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Cuban Jazz Pianist Roberto Fonseca behind the Buena Vista Social Club
Zamazu is the calling card this summer of Cuban Jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca. The disc, recorded a year ago on the Enja label, still has a lot of mileage to travel, and has the added attraction of special appearances of Brazilian Carlinhos Brown, Spanish guitarist Vicente Amigo, Omara Portuondo in a unrepeatable version of the bolero Mil Congojas, and bass player Cachaito Lopez.

One of his last performances was in Milan, Italy, where he played with flutist and saxophonist Javier Zalba, drummer Ramses Rodriguez, bass player Omar Gonzalez and percussionist Joel Hierrezuelo.

Fonseca’s playing with Zalba dates back to 1997 when the former member of the Irakere band and the pianist formed the group Temperamento, with which they recorded the underrated disc En el comienzo on the EGREM label.

The Milan press presented Fonseca as a bearer of an original language described as: "the rationality, improvisation and geometry of jazz."

Roberto Fonseca has done all this without leaving behind the Buena Vista Social Club, where he occupies the piano chair of the late Ruben Gonzalez.


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