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4.0 out of 5 stars There's a glorious fluidity to his playing..., 28 Mar 2012
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Alistair Moom (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Yo - Roberto Fonseca (Audio CD)
Roberto Fonseca is one heck of a pianist, firmly grounded in his native Cuba, but also a child of his time, strongly influenced by the 1980s, especially Rockit-era Herbie Hancock.
That's quite apparent on the first cut here, "'80s", which builds on Hancock's work from that time, heavily rhythmic -- except the rhythms are Cuban -- and moving between some outstanding piano work and some low-key Hammond for a very joyful noise.
From there he switches tack completely, bringing up an Afro-Cuban soft groove for "Bibisa", working with singer Fatoumata Diawara as well as kora and ngoni.
It's beautifully successful, a fusion that works elsewhere on the disc, with "Chabani" connecting the dots between Cuba and Algeria, while "Gnawa" delves into the Moroccan gnawa tradition.
There's plenty of Cuba throughout, but it's at its strongest on "7 Rayos", which is an homage to Santeria.
Fonseca is a towering presence all over the disc, whether he's touching blues on "Asi Es la Vida" or trading lines with electric kora on "JMF".
There's a glorious fluidity to his playing, but he's also an excellent listener, working well with the other musicians.
This disc will greatly enhance his reputation, and definitely raises him up several notches. C Nickson
Akokan - Roberto Fonseca
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yo is great, 15 Feb 2013
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Challenging but brilliant the more you listen the better it gets. I will keep an eye out for other albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars cuba meets mali with an edge, 2 Jan 2013
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brilliant musicianship, melodies and rhythms to die for. A must for anyone interested in the best contemporary piano with a modern sound of the diaspora
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Jaaaaaz man!, 22 Dec 2013
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Kathryn (Durham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This guy's piano grooves are so therapeutic. They lie under the other instrumentals in such a surprising and subtle way. A few tracks make for a more challenging listen for me as I am not really a jazz enthusiast, but having seen Fonseca live, which was just a stunning performance (and the man himself is a dude and very easy on the eye!) I have invested in two of his albums now and they are both becoming my first choice of listen for chilling to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, 14 Dec 2012
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Ms. E. Hawkins (Cheltenham, UK) - See all my reviews
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A fusion of cultures, latin, african beats .....something new...... great to run to. This album will make you want to move.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC!, 4 Nov 2012
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I saw Roberto live at the Barbican earlier this year - the whole concert was absolutely brilliant and this album captures the energy and vitality of that evening!
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