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From Japan: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quartet / Piano Solo ~ Giant Steps – Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival, 1992, featuring Reynald Melian (trumpet), Felipe Cabrera (bass) and Julio Barreto (drums)

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2 Responses to “From Japan: Gonzalo Rubalcaba Quartet / Piano Solo ~ Giant Steps – Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival, 1992, featuring Reynald Melian (trumpet), Felipe Cabrera (bass) and Julio Barreto (drums)”

  1. I came here looking for information on Felipe Cabrera. My Spanish is weak. Do you have a bio of him anywhere? Julio Barreto is the baddest drummer on earth, and Gonzalo always kills me! Thanks.

    • Dr. Davis,
      Here is some bio information about Felipe – this came from a tour booklet for a group in which he played double bass – hope it will be helpful
      as it was all I could find:

      Felipe Cabrera (double bass)
      Felipe Cabrera is part of a generation of revolutionary composers and musicians who ventured for the creative freedom afforded by jazz as an artistic means of expression. His early experiences in the academic sphere focussed on classical music; however, it was discovering Orlando “Cachaíto” López and his flair for the double bass that led Felipe Cabrera to become partial to Cuban folklore and jazz. He went to great lengths to learn how to play the double bass on account of his longing to broaden his musical horizons. A chance encounter led Cabrera to cross paths with a talented pianist in 1984. He proposed that Cabrera join his group Proyecto, which subsequently achieved renown as the Cuarteto Cubano. The pianist was Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Cabrera played alongside the pianist, Horacio “El Negro” Hernández and Julio Barreto for some 14 years. During this same period he also came to share the stage with other musicians such as Tata Güines, Changuito Quintana, Sergio Vitier, Santiago Feliu, Frank Emilio Flynn, Roberto Fonseca, Roberto Carcacés and Daphnis Prieto.
      In 1999, Felipe went to live in Paris, one of Europe’s jazz capitals. There he had the opportunity to play alongside top artists including the Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and the percussionist Miguel “Angá” Díaz. His studio collaborations include his contribution to the first album from the group Orishas. Over the course of his career, Felipe Cabrera has played the double bass for a number of prominent figures including Patato Valdés, Jimmy Sabater, José Mangual Jr, Eddy Palmieri, Chico Freeman, Chano Domínguez, German pianist Sebastian Schunke and the African salsa group Africando.

      Kam Falk


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