Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and his all Cuban band were phenomenal

Theatre on Track’s concert review

By Don Albert


South Africa, March 10, 2011

Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and his all Cuban band were phenomenal.

Fonseca is a master of the build up to excitement. His style varies between delicate and percussive. His melodies are quite beautiful and each member of the band is a virtuoso of his instrument. The versatility of reedman Javier Zalba was plain to see as he moved from alto to soprano saxes, his beautiful clarinet tone was a pleasure to listen to, and then there was his exotic flute work. Bassist Omar González was tight in the rhythm playing and inventive in his solos. Percussionist Joel Hierrezuelo played a solo on conga drums that was spellbinding and drummer Ramsés Rodriguez was the engine that propelled the whole band. He was amazing, and he had a technique that will leave drummers drooling and the audience on the edge of their seats.

This was a superb debut concert by this new organisation, and a tough one to better.

I wish them only the best and I can’t wait to see what they are going to do in the future.

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