New in June the above opening track is from the fine, powerfully expressive, Cuban themed release by pianist Fabian Almazan This Land Abounds With Life, with Linda May Han Oh (acoustic/electric bass) and Henry Cole (drums), + a string quartet on one track, Almazan says: “I didn’t want to make an overtly political album but there are things that are wrong both in the U.S. and in Cuba. By no means do I have the answers. But everyone’s caught up with their power struggle. I’m being allusive because my main focus is the environment and nature, and being able to look beyond today, beyond politics and ideologies to the basic foundation of life, which if we continue to overlook, the consequences are going to be catastrophic.” Listen to ‘Benjamin’ from the album to be released on the Biophilia label above.