Gonzalo Rubalcaba - Inner Voyage (rel.1999)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Title Inner Voyage
Length 73:05 Discs: 1 Tracks: 9
Format CD-R (copy) Packaging Jewel Case
Label Blue Note (EMI) Cat. Number 99241
Style General Jazz Rating
Musicians Credits
Michael Brecker sax tenor
Gonzalo Rubalcaba piano
Ignacio Berroa drums
Jeff Chambers bass
Producer Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Engineer Jim Anderson
Track list
Yolanda Anas 05:23
Promenade 07:45
The Hard One 06:31
Sandyken 07:51
Here's That Rainy Day 09:35
Caravan 10:59
Joan 11:33
Blues Lundvall 06:58
Joao 06:30
Cuban-born pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's ninth Blue Note recording, Inner Voyage is an aptly titled affair. Throughout the album's nine tracks, which showcase his regular working trio of drummer Ignacio Berroa and bassist Jeff Chambers with fiery guest appearances by tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker on two tracks, Rubalcaba's vision is more introspective than on his previous release, Antiguo. But it's no less affecting and in fact may be Rubalcaba's most heartfelt playing to date. Featuring a mix of tunes penned by Rubalcaba and standards like "Here's That Rainy Day" and "Caravan," the music on Inner Voyage is meant to evoke various figures in the pianist's life, from his daughter ("Yolando Anas") and two sons ("Joan" and "Joao") to Blue Note Records head Bruce Lundvall ("Blues Lundvall"). Listeners who expect a thrilling ride of Afro-Cuban rhythms all the way through may be surprised, since unlike Chucho Valdés and the elder Cuban piano statesman Rubén Gonzáles, Rubalcaba doesn't wear his Cuban influence on his sleeve. In fact, most of the disc finds him treading delicately on Bill Evans territory, and it's not even until the charged rendition of "Caravan" that Rubalcaba lets some wondrously jagged piano montunos bubble to the surface. --Ezra Gale