Photos (c)Carlos Pericas
Miraculously clear. Chiming. Deep and capacious. Cuban-born Roberto Fonseca's vital compositions and piano work speak the languages of the Latin world, West Africa, the Maghreb, jazz, funk and electronica. Check this out on his collection Yo (Concord Jazz), now in US release. Particularly scrumptious: the sweet, kora-influenced "Bibisa"--in both its original and remixed forms--and the North African-influenced "Chabani" and "Gnawa Stop." And hear Fonseca and his band live, later this month, in New York!