Cuban-born artist Omar Sosa is the most consistently arresting pianist in jazz today.

Cuban-born artist Omar Sosa is the most consistently arresting pianist in jazz today. His virtuosity as an ensemble leader has been well-established with his last four CD releases. His third solo effort, "A New Life" is definitely his most deeply contemplative recording. As an album title, "A New Life" references the birth of Sosa's son, Lonious Said. In fact, the 16 improvisations are dedicated to his new child. As a group, the tunes are elegant, pensive creations and as melodic as anything Sosa has ever recorded. He plays with an impressive economy, but that in no way limits the imaginative and emotional scope of his performance. The listening experience is delightful and resonant. "A New Life" unfolds seamlessly, like 16 variations on a theme. Track 17—which finds Sosa improvising to a recording of his son's heartbeat and first cries—is the coup de grace of a momentous jazz album. Racked in the U.S. by Harmonia Mundi.—PVV

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