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Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Mi Gran Pasion
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360613), Released 1991; Re-Issued 2004
Editor's Pick:
Back in stock! One of Rubalcaba's most ciritically acclaimed releases. (BP, 2004-04-27)
Description:
Recorded July 1991.
Reviews:
"Gonzalo's tribute to one of the most important forms of Cuban music is simply gorgeous. The way he uses modern jazz harmonies and contemporary musical rhythms without losing focus of the traditions is breathtaking. This CD would make my all time top ten. Another must have." (Raul Rico Jr. 98/99 Catalog)
"I'm not a fan of this latter-day Keith Jarrett. But let this record show that the flashy piano virtuoso can come up with the gold if he digs deep enough. A charter member of one of danzon's first families offers a music history lesson from the vantage point of that durable Cuban genre. Irreverent, deeply moving and insightful; it gives education a good name. Sadly, save for the rare introspection, it's been mostly show-and-tell from Gonzalo after this." (Nat Chediak 96/97 Catalog)
"By far one of the most amazing talents to emerge from Cuba, Gonzalo has arrived at his place among the great pianists of our time. Gonzalo grew up around his father's traditional charanga orchestra, and the sounds of the Cuban danzón. This, combined with his strong technical ability, and his love for classical music and jazz, is finally brought forth on this recording of danzones. Unlike his more fusion-oriented approach on other Grupo Proyecto recordings, this album blends the old with the new as he brings contemporary flavor to one of Cuba's most important musical styles." (Rebeca Mauleón 96/97 Catalog)
"Rubalcaba takes the Cuban danzon in new directions. He replaces the traditional violins with brass and finds new melodic sources - like Tschaikowsky. Excellent." (Nancy Rodriguez 94/95 Catalog)
"He's a still-developing artist and it's too early to say where he'll go. This is the masterwork of his early period -- an affectionate, imaginative take on danzón, the music he grew up hearing his father's charanga play. The band includes Reynaldo Melián on trumpet, Roberto Vizcaino on percussion, and now-New Yorker Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández on drums." (Ned Sublette 94/95 Catalog)
"Danzón in the modern context as performed by Cuba's young virtuoso composer/arranger/pianist Gonzalo Rubacalba. A good example of bringing the roots to the future." (Bobby Sanabria 94/95 Catalog)
Song titles include:
Recordando A Tschaikowsky 5:57
Mi Gran Pasion 7:40
Concierto En Varsovia 6:57
Preludio Proyecto Latino 3:54
Principe Nino 6:14
Cuatro Veinte 9:47
Musicians include:
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Steinway piano, keyboards
Roberto Vizcaino Percussion
Horacio Hernandez "El Negro" Drums
Lazaro Cruz Trumpet, flugelhorn
Rafael Carrasco Flute, tenor sax
Reinaldo Cabrera Bass
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz => Cuba
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