Omar Sosa with Adam Rudolph Pictures of Soul (Otá/Harmonia Mundi)
Sosa is perhaps the most prominent Cuban jazz pianist working today. On his 10th album, he's teamed up with Los Angeles-based world music percussionist Adam Rudolph with mixed results. Sosa is known for playing outside the box of Afro-Cuban jazz and as a pianist with fully evolved harmonic sense. So while some of Rudolph's percussion lends itself nicely to Sosa's expressive compositions, some of it simply sounds like a three-year-old in a kitchen full of pots and pans, which distracts from Sosa's mostly tender, engaging keyboard work. At times, Rudolph seems to bang on things simply because he has them.
Release date: Jan. 13, 2004