ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ THE INVASION PARADE

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“Su estilo es prolífico y lleno de alma, proyecta espiritualidad y un encanto juvenil” –The New York Times

“Yo he estado rodeado por los mejores musicos del mundo durante toda mi vida y é les uno de los mejores” – Quincy Jones

 

“Cuando vives en tu propio país estas inmerso en esa realidad y no necesariamente consiente de los elementos que la conforman” afirma el pianista y compositor cubano Alfredo Rodríguez, quien se mudó a Estados Unidos en enero del 2009. “Yo respiro música cubana. Y estando fuera de esa realidad me ha dado una perspectiva diferente. Creando y tocando esta música es como encontrar quien soy yo, de nuevo”.

En The Invasion Parade, el disco que sigue a su extraordinario debut con Mack Avenue, Sounds of Space, Rodríguez explora sus recuerdos de Cuba, la gente y cultura que dejo atrás, encontrando su nuevo lugar.

Con la coproducción de Quincy Jones, un gran mentor y soporte, Rodríguez ha logrado conformar un excelente ensamble de artistas que incluye a la bajista y vocalista Esperanza Spalding, el percusionista y vocalista Pedrito Martinez y el baterista y percusionista Henry Cole. 

 

 
 
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“”[Alfredo’s] playing, proficient and soulful, projects a spirited, youthful charm.” – The New York Times

 

“I have been surrounded by the best musicians in the world my entire life and he is one of the best.” – Quincy Jones

 

“When you live in your own country, you are immersed in that reality and you’re not necessarily conscious of all the different elements that make it what it is,” says Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez, who moved to the United States in January 2009. “I breathed Cuban music. Being outside that reality gives me a different perspective. Creating and playing this music has been like finding out who I am, all over again.” 

On The Invasion Parade, the follow-up to his stunning debut on Mack Avenue, Sounds of Space, Rodríguez explores his memories of Cuba, the people and the culture he left behind—and finds his new place.

Co-Produced by Quincy Jones, Rodríguez’ champion and mentor, and featuring a superb ensemble that includes bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martínez, and drummer and percussionist Henry Cole, The Invasion Parade comprises nine tracks including originals by Rodríguez as well as evergreens such as “Guantanamera,” Maria Teresa Vera’s “Veinte Años,” and “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás.”

 
 
 
 
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