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Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Supernova

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Supernova (Music - Gonzalo Rubalcaba)

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Producers:
Blue Note

We gave it a B+

Jazz piano virtuoso Rubalcaba — one of the finest Cuban exports this side of the Buena Vista Social Club — has been a contender for over a decade. On earlier recordings, his pianistic pyrotechnics grabbed the ear and head while sometimes depriving the heart, but that tendency has yielded to all-purpose musicality. Supernova neatly showcases Rubalcaba’s strengths: unerring yet playful rhythm, technical ferocity when required, burnished balladry, and Cuban swagger blended with jazz suavity, all connected with fiery hands and a cool head.