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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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Take Five with Pianist Shereen Cheong

Read "Take Five with Pianist Shereen Cheong" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Shereen Cheong Shereen Cheong is a New York-based Malaysian pianist, composer, arranger, producer and educator who developed a sense of music from the tender age of three. Pursuant to her classical training, she studied jazz piano with Malaysia's jazz veteran, Michael Veerapen. She is a graduate from Berklee College of Music, holding a dual degree ...

Article: Album Review

Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Borrowed Roses

Read "Borrowed Roses" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Borrowed Roses testimonia la nuova primavera artistica di Gonzalo Rubalcaba, già protagonista di recenti opere di valore. Questo album del pianista cubano costituisce una delle rivisitazioni più eleganti e originali degli standard jazzistici proposte in questo decennio. Da “Lush Life" a “Very Early," l'ispirata eplorazione dell'universo canzone è sostenuta da un'invenzione su due livelli che pur ...


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Geri Allen, Kronos Quartet, and Ahmad Jamal.

Read "Geri Allen, Kronos Quartet, and Ahmad Jamal." reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode features a wide array of duets, tributes, and curiosities from jazz's past and present. Musicians heard include Geri Allen & Kurt Rosenwinkel, the Kronos Quartet, Nate Wooley, and Ahmad Jamal. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...


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Random Acts of Roach 2, Charlie Haden, Basie!

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This week we continue with our Random Acts of Roach in celebration of the centennial of the birth of the legendary Max Roach; we'll also visit two piano trio sets anchored by bassist Charlie Haden, three bits of Basie, and a set of Dizzy Gillespie & Lalo Schifrin works. New and recent releases and gems from ...


Article: Album Review

Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Trio D'été: Turning Point

Read "Turning Point" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

Ecco un trio di qualità superiore e magistrale souplesse, in grado di regalare profonde emozioni a chi lo ascolta. Aleggia in questo Turning Point un mirabile magistero tecnico, coniugato a un invidiabile interplay nel valorizzare il magniloquente pensiero compositivo di Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Nelle sette tracce di questo album c'è imprevedibilità, fantasia esecutiva, tensione emotiva. ...


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A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things - Part 4

Read "A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things - Part 4" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

For the past few episodes we have been looking back at albums released this year which we've been most fascinated by, and we cherry-picked songs from those albums that struck us the most... To wrap up this retrospective here's the last batch of sonic gems.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...


Article: Year in Review

Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023

Read "Ludovico Granvassu's Garden of Jazzy Delights 2023" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If it is true that, like The Police once put it, “when the world is going down you make the best of what's still around," then throughout 2023 jazz fans were better off than most other social groups. In a year in which everyday news brought ever more inconceivable disappointments, jazz musicians, labels, festivals and venues ...


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A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things - Part 2

Read "A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

It's that time of the year when we look back at the past twelve months and realize that jazz continues to be possibly the only thing that doesn't let us down, while the world is getting crazier by the hour. So here we are again, sharing a few mores tunes we've loved the most in the ...


Turning Point

Label: 5Passion
Released: 2023
Track listing: Infantil; Otra Mirada; Turning I; Iku; Turning II; Hard One Joy; Joie.


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