Emiliano Salvador: Una Maņana de Domingo


Una Maņana de Domingo



Ayer y Hoy (Qbasdisc QB-9011)

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Emiliano Salvador (piano).

Composed by Emiliano Salvador


Recorded: Havana, Cuba, 1992


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Emiliano Salvador never achieved the international success of other top Cuban jazzmen such as Paquito D'Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Arturo Sandoval and Chucho Valdes. In 1992, at age 41, Salvador died in his sleep of a heart attack. Valdes called him "the best pianist of his generation," and the words "Cuba's Jazz Legend" on the front of this CD's packaging are not mere hype. An accomplished drummer and percussionist, Salvador's piano playing could be intensely rhythmic and driving, and he was a diverse stylist overall, as likely to perform jazz versions of more traditional chachas, sambas, mambos, and danzons as he was to stretch out and burn on straight-ahead Latin jazz tunes.

"Una Maņana de Domingo," from his last recording, is a nearly 9-minute tour de force that encapsulates all of Salvador's power, grace and romanticism. The pianist unfurls the yearning melody slowly, veering off into tinkling embellishments complemented by resounding left-hand figures. A more reflective section ensues, before his pace intensifies and he moves into an energetic modal mindset, ingeniously adding tantalizing montuno passages here and there, his profound touch and intricate lines consistently captivating. He then plays the theme straight through before offering more brilliantly textured variations, leading finally to a dramatic and emphatic two-handed conclusion. Mix together Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner and Chucho Valdes, and you might approximate what Salvador achieves in this stunning performance.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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