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Friday October 11, 2019

_From 88.3 FM WBGO.org

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By: NATE CHINEN

“Cuban pianist and composer Roberto Fonseca has been a force to reckon with since he was a teenager, and it has been 20 years since he released his first album. His latest, Yesun, is a supremely assured statement that takes the Afro-Cuban stamp on modern jazz as a matter of settled fact.

The album begins with a track called ‘La Llamada,’ featuring wordless vocals by the Cuban a cappella group Gema 4. There’s a welcoming ease to the melody, and an unhurried feeling in the groove ‘” though Fonseca makes sure that the music pulls you forward. He isn’t showing his hand just yet: Yesun is a journey, he seems to be saying, on which we’ve only just embarked.”

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