Archive for December, 2010

“Rapsodia Cubana” Part-1

“Rapsodia Cubana” Part-1

“Concierto Negro” Liner Notes

La musica negra africana se impone no solo al oido, sino a todas las facultade del hombre, a todas sus posibilidades de entendimiento por medio dio de sonoridades acordes o al unisono, con una concepcion del mundo y del mas alia. A su vez esas s0noridades parecen responder a un mundo en movimiento que busca perpetuamente a perfeccion.

Francis Bebey

… A la musica latinoamericana hay que aceptarla en bloque tal y como es, admitiendose que sus mas originales expresiones l0 mismo pueden sa irle de la calle, como venirle de las academias. En el pasado fueron tanedores campesinos, intrumentistas de arrabal, obscuros guitarreros, pianistas de cine /…/ quienes Ie dieron tarjeta de identidad, empaque y estilo, y ahi esta la diferencia esencial, a nuestro juicio, entre la historia musical de Roma, de Europa y la historia musical de America Latina, donde en epocas todavia recientes una buena cancio local podia resultar de mayor enriquecimiento estetico que una sinfonia mediantemente lograda, que nada anadia al bagaje sinfonico universal.

Alejo Carpentier

“Velas” Part-Two

“Velas Part-2”

“Velas” Part-One

“Velas Part -One”

“Cantagio”

“Cantagio”

Modern Drummer Oct 1, 2007 Vic Stevens on Ignacio Berroa

VIC STEVENS ON IGNACIO BERROA

Gonzalo Rubalcaba‘s Paseo is one of those albums that has greatness written all over it. Drumming icon/legend Ignacio Berroa lays it down so thick, it’s impossible not to become absorbed with his groove. The lock between Berroa and bassist Jose Armando Gola is quite special. Ignacio makes the tunes sound so relaxed that you almost forget how deep they really are. This whole album is a tremendous statement to groovin’ hard within the complexities of well-written tunes.

Sunday Birmingham (England) March 16th, 2008

Play: GONZALO RUBALCABA Avatar (Blue Note)

Byline: JD

It’s always good to see an established artist putting something back into the music that has inspired success. For his 13th Blue Note outing, acclaimed Cuban piano virtuoso Gonzalo Rubalcaba combines his classical training and innovative jazz technique with a hastily assembled band of New York novices, and the results are breathtaking. Young gun saxman Yosvany Terry, trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Marcus Gilmore had never performed together before they started to improvise with Rubalcaba in the studio but the instrumental dialogues that followed are both joyous and lyrical. A breath of fresh air.

“Fé” Recording Sessions Hit Factory Miami

PALME D’OR, Music Academy Paris, France

Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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