Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Rapsodia

Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba has such impressive technique that he has the potential of completely overwhelming any song he plays but Rubalcaba shows admirable restraint throughout much of this quartet date. Influenced to a degree by Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock, Rubalcaba still shows a fresh personality when he utilizes an electric keyboard on a few of the selections. His quartet (which includes trumpeter Reynaldo Melian, bassist Felipe Cabrera and drummer Julio Barreto), in addition to fine support, offers a contrasting solo voice in its virtuosic trumpeter. This is a well-rounded set of complex but fairly accessible music. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Gonzalo Rubalcaba doesn't politely play the piano: He consumes it and conquers it with dazzling technique and intensity. While his albums with American jazzers have fueled his growing legacy, this jazz-fusion session on Rapsodia, with his regular Cuban group may be a truer portrait. With bravado, dizzying precision and speed, knotty harmonies, and blendings of electric and acoustic keyboards, this is a potent showcase for a young virtuoso who, at the moment, has little interest in relaxing. - by Josef Woodard, Ew.com

Artist: Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Album: Rapsodia
Year: 1992
Label: Blue Note (1993)
Runtime: 54:40

1.  Contagio 6:41 
2.  Circuito II 9:46 
3.  Tributo 9:07 
4.  Santo Canto (Holy Chant) 4:45 
5.  Moose the Mooche 6:39 
6.  Chancletera 7:27 
7.  Rapsodia Cubana 10:10 
All songs composed by G. Rubalcaba except 5 composed by Charlie Parker

Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Piano)
Felipe Cabrera (Bass)
Julio Barreto (Drums)
Reynaldo Melian (Trumpet)


  1. Thank you very much!

  2. Gonzalo knocked me out during his solo on Pat Martino's "Think Tank." Thanks for another shot at this amazing Cuban artist.



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