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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Avatar

Read "Avatar" reviewed by Luis T. Martinez

Having matured and no longer needing to prove his chops to others or himself, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba has turned his attention to ensembling and orchestration, and in no other work is this more evident than Avatar. Only after multiple listens does it become clear how the compositions are driving the improvisations and not the other way ...

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Avatar

Read "Avatar" reviewed by J Hunter

Listening to Avatar--pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's first release since 2006--is kind of like eating unshelled lobster: It takes hard work and a will of iron to get to the meat. And while that meat may be succulent to some, the taste may not be for everybody.

The problem originates with the “shell" that surrounds most of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Avatar

Read "Avatar" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

Although his sound is as blazing and inspiring as ever, Gonzalo Rubalcaba's new album may mark something of a departure. Recorded at the famed New York studio of the same name, Avatar provides listeners with a unique melting pot of songs and styles, while also implying new freedom and possibility for the renowned Cuban pianist. Only ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Avatar: The Cosmic Hand

Read "The Cosmic Hand" reviewed by Tim Sprinkle

My motto: If you’re not pushing ahead, you’re falling behind. You see it everywhere you look these days: retro clothing styles, overdone movie and TV concepts, retread political candidates... there’s just no originality anymore. And nowhere is this more true than in music, where a seemingly endless parade of new acts bubble to the surface with ...