Friday, February 22, 2008

Jazz for a Friday night (or any night)

We rarely buy new jazz because there is so much jazz from the classic greats out there. In fact, we rarely buy a new "album" of any type in its entirety anymore (thank you iTunes for saving us from bands' throwaway filler songs). However, we read one brief review of this CD, listened to a few sample seconds of it, and bought it right away. Gonzalo Rubalcaba has recently released the gorgeous CD Avatar. Evidently, Rubalcaba has been around for awhile, having been discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1985. He is a native of Havana and started to emerge in the 1990s as an important figure in the Afro-Cuban jazz movement. This is our first exposure to him but we look forward to going back to his large library of work and discovering more beautiful works from this jazz pianist. We like to light some frankincense and myrrh incense, watch the smoke, and immerse ourselves in this music.

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