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Fé … Faith from Gonzalo Rubalcaba, on which he has also been blessed with a wonderful piano sound on this, his first recording on his own label, 5Passion. In his faith for the Creator Rubalcaba goes into dark passages looking deep into his soul. The introverted passages are brightened by his crystalline single finger runs, making each note sparkle like stars coming out at night. At times he shifts through improvisations based on Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, Miles ”Blue in Green” and Gillespie’s “Con Alma”. It’s demanding listening, and that‘s what you have to do to reap the rewards of this album.

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