Roberto Fonseca - Yo
Pianist combines cutting edge jazz, lyrical poems and more clubby sound
(Montuno/ Jazz Village)
Hitherto dressed by number one French fan Agnès B, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca literally strips naked to underscore journeying into the diaspora of his Afro-Cuban roots. As eclectic as ever, Fonseca walks a fine line between cutting edge trio jazz, lyrical poems and flirtations with a more high energy, clubby scene.
Beautiful collaborations with Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara and Assane Mboup among others are welcome. A consummate classical and popular pianist, Fonseca’s bold percussive style fused with wit, discipline and knowledge of the masters mark him as innovating the future of jazz, at home and abroad.