Exploring Infinite Possibilities: Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Ignacio Berroa Playing Caravan

by chipboaz on May 8, 2017

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There’s nothing like established masters taking a well worn standard, bending it, shaping it, and turning it into a completely new idea. When you take a series of chords and a recognizable melody, there’s just so many directions that you can go to create something new. In the end, it becomes a matter of seeing the inherent possibilities and then exploring them, a task that is sometimes easier said than done. Most musicians with a working knowledge of jazz can find the obvious options, and then others can push right beyond the most apparent directions. Decades of experience playing alongside jazz legends opens up a vast landscape of paths to follow when playing a standard. This is where the unforgettable performances emerge, exploding from minds of musicians that can see a horizon of endless possibilities, and then applying them during a concert.

Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba and drummer Ignacio Berroa certainly have the experience and musical insight to apply an unlimited world of possibility when attacking a standard. Both musicians developed awe astounding facility during their young lives in Cuba, studying primarily classical music while pursuing jazz outside of academic settings. Both musicians found their way to the United States, albeit through different methods, and garnered the immediate attention of the jazz world. In the eighties, both Rubalcaba and Berroa performed alongside Dizzy Gillespie, sometimes together and at other times in different Gillespie ensembles. Today, both musicians are respected band leaders that that have garnered significant acclaim for their innovations, affiliations, and explorations of new territories. They are also fearless musicians – a fact that’s on display vividly as they play Juan Tizol’s “Caravan” with bassist Jeff Chambers; it’s a mind boggling performance overflowing with possibilities.

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