A posthumous release, but one that Charlie Haden ardently desired prior to his passing in July 2014. Tokyo Adagio marks the ultimate step in the American bassist's collaborations with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the pianist of genius he met in Cuba in 1986, and with whom Charlie immediately found an entente bordering on telepathy. Several recordings - the famous Montreal Tapes of 1998, the studio albums Nocturne (2001) and Land of the Sun (2004) - are evidence of the huge complicity binding these two musicians, but no recording had yet given new life to the pure exchange they gave to the audience at the Blue Note Tokyo on consecutive evenings in spring 2005. Ten years later, impulse! is happy to publish this unique eye-witness account with a title to Charlie's taste (he referred to himself as "an adagio guy.") Through this tribute to the stateliness of his inimitable grace, the spirit of Charlie Haden is still with us.
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Santa Fe New Mexican interview with Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Two piano powerhouses share the stage at the Lensic Peforming Arts Center on Saturday, July 28. With 13 Grammy or Latin Grammy awards between them, Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba promise to electrify what will probably be a sold-out crowd at the New Mexico Jazz Festival event. Valdés, born in Havana in 1941, is best known for the many-flavored Irakere, a band he led from 1973 to 20...
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Pedrito Martinez play Bucharest Jazz Festival
The pianist/composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba was already a phenomenon of jazz as a young musician with a growing career in Cuba when he was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1985. Since then, Piano & Keyboard Magazine has included Rubalcaba among the greatest pianists In the 20th century, alongside names like Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich and Bill Evans, winning two Grammy titles and two Latin Grammy titles....
Charlie Haden tribute@CalArts / Los Angeles Times
There was a fleeting moment on Saturday night during a loving, two-and-a-half-hour tribute to the life of Charlie Haden, held at the striking outdoor theater dubbed the Wild Beast at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, when the concert fell short of capturing the stature of the man. It was no fault of the musicians, faculty or admirers who had gathered for the show because, realistically, n...
Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba / NPR: To The Best of Our Knowledge
After more than half a century of feuding, the U.S. has re-opened its embassy in Havana, Cuba. Among other things, that could set the stage for more Cuban-American musical exchanges. They've been few and far between, but legendary. For instance – in the late 80's, American jazz great Charlie Haden met a young Cuban pianist – Gonzalo Rubalcaba. They hit it off, and Haden became a kind ...
Haden | Rubalcaba - Tokyo Adagio makes August Dirty Dog List
A posthumous release, but one that Charlie Haden ardently desired prior to his passing in July 2014. Tokyo Adagio marks the ultimate step in the American bassist's collaborations with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the pianist of genius he met in Cuba in 1986, and with whom Charlie immediately found an entente bordering on telepathy. Several recordings - the famous Montreal Tap...
Charlie Haden | Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Tokyo Adagio / KCRW: Rhythm Planet
This is music that comes straight from the heart. Two outstanding musicians who genuinely loved and respected one another, performing before a quiet, rapt audience in the intimate setting of the Blue Note Tokyo club. It is music to savor like a fine meal accompanied by a fine wine. Some duet albums I find to be thin, lacking the presence of a solid drummer to enliven things. But not so with Tokyo Ada...