Roberto Fonseca – Yo

October 22, 2013 / No Comments / Tags: Assane Mboup, Baba Sissoko, concord jazz, Étienne M'Bappé, Fatoumata Diawara, Faudel, Felipe Cabrera, Joel Hierrezuelo, Mike Ladd, Munir Hossni, Ramsés Rodriguez, Roberto Fonseca, Sekou Kouyate,

(Concord Jazz)

Cuban-born pianist-composer Roberto Fonseca’s bold blend of piano and eclectic sound textures makes Yo one of the great albums of this year. The recording joins Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, soul and voice elements to create his own energetic musical groove. Yet somehow within this cacophony of beats, the keys manages to cut through and drive it all. There’s an intensity and immediacy to Fonseca’s playing, even in ballad mode, that truly grabs the ear. Likewise the compositions, most of which are originals, are sonically engulfing. Percussionist Baba Sissoko, bassist Étienne M’Bappé, guitarist Munir Hossni, kora player Sekou Kouyate make up the African musician lineup on the project, while Joel Hierrezuelo, drummer Ramsés Rodriguez and acoustic bassist Felipe Cabrera comprise the Cuban player personnel. There’s also some great vocal work included from Fatoumata Diawara, Faudel, Assane Mboup and spoken-word artist Mike Ladd.  This amazing and unique musical adventure is a true work of art.

Click to listen to a clip of “80’s”:

Tracks: 80’s,Bibisa,  Mi Negra Ave Maria,  7 Rayos, El Sonador Esta Cansado, Chabani, Gnawa Stop, El Mayor, JMF, Astes Lsa Vida, Quien Soy Yo, Rachel, Remixes: Bibisa, 80’s  .