Gonzalo Rubalcaba: This Is It


This Is It



Avatar (Blue Note 84185)

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Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano), Yosvany Terry (alto sax), Mike Rodriguez (flugelhorn), Matt Brewer (bass), Marcus Gilmore (drums).

Composed by Yosvany Terry


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


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

On the longest track from Rubalcaba's Avatar CD, the band stretches out for a 12-minute exploration of Yosvany Terry's composition "This Is it." The harmonic approach is mostly modal, with the solos taking wing over the throbbing vamp of bassist Matt Brewer, who periodically jumps into fast swing time but never settles into any rhythm long enough to let the soloists get complacent. The result is an agitated, jittery performance that throws off lots of sparks.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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