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Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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Gonzalo Julio Gonzalez Fonseca was born in Havana, Cuba, May 27, 1963, into a musical family rich in the traditions of the country’s artistic past. During his childhood, in addition to the standard fare of elementary schools, Gonzalo was absorbing his Cuban musical heritage through personal contacts within his family, notably his father, pianist Guillermo Rubalcaba, and leading musicians who were frequent houseguests: Frank Emilio, Peruchin, Felipe Dulzaides and others. He also assimilated through scarce and treasured recordings the tunes and styles of 40’s-70’s US jazz masters: Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, Oscar Peterson among pianists; and instrumentalists Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Trios, Duos and Solos

Read "Trios, Duos and Solos" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show focuses mainly on the smallest units of jazz interaction, trios and duos, with a couple of solo performances thrown in along the way. Artists heard on the program include Matthew Shipp, the collective trio Air, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Adam Larson and Bill Frisell. There is also a special mention of bassist Charnett Moffett, who passed ...

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Article: Album Review

Jimmy Branly Trio: The Meeting

Read "The Meeting" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Patience is a commodity which musicians generally have in an unlimited supply because the path from being an unknown musician to a known musician is long and filled with twists and turns, with no guarantee of arriving at a predicted destination. Drummer Jimmy Branly began that journey in his native Cuba and, along the way, recorded ...

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Article: Album Review

David Virelles: Nuna

Read "Nuna" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Cuban-born pianist/composer David Virelles has never been far from the top of the jazz profession in his recording career. His initial appearance as a sideman was with Juno Award winner Jane Bunnett on her 2001 Blue Note release Alma de Santiago. Early in his career he studied with Henry Threadgill and played with Steve Coleman, Chris ...

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Article: Album Review

Caleb Wheeler Curtis and Laurent Nicoud: Substrate

Read "Substrate" reviewed by Paul Rauch


The duo, in jazz or any musical form, is an intimate conversation that requires a large degree of artistic courage. The participants must be willing to expose themselves emotionally as well as musically. It is brutally honest, a practice in individuality within the context of mutual respect and humility. In the case of Swiss pianist Laurent ...

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Article: Album Review

Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Skyline

Read "Skyline" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Substantial yet serene, sophisticated yet soothing, Skyline oozes with the earthiness of New York City. Here, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba merged their broad skills into an assemblage of erudite conversations, each package wrapped with beauty and delicate care. Of the many common threads heard in this collection, none could be more precious than ...

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Article: Six Picks

2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems

Read "2021’s Overlooked and Underrated Gems" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel


Giovanni Guidi Ojos De Gato CAM Jazz 2021 In a year where saxophone roots-revivalist James Brandon Lewis made headlines everywhere --topping multiple year end lists for his collaboration with the Red Lily quartet on Jesup Wagon (among numerous placements in jazz publications around the globe for that album and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Erik Truffaz, Steve Smith and Vital Information and Tom Coster

Read "Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Erik Truffaz, Steve Smith and Vital Information and Tom Coster" reviewed by Len Davis


Cuban piano and keyboard player Gonzalo Rubalcaba from Paseo, French Trumpeter Erik Truffaz, from Canada Alain Caron and intense fusion from Tom Coster and Gary Willis.Playlist Gonzalo Rubalcaba “Paseo Con Fula" from Paseo (Blue Note) 00:00 Erik Truffaz “Ghost Drummer" from Saloua (EMI) 06:19 Alain Caron “Trouble" from Play (Norac) 12:30 Steve Smith & ...

Album

Skyline

Label: 5Passion
Released: 2021
Track listing: Lágrimas Negras; Gypsy; Silver Hollow; Promenade; Novia Mia; A Quiet Place; Ahmad the Terrible; Siempre Maria; RonJackRuba.

Album

Viento Y Tiempo: Live at the Blue Note Tokyo

Label: Top Stop Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Temas: Rumba Callejera; El Güararey de Pastora; El Manisero; El Ciego; Rompiendo la Rutina; Bemba Colorá; Lágrimas Negras; Viento y Tiempo.


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