Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's latest with his trio is, for the most part, a sparse, introspective disc that belies its title and much of Rubalcaba's previous work.

Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's latest with his trio is, for the most part, a sparse, introspective disc that belies its title and much of Rubalcaba's previous work. If Rubalcaba has been guilty of the "too many notes" syndrome, he is quite economical here, relying on multiple breaks and syncopations for effect. The classic "El Manicero" is surprisingly airy and crisp, and "Supernova" and "Supernova 2" are wonderful exercises in rhythmic surprise. Although Rubalcaba is a soulful player, the disc languishes on such slower tracks as "Alma Mía" and "El Cadete Constitucional," which begins with the breathtaking bass solo but then peters out. Overall, though, this is a refreshing outing, one that further proves Rubalcaba's versatility.—LC