Album Remarks & Appraisals:
'El Viaje (The Journey),' the title track of Cuban pianist and composer Harold López-Nussa's debut release on Mack Avenue Records, seems to sway gently like a boat in the water - as if readying for a voyage or returning to port after arrival - trumpet and voices whispering memories. This scene aptly describes López-Nussa's experiences of traveling throughout the world, yet always finding his way back to his hometown of Havana, Cuba. This journey of body and spirit has led simultaneously to a musical exploration where he visits various genres and ideas while staying true to his foundational roots.
The release of López-Nussa's music stateside is a significant postscript to President Obama's recent trip to Havana. The conservatory-trained pianist is the first Cuba-based musician (he has dual citizenship in both Cuba and France) to release an album internationally since the lifting of many of the restrictions associated with the longstanding trade embargo.
Personnel: Máyquel González (trumpet, flugelhorn).
Recording information: Estudios Ojalá, La Habana, Cuba; p Professional, La Habana, Cuba.
Photographer: Eduardo Rawdríguez.