Nick DeRiso’s Half-Year List of Top Albums for 2012, Blues and Jazz Edition

GONZALO RUBALCABA – XXI CENTURY (JAZZ): Rubalcaba reaffirms his place as one of the most important Afro-Cuban jazz figures to have emerged in the 1990s. He still possesses both the expected ebullience and the stirring power so long associated with Latin players — but also (and this is what makes him so special) the crystalline patience, and a thoughtful finesse, so few have managed.