Live in Havana

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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Universal Latino
  • UPC: 824536066022
  • Catalog Number: 360660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Dolphin in the Street (12:53)
  2. 2 Nueva Cubana (10:48)
  3. 3 Concatenación Heroica (10:36)
  4. 4 Pluma (14:38)
  5. 5 Pisando el Césped (12:03)
  6. 6 Regreso Felíz (17:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández Drums
Rafael Carrasco Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Lazaro Cruz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Felipe Cabrera Electric Bass, Bassoon, Bass Guitar
Roberto Vizcaíno Percussion
Manuel Varela Saxophone
Grupo Proyecto Track Performer
Technical Credits
Gonzalo Rubalcaba Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Belc Engineer
Götz A. Wörner Producer
Luis Tamargo Liner Notes
Bernd Deutscher Cover Design
Johannes Wohlleben Mastering
Maria E. Haya Art Direction
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