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Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez: Duologue (Mack Avenue)

Pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martinez each embody and exemplify different perspectives on Afro-Cuban jazz from its current generation of rising stars. Martinez is firmly rooted in the tradition and a near-endless wellspring of grooves. Rodríguez, on the other hand, threads the cadence and tone of the island through an ambient, melodious sound indebted … Read More “Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez: Duologue (Mack Avenue)”

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Alfredo Rodríguez: The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)

A dozen years after his breakthrough performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and seven since his Mack Avenue debut, the Cuban-born pianist Alfredo Rodríguez continues to dazzle with technique and vision. Quincy Jones, who began mentoring Rodríguez after that Montreux gig and the pianist’s move to the U.S., returns here as co-producer, bringing a luminosity … Read More “Alfredo Rodríguez: The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)”

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Alfredo Rodriguez: Tocororo

The tocororo, Cuba’s national bird, is a brightly plumed songbird that, according to legend, dies of sadness when caged. The political symbolism is obvious: Alfredo Rodriguez, a Cuban expatriate, emigrated to the U.S. in 2009; as he puts it on his website, “Cuba was my cage.” But this album is not a jeremiad or a … Read More “Alfredo Rodriguez: Tocororo”

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Alfredo Rodriguez: The Invasion Parade

Alfredo Rodríguez has lived something of a charmed life since defecting from Cuba five years ago. First, no less than Quincy Jones, who had caught Rodríguez’s Montreux set a few years earlier, decided to mentor the young pianist, co-producing his 2011 Mack Avenue debut, Sounds of Space. Glowing reviews followed, and Jones has now returned … Read More “Alfredo Rodriguez: The Invasion Parade”

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