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Gonzalo Rubalcaba

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One of the most important figures to emerge from Afro-Cuban jazz in the '90s, Gonzalo Rubalcaba is an extraordinarily versatile pianist able to blend disparate strands of Cuban and American jazz tradition into a fresh, modern whole. Born into a musical family in Havana on May 27, 1963, Rubalcaba began studying classical piano at age eight, honing his technique in that area for the next 12 years while playing around Havana by night. In 1983, he toured France and Africa with Cuba's longstanding Orquesta Aragon, and formed his own band, Grupo Proyecto, in 1985, the same year he was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie. In 1986, Rubalcaba played the Havana Jazz Festival with the American rhythm section of Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and with Haden's support soon appeared at major international festivals like Montreal and Montreux. Rubalcaba's early dates for Blue Note -- 1990's Discovery: Live at Montreux and the following year's The Blessing -- were instant classics, breaking him among American jazz audiences and showcasing his virtuosic technique and dense improvisations. Rubalcaba was finally able to play for American audiences beginning in 1993, including a star-making appearance at Lincoln Center, and soon emigrated from Cuba (though not to the U.S. right away; he eventually settled in South Florida in 1996). Rubalcaba recorded for several labels, including Blue Note, which was home to much of his best later work, including 1999's introspective Inner Voyage, 2001's Grammy-winning Supernova, 2004's Paseo, which offered new interpretations of old songs, and 2005's aptly named Solo. In 2002 Rubalcaba shared the title of Artist in Residence at the Montreal Jazz Festival with fellow pianist Chucho Valdés, and in 2003, as part of the Bele Bele Jazz Club series, issued Straight Ahead, re-releases of three separate recording sessions between 1986 and 1987. ~ Steve Huey
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  2.   Blue in Green
  3.   Mima
  4.   Sin Remedio el Mar
  5.   Imagine
  6.   Circuit
  7.   Caravan
  8.   Peace and Quiet Time
  9.   Supernova 1
  10.   Bottoms Up
  11.   Contagio
  12.   Oren
  13.   Principe Nino
  14.   Sandyken
  15.   Promenade
  16.   Velas
  17.   Joan
  18.   Concierto en Varsovia
  19.   Preludio en Conga No. 1: Homage to Hilario
  20.   Giant Steps
  21.   Circuito II
  22.   Aspiring to Normalcy
  23.   Preludio Proyecto Latino
  24.   Santa Meta
  25.   Looking in Retrospective
  26.   El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor) by Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio
  27.   Autumn Leaves
  28.   Yolanda Anas
  29.   Alameda De Vientos by John McLaughlin
  30.   Moor
  31.   Improv No. 4
  32.   Improv No. 3
  33.   Faro (Beacon)
  34.   Improv No. 2
  35.   Improv No. 1
  36.   Son XXI
  37.   Oshun
  38.   El Cadete Constitucional (The Constitutional Cadet)
  39.   Preludio Corto #2 (Tu Amor Era Falso)
  40.   Smooch
  41.   I Remember Clifford
  42.   Bouncing with Bud
  43.   A Night in Tunisia
  44.   Preludio Corto No. 2 For Piano (Tu Amor Era Falso)
  45.   Peace
  46.   This Is It
  47.   Paseo Morado (Improvisation)
  48.   Paseo en Media Luz (Improvisation)
  49.   Paseo Iluminado (Improvisation)
  50.   Nightfall
  51.   Prólogo (Prologue to a Fantasy)
  52.   Sueña de Muñecas (Dream of the Dolls)
  53.   Faro (Beacon0
  54.   Canción de Cuna del Niño Negro (Lullaby for a Black Child)
  55.   Canción Para Dormir en el Sillón (Lullaby)
  56.   Rezo (Praise Be!)
  57.   Los Büyes
  58.   Sea Change
  59.   Quasar
  60.   Meanwhile
  61.   Paseo con Fula
  62.   El Guerrillero
  63.   El Manisero
  64.   El Cadete Constitucional
  65.   Here's That Rainy Day
  66.   The Hard One
  67.   Santo Canto
  68.   Con Alma
  69.   Ah-Leu-Cha
  70.   Gaby
  71.   No Name
  72.   Besame Mucho
  73.   Sandino
  74.   Pisando el Césped
  75.   Nueva Cubana
  76.   Mi Gran Pasion
  77.   Recordando a Tschaikowsky
  78.   Woody 'N You
  79.   Joao
  80.   First Song
  81.   Well, You Needn't
  82.   Homo Blues
  83.   Infantil
  84.   Sendero De Espuma
  85.   Sendero De Aliento
  86.   Fifty
  87.   Transparence
  88.   Alafia
  89.   Destino Sin Fin
  90.   Ni tú ni yo
  91.   Oro
  92.   Alma Mia
  93.   Silence
  94.   The Blessing
  95.   Yolanda
  96.   Supernova 2
  97.   La Pasionaria
  98.   Bay City
  99.   Ronda De Suerte
  100.   Simbunt Ye Contracova
  101.   All the Things You Are
  102.   Nosotros Los Del Caribe
  103.   Ebony
  104.   Lennie's Pennies
  105.   Hot House
  106.   Silver Hollow
  107.   On Green Dolphin Street
  108.   Anthem
  109.   Delirio No. 1
  110.   Derivado / Maferefun
  111.   Para vigo me voy
  112.   La Voz Del Centro
  113.   Rapsodia Espanola
  114.   Via Prodigiosa
  115.   Pasero Azul
  116.   Aqui El Que Baila Gana
  117.   Hermitage
  118.   Silencio (Silence)
  119.   Manha De Carnaval
  120.   Hip Side
  121.   Blues Lundvall
  122.   Improvisation
  123.   El Hijo Mensajero
  124.   Maferefun Iya Lodde Me
  125.   Mambo Influenciado
  126.   Otra Mirada (Another View) by Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio
  127.   Once Around the Park
  128.   Time Remembered
  129.   Prologo Comienzo
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