Cuban pianist Omar Sosa’s new CD, Inside , contains an intimate and engaging set of solo piano improvisations. They are at times pensive and introspective, at times romantic, playful and delicate – always inventive and unpredictable.

“Omar Sosa is the cat to watch these days,” writes noted Bay Area music critic Chuy Varela. “His impressionistic musings are creating an exciting buzz – they are an imaginative aural feast”. About Omar’s first solo piano CD, Varela wrote, “Omar Omar (OTA1001) is a stunning album marked by unorthodox technique, offbeat rhythmic energy, and harmonic boldness. Omar’s musical imagination is eclectic, mysterious, wryly humorous, and wonderfully improvisational”. Inside follows in a similar, if slightly quieter, vein.

Showcasing at the IAJE Convention in Los Angeles earlier this year with percussionist John Santos, Omar’s creativity caught the attention of North Sea Jazz Festival producers (Holland), where Omar performed in July of this year. The Festival exclaimed that “Omar will be ranked among the great wizards of the keyboard, such as Chick Corea and George Duke”. Omar returns to Europe in October with John Santos for the European release of Inside , his second solo piano recording.

Inside follows the release earlier this year of Omar’s extraordinary large ensemble recording, Spirit of the Roots (OTA1005). Part three of Omar’s “Roots Trilogy” is scheduled for release in January 2000. Part one of the Trilogy is Omar’s groundbreaking 1997 CD Free Roots (OTA1003).