Rubén Gonz á lez


Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums -

Born in 1919, González helped de­fine the dis­tinc­tive sound of Cuban pi­ano from the 1940s un­til re­tir­ing in the 1980s. Lured out of re­tire­ment for the Buena Vista So­cial Club ses­sion in 1996, de­spite arthri­tis and not hav­ing owned a pi­ano for a while, González’s joy­ful, in­fec­tious play­ing re­tained all its grace and flavour. When that al­bum was done, the tapes kept rolling and the mu­si­cians played for an­other two days to cut a González solo al­bum – only his sec­ond, and his first since 1975. González poured all he knew into nim­ble, sun­lit ver­sions of Cuban son, chachacha, boleros dan­zons, and his own com­po­si­tions. This ex­panded 2-LP ver­sion drips with so much essence of Cuba you’ll need air con­di­tion­ing. Jim Irvin

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