Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Havana-born Afro-cuban jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba carved out a formidable track record for himself between 1985 - when he was discovered by Gillespie - and the remainder of that decade, highlighted by appearances and tours with such musical giants as Orquesta Aragon, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian. Meanwhile, one Rubalcaba album after another received critical kudos and did phenomenal business - an unsurprising trend, given the artist's ability to unite American and Cuban jazz rhythms and melodies into a seamless form while freshly reinventing the medium. In the early nineties, Rubalcaba formed an ensemble with bassist Ron Carter and drummer Julio Barreto; that unit headlines the concert film Gonzalo Rubalcabo Trio: Live at the Münchner Klaviersommer 1994. Ten numbers appear in this 88-minute set: "Hot House," "Autumn Leaves," "Donna Lee," "I Remember Clifford," "Ah-Leu-Cha," "Smooch," "Bouncing with Bud," "Woody'n You," "A Night in Tunisia," and "When Will the Blues Leave."