FABIAN ALMAZAN – RHIZOME

The Cuban-born New Yorker follows up 2011’s Personalities with a more nuanced and challenging release. Fabian is an expressive and passionate jazz pianist and Rhizome gives him an additional canvas to paint his mosaic. He aptly employs a string quartet, vocals and a touch of synthesizer to entice and challenge the listener. “El Coqui’s Dream” and “Espejos” are two of my favorite jazz compositions of the year.