Skyline Trio (USA)
“The title of the album will be Skyline, we recorded it in October at the Power Station in New York during a two-day session. It is the recording studios once called Avatar full of memories for all of us three. So many common memories are held in that place. I will never forget what artists like Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette, among many others, did for me when I arrived in the United States when I was under thirty. I'm reminded of Ron and Jack, Joe Lovano, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Paul Motian, ... all of whom took care of me, accepting me within the musical community. And from them I tried to learn as much as possible. Since then I have almost tried to pay them a tribute by inviting them to play with me 20 or 30 years later. The album will consist of 6 original tracks, two signed by each of us three. I then wanted to add two pieces of piano solo, the first written by Jose Antonio Mendez while the second is a version of "Lágrimas negras" made famous all over the world by the Buena Vista Social Club. Finally we decided to add a song born spontaneously , almost a blues, which was great.”… Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Pianist and composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba was already a young phenom with a budding career in his native Cuba when he was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in 1985. Since, Piano & Keyboard Magazine selected him as one of the great pianists of the 20th century, alongside figures such as Glenn Gould, Martha Argerich and Bill Evans; won two Grammys and two Latin Grammys, and established himself as a creative force in the jazz world.
In 2010, Rubalcaba and businessman Gary Galimidi, founded 5Passion Records and since, the label has not only released Rubalcaba’s latest recordings such as Fe (2011), XXI (2012) Live Faith (2014) and the Latin Grammy nominated Suite Caminos (2015), but also album by artists such as Yosvany Terry, John Daversa and Ignacio Berroa. Reflecting his interest in music education, Rubalcaba joined the faculty of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music in 2015.
Dizzy Gillespie’s remarks (1985) on first hearing Gonzalo “…the greatest pianist I’ve heard in the last 10 years”…
Ben Ratliff, The New York Times “… Meticulous Jazzman of the World”
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of creative associations throughout his career is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter and so many more. Along the way, he has developed a versatility that allows room for hard bop, R&B, world music, avant-garde, and just about every other style to emerge in the past half-century.
Born in Chicago in 1942, DeJohnette grew up in a family where music and music appreciation was a high priority. In 1968, DeJohnette joined Miles Davis’s group just prior to the recording of Bitches Brew, an album that triggered a seismic shift in jazz and permanently changed the direction of the music. Miles later wrote in his autobiography: “Jack DeJohnette gave me a deep groove that I just loved to play over.” DeJohnette stayed with Davis for three years, making important contributions to prominent Davis recordings like Live-Evil and A Tribute to Jack Johnson (both in 1971) and On the Corner (1972).
DeJohnette’s Peace Time won a Grammy in 2009 for Best New Age Album. But the 2009 Grammy is just one many awards that DeJohnette has received over the years, beginning in 1979 with the French Grand Prix Disc and Charles Cros awards. More than any awards and accolades, though, DeJohnette continues to make the creative process his highest priority.
Ron Carter is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz history, with more than 2,200 albums to his credit, an accomplishment honored in the 2015 Guinness Book of World Records. He has recorded with greats including: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons, Jaki Byard, Eric Dolphy and Cannonball Adderley.
From 1963 to 1968, Ron was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and MVP by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He earned two Grammy awards, one in 1993 for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, and another in 1998 for “Call Sheet Blues” from the film “Round Midnight”. In 2014, Ron received the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, France's premier cultural award, by the French Minister of Culture.
Ron teaches frequently at master classes around the world. He has also received 5 honorary doctorates, most recently from The Juilliard School.
“[Carter] is arguably the greatest bass player jazz has ever known.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
"Ron Carter is the greatest jazz bassist ever, with his unparalleled gift for creating bass lines." – Bass Player Magazine