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Cuban Jazz Pianists Mesh on Stage
The two musicians’ careers have grown over the years converting them into symbols of the current Cuban piano tradition, and they didn’t fail to please when they took the stage at the Amadeo Roladan Theater.

As composers, each has a unique style. Harold Lopez Nussa’s En Herencia, dedicated to his uncle Ernan Lopez Nussa, and another untitled composition dedicated to his mother show a very structured development style that breaks out into a rhythmic storm. This can also be heard in Echa that features a more controlled structure based on Latin Jazz themes and even more so in La jungla.

Aldo Lopez-Gavilan styles is much more flashy seen in diverse explorations from virtuoso explosions in Pajaro carpintero to abrupt minimalism in Divagacion; although he can also break out into a jam as he did in the piece Bossita rica.

More interesting however is that the pianists were at their best when playing together and rounded out by drummer Ruy Adrian Lopez Nussa.

With Harold and Aldo the lineage of Cuban piano on the jazz side has a shot of vitality boosted by other young talents such as Rolando Luna, Alfredo Rodríguez Salicio, and Alejandro Vargas.


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