Roberto Fonseca - ABUC album review: a thrilling sense of immediacy

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Artist: Roberto Fonseca
Genre: Jazz
Label: Impulse!

Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca is doing with the music of his homeland what US pioneers like Robert Glasper are doing with jazz – drilling down into the roots of the music, examining the influences that created the current generation, but doing it without nostalgia or slavish imitation.

Instead, there is a thrilling sense of immediacy, of different currents converging on the present, and of a musician who is organically connected to his roots.

Fonseca – as well connected, spiritually and literally, to the Cuban piano tradition as it's possible to be – casts his net wide, touching on Afro Beat, Keith Jarrett, samba, hip-hop, R&B, funk and disco, but the heart of ABUC (read it backwards) is a vivid exposition of all that is alive and intoxicating about the Afro-Cuban tradition.

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin

Cormac Larkin, a contributor to The Irish Times, is a musician, writer and director