Cathlene Pineda, Rainbow Baby – ALBUM REVIEW #27
The first notes of Rainbow Baby instantly let us believe that keeping quiet about this album for long was an impossible mission. To be honest, at that time we didn’t know much about Cathlene Pineda despite her indisputable talent and extensive curriculum.
We first heard Cathlene’s music the exact same way we would have heard the music of an interesting stranger. Thanks to her vivid sense of communication and her generosity of spirit, we now hear Rainbow Baby the exact same way we would listen to the music of a friend.
And we really hope you will too.
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Cathlene Pineda, Rainbow Baby: our review
E.S.P. meets Speak No Evil
Strong in their direction, and, paradoxically enough, the indomitable pieces presented by Cathlene have a precious sense of fragility, a sense of fragility warmed up by musicians gifted with an indefectible sense of conversation. Rainbow Baby is an album of stretched timing, in an agreeable, and still, inflexible way.
The enjoyable fragility we evoked at the last paragraph is magnified by Pineda’s delicacy, a delicacy that is bursting like thunder at the most unexpected moments.
Carriers II (listen to this track below) illustrates this idea in its most significant manner. This song also contains some of the best drums work we’ve heard since Anthony Sánchez, paired with fine engineering which wouldn’t envy the works of Rudy Van Gelder (Blue Note’s iconic sound engineer) for a second.
On Slow Culture, we firmly believe that the most precious art forms have little merit or interest if they are not made accessible by enlightened spirits.
Rainbow Baby is an accessible album, uncompromisingly thought and executed, made of musical references that are as necessary as they are beautifully assumed. Pineda’s music resonates without counterproductive ego. Pineda’s music resonates without the maddening, desperate need for “just something else”.
Cathlene Pineda piano and compositions
Kris Tiner trumpet
Tina Raymond drums
David Tranchina bass
John Baffa recording, mixing
Stephen Marsh mastering
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon album artwork
About Cathlene Pineda:
Pineda has an MFA in jazz piano and composition from the California Institute of the Arts and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance with honors from the Mannes College of Music. She is a professor at Glendale Community College, and runs a private studio of piano and composition students. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their dog, and their two children.
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