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New Gonzalo Rubalcaba CD in Sept.

Blue Note will release Paseo, a new CD by Latin-jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba (pictured), on September 28. It has been three years since Rubalcaba’s previous album, the Grammy-nominated Supernova, and he’s glad to have taken some time between releases.

“It’s been a very long time since Supernova,” Rubalcaba says. “I used to do an album or two a year, but that pace doesn’t give you the opportunity to think—you have to produce. However, I want the opportunity to think as well.”

Paseo uses the same quartet format that Rubalcaba employed on his previously albums Rapsodia and Antiguo. Drummer Ignacio Berroa, electric bassist Jose Armando Gola and saxophonist Luis Felipe Lamoglia join the pianist on Paseo.

“I had that need to begin a new period with my Cuban quartet,” says the Havana-born Rubalcaba. “I felt nostalgic for what I did with my quartet in past years, but it’s not only about emotion, it’s also about professionalism. I had a feeling that some of the pieces I did in the past still sound very contemporary in connection with what we’re doing right now. I think it’s a good idea to visit again the concepts that I did with my earlier Cuban quartets.”

The centerpiece of Paseo‘s nine tracks is “Preludio in Conga #1,” a composition by Cuban classical composer Hilario Gonzalez, who Rubalcaba holds in high regard and whose tunes he hopes to record more of in the future. Paseo also features “Paseo con Fula,” an ode to Rubalcaba’s dog Fula.

“We have a wonderful relationship,” Rubalcaba says of Fula. “He brings a lot of happiness. I think the tune sounds happy—very up. And the word paseo [which means walk] represents what we are looking for with the whole album. It’s kind of a walk through a different period of my career.”

Rubalcaba has been playing jazz since Dizzy Gillespie discovered him as a teenager. Rubalcaba has worked with musicians like Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, Paul Motian, Charlie Haden and Pat Martino, and has released numerous albums.

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