Live In Havana

Live In Havana

by Gonzalo RubalcabaGonzalo Rubalcaba


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What happens when a group of visionary musicians get together for the live performance of something very sophisticated, lead by one of jazz's heaviest hitters? The answer, of course, if magic. Now, what happens if all those things are true, but it is simply before the musician's time? Uncontrolled magic. When rhythm section players like Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Felipe Cabrera, Roberto Vizcaíno, and Horacio "El Negro" Hernández take the stage, there is Cuban alchemy so strong that concepts like tumbao and clave become obsolete, irrelevant. The horn players, Lazaro Cruz and Rafael Carrasco, together form an amazing voice, and individually push the style to new levels. The complexity of Rubalcaba's arrangements are unparalleled in modern Latin jazz. His soloing concepts are so visceral and unchecked that they are indigestible upon first listening. Though often times quite tuneful, 1989's Live in Havana bears all the markings of a "young lion's" project. The classic questions like "who is was this album made for, Gonzalo or the audience?" and "where's the mix of old and new?" are appropriate, and will leap to mind more than once. The overall effect is sort of like witnessing a young Bill Shakespeare get tipsy and let his hair down at a cocktail party. Most prefer Macbeth. The project is inspirational, and has great merit, but will require a very special kind of listener to get frequent play.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2007
Label: Messidor
UPC: 0733751583026
catalogNumber: 15830
Rank: 58859

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gonzalo Rubalcaba   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Rafael Carrasco   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Lazaro Cruz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Felipe Cabrera   Electric Bass,Bassoon
Roberto Vizcaíno   Percussion
Manuel Varela   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gonzalo Rubalcaba   Producer,Musical Producer
Jerry Belc   Engineer
Götz A. Wörner   Producer
Luis Tamargo   Liner Notes
Bernd Deutscher   Cover Design
Maria E. Haya   Cover Art
Jerzy Belc   Engineer

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