Of Place

Read "Perfectly Out Of Place" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Perfectly Out Of Place--the sixth album from saxophonist Will Vinson--is a marvel of compositional design, textural beauty, and musicality. It's both in keeping with his previous work and several steps beyond and above. While Vinson is essentially sticking with his favored quintet format on this one, he's expanded his sonic palette by adding some judicious overdubs and bringing in a number of special guests--The Mivos Quartet, vocalist Jo Lawry, and percussionist Jamey Haddad. He's also upped his ...

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Yosvany Terry: Yosvany Terry: New Throned King

Read "Yosvany Terry: New Throned King" reviewed by Steve Bryant

Yosvany Terry is part of the new wave of young Cuban players who have come to these shores during the last decade and established a solid presence based on their artistry and virtuosity. What has distinguished Terry from his counterparts, however, is that while most of the Cubans are either pianists or drummers, his instruments of choice have been the alto and soprano sax. In the meantime, Terry, who is the scion of one of Cuba's musical first families, Los ...

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Volcan: Volcan

Read "Volcan" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Whenever a musician strikes out on their own by forming their own label they're addressing the issue of control and consolidation. Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba went one better when he created 5passion. He consolidated, took control, and diversified his offerings. First came Fe (5passion, 2011)--a sanctified solo piano date that All About Jazz's Dan McClenaghan rightly called “an eighty-minute jazz prayer." XXI Century (5passion, 2012)--a trio-plus-guests date--followed, providing an expansive look at the places where rock, funk, Cuban traditions, and African ...

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Alex Sipiagin: From Reality And Back

Read "From Reality And Back" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

From Reality And Back comes off as notable before a note of music ever reaches the ears. In fact, this album presents itself as a bit of a jazz PR dream: bassist Dave Holland makes a rare sideman appearance here, guitarist Pat Metheny contributed an original written strictly for this project ("Son, Uvedeny Posle"), and the rest of the band is rounded out by A-listers like pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, whose label--5passion--serves as the record's home. After hearing all of that, ...

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: XXI Century

Read "XXI Century" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If Gonzalo Rubalcaba were a major league pitcher, he would be a seasoned veteran with the knowledge that to be effective he would have to be the master of multiple pitches. Gone are his rookie days when he could throw nothing but fastballs to get outs.Same for Gonzalo Rubalcaba, jazz pianist. Twenty-five years ago he wowed audiences with his powerful attack and blinding speed. As his sound has matured, he has begun communicating with more subtlety, throwing audiences ...

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Fe...Faith

Read "Fe...Faith" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Cuban-born/Miami-based pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba boasts a discography of some 25 albums, including a dozen discs for the esteemed Blue Note label. Having established star status for himself with numerous Grammy nominations and two wins, Rubalcaba steps out with the first release on his independent 5Passion label, Fe...Faith.Over the course of his career, Rubalcaba has worked with some of the best modern jazz players, including Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, but introduces his new record company ...

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Fe' ... Faith

Read "Fe' ... Faith" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

It's been ten years since pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba teamed up with Charlie Haden on Nocturne (Universal, 2001). Then a twenty-something Cuban virtuoso, Rubalcaba already had a decade of recordings behind him and was being compared to Keith Jarrett and Cecil Taylor. Now a Florida resident and with his own newly minted label, 5Passion, Rubalcaba releases Fé ... Faith, a solo collection and his finest work to date. Rubalcaba's playing style has typically been energetic and fiery and while ...


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