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Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio

If you’re ever inclined to wonder what Bill Evans’ 1961 Village Vanguard recordings might have sounded like sans Paul Motian’s drums, this live set by bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo in 2005, provides one possibility. Bass and piano is a challenging duet set-up, but opener “En … Read More “Charlie Haden and Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Tokyo Adagio”

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: XXI Century

On the ambitious two-CD XXI Century, Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba continues to develop the ideas of modernity and fusion hinted at on previous recordings, with greater depth and breadth. Smartly accompanied by his trio of bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Marcus Gilmore, and augmented on certain tracks by guests, Rubalcaba moves with ease between styles … Read More “Gonzalo Rubalcaba: XXI Century”

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Fé

On Fé, Gonzalo Rubalcaba’s debut for his new label, 5Passion, the Cuban pianist and composer once again bridges the worlds of jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban music, delivering a stunning collection with dexterity, passion and spirit. Faith (the title translated) is the underlying impetus for this album, notes the artist, as are tolerance and inclusiveness. With … Read More “Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Fé”

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