Te Lo Dije

“The Windmills of Your Mind”

(Mack Avenue Records)

Havana-born pianist Harold López-Nussa continues to transmit great joy and creativity with his exciting approach to jazz with a Cuban accent. A party atmosphere permeates his latest release, Te Lo Dije (Mack Avenue), which features irresistible rhythms and occasional background chatter and vocal interjections from the pianist and his ensemble. As usual, his brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa keeps the beats percolating from his traps and hand drums, while bassist Julio César González lays down fat grooves and trumpeter Mayquel González adds brass muscle to the proceedings. López-Nussa invited French accordionist Vincent Peirani to join the core piano trio on a breezy read of “The Windmills of Your Mind,” Michel Legrand’s cinematic classic (from The Thomas Crown Affair). The moody, minor melody is taken at a swift pace, with Peirani teasing out the chanson nature of the song. However, López-Nussa’s arrangement and the danceable rhythms evoke the Malecón more than the French Riviera, particularly as the song winds to a close by teasing a festive descarga listeners may wish he would have developed further, not wishing the party to end.

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