Jul 12, 2011
Cuba has given us outstanding jazz pianist in the past – Chucho and Bebo Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hilario Duran and Emiliano Salvador are just a few of the diversely talented performers we’ve had the privilege to hear and see in the USA. With the release of El Pais de Las Maravillas, Harold Lopez Nussa seems poised to join them. This is the art of the piano trio by way of Havana, and it swings, sways and shimmers with all the passion associated with that musical capital.
Recording with a trio composed of brother Ruy Adrian Lopez on drums and Felipe Cabrera on double bass, Nussa presents a variety of sounds and styles over the course of eleven compositions. Saxophonist David Sanchez joins on three tracks, and livens up “La Fiesta Va” with his give and take with Lopez.
Lopez is front and center on “Perla Marina”, caressing the piano over the subtle bass and drums with a style reminiscent of Keith Jarrett. “Pa’Gozar” and “Guarija” swing with a more percussive Latin feel, with percussion sliding in and out of the spaces left by Lopez’s piano.
Recent visa issues have prevented Lopez from appearing the US this summer. Here’s hoping for a quick cutting of red tape to let us enjoy him onstage soon.