Rubalcaba's relationship with Haden remains a living thing: "We established a kind of relationship that has been [based on] learning from him and his culture, his music," the pianist says. "And he has been learning with us about our culture. So that has been the great bridge, if you put together those two as part of the Nocturne record. He really has the feeling to play boleros and even some tumbaos. That's very special. That's not common."