Like one of the best feelings in the world which is coming home after a time away, a luminous deeply touching treatment of the beautiful Jack DeJohnette piece 'Silver Hollow' that goes back not only to The Blessing, an album that made Gonzalo Rubalcaba's name in the 1990s and also even further to Chicago legend DeJohnette's 1978 album New Directions, is an enormous highlight of Skyline.
An October 2018 Berklee NYC studio recording into the light there's the joyously elegant dancing quality that is aswirl on Miguel Matamoros standard 'Lágrimas Negras' and also a stand-out. Jarrettonian DeJohnette provides his own ''88 keys'' at the kit. His touch is a dream in all empathy and understanding. Second Great Miles Davis Quintet bassist Ron Carter, trio guardian angel, is both panoramic guide and wise sentence-finisher. Skyline includes Ron Parade (Milestone, 1979) piece, 'Gypsy.'
A remarkable player surely already in the pantheon of the greatest living jazz pianists along with Herbie Hancock and Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett and Chucho Valdés (Jamal incidentally namechecked on Jack's piece 'Ahmad the Terrible'), Rubalcaba displays once more his consummate command of jazz piano via the AfroCuban tradition fed into bebop that he sketched out evocatively with Carter as long ago as 1994's Diz. And Skyline contains the achievement of all these yesterdays, the song of experience and more as well as the promise of an entrancing tomorrow when the album is released. Gonzalo Rubalcaba photo: Anna Turayeva