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Rubalcaba, Gonzalo / Avatar
Album:Avatar Collection:Jazz
Artist:Rubalcaba, Gonzalo Added:02/2008
Label:Blue Note 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-03-02 Pull Date:2008-05-04 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:4 May27 Apr20 Apr13 Apr6 Apr30 Mar23 Mar16 Mar

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3.May 14, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
This Is It
6.May 02, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum: Peace

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-03-01 
Blue Note, 2008

MODERN JAZZ – This is a strong set of very modern-sounding postbop jazz, with plenty of melodic and rhythmic complexity creating an edgy feel, particularly in 3 tracks written by sax man Yosvany Terry (1,2,5). Matt Brewer & Marcus Gilmore are just awesome in the rhythm section, while Rubalcaba and the horn players sound totally confident as they spin out dense, dazzling solos. Great stuff.

Fo’s Picks: 2, 4, 5, 6

1. 9:43 – delicate intro, then heavy stride with some twisty lines
2. 12:32 – steady uptempo, aggressively tricky rhythm: cool solos all around
3. 13:07 – moody: quiet solo intro, then a thick midtempo ballad
4. 4:09 – calm Horace Silver ballad, relaxed and pretty, nice bass & piano
5. 8:34 – uptempo, rolling urban sound, brainy piano, great horn dialogue
6. 7:07 – intricate melodic motif gets bounced around, reflected, chopped up
7. 10:07 – modern classical piece: careful stepping-stone sound, calm solos

[ Fo ] 1-Mar-08

Track Listing
1.Looking In Retrospective 4.Peace
2.This Is It 5.Hip Side
3.Aspiring To Normalcy 6.Infantil
 7.Preludio Corto No. 2 For Piano