Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio – Diz (Blue Note)

Splendid! This is the first word that came to my mind when I started listening (after some years) again to this great Gonzalo Rubalcaba work. The cover is a bit sad, probably in memory of Dizzy Gillespie.
Gonzalo was born in Havana, Cuba and had a very intense musical life and was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1986. Diz… the title of this albums, but, only 4 (of 9 tracks) are related to Dizzy. We can conclude that it is dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie, despite that.
Right after the first second of the first track, I realized that I was going to listen a real dense jazz work. I really heard that. Ron Carter at the bass started the first notes with a very precise and present walking. I have not comments about him and this name says everything by itself. At the drums, Julio Barreto doing everything you can imagine. Gonzalo has a very peculiar style in this album. He re-wrote completely all the standards and some tracks are unrecognizable, but still pretty. He is a true piano genius.
The recording quality is astonishing. The stage is very deep and airy. All the instruments are very well captured and have a perfect tonal balance. The piano timbre is very smooth at the left position. The bass at the center and the drums through the entire stage. It was recoded at McClear Pathé, Toronto 1993.

As a curious person, I decided to search information about this studio on Internet and found this web site: http://www.mcclear.com. The information I got is that it was closed in 2005 and this is a memorial site. That’s really also sad. The pictures show a very nice place with very nice people that produced very nice recordings.
I would like to dedicate this post to this great place and I hope everyone from McClear can continue working with the same quality as they did in the Diz album.

best regards
Leonardo

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