|Sing To The World|
by Willard Manus
fifth album, SING TO THE WORLD, is both a revelation and an inspiration.
The Venezuelan-born, New York-based pianists work was unknown to
me until now, but after listening to his new CD-and being stirred
by it-Ive become one of his biggest fans.
In SING TO THE WORLD Gonzalez leads the way on ten tunes, eight of which are original compositions. Backing him are such stellar musicians as Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Christian McBride (bass) and Sasha Mashin (drums). Together they play with explosive force and rhythmic abandon, making for a burst of toe-tapping, African-flavored music. Then they shift gears and slow down as they interpret ballads by Roy Hargrove(Father) and Jeff Tain Watts (412") with much delicacy and warmth.
Gonzalez points to McCoy Tyner as his inspiration. When I was a kid someone gave me a cassette of John Coltranes Afro Blue, he recalls. Wow. I set out to investigate who the piano player was. And it was McCoy Tyner. I knew I couldnt play like that, but I identified with him.