Gonzalo Rubalcaba: Peace





Avatar (Blue Note 84185)

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano), Matt Brewer (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums).

Composed by Horace Silver


Recorded: New York, May 29-June 1, 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Horace Silver was better known for his groove numbers of various types -- Latin, funk, hard bop -- than for ballads. But with "Peace," Silver contributed one of the greatest jazz ballads, a graceful short form that was closer to Miles's "Blue in Green" than to the typical Blue Note offering.

Well, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Another Blue Note artist, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, may likewise be better known for his groove numbers, but here shows that (like Silver) he can craft a beautiful, breathing ballad. And he chooses Silver's "Peace" for the honors. Rubalcaba does not drive the band here, but merely lingers like a gentle fog over the pace set by bassist Matt Brewer. The delicacy of his touch stands out in this setting. This is the shortest track on Rubalcaba's Avatar CD (clocking in at four minutes), but by no means a lesser one.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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