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Listen to the new album ‘The Invasion Parade’ from Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez

Listen to the new album 'The Invasion Parade' from Cuban jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez

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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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