Ode to Joy

Blissing Out on Cuban-Born Jazz Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Inner voyage: Gonzalo Rubalcaba's shows are so sublime as to launch a groupie on a jazz pilgrimage
Michael Dvorak
Inner voyage: Gonzalo Rubalcaba's shows are so sublime as to launch a groupie on a jazz pilgrimage

There is indeed a meditative quality to Rubalcaba's performances that is difficult to articulate without sounding trite: The soft, slow passages are marked by a dark, delicate beauty that conjures tears. The more explosive turns, when the piano growls savagely or rumbles through the room like jet wash, literally make me laugh. And while listening, I find myself wishing for a way to preserve the purity.

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