Alfredo RodrÍguez Trio


Alfredo Rodríguez piano
Munir Hossn bass, guitar
Michael Olivera drums

Grammy nominated artist Alfredo Rodríguez reflects the talents of legendary jazz pianists Keith Jarrett and Thelonious Monk. Schooled in the classical conservatories of Havana, Rodríguez’s artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Cuban and jazz roots. Tonight he performs music from Tocororo – his new album on Mack Avenue Records – where his story is represented by the national bird of Cuba. The Tocororo is a bird that if caged dies of sadness, reflecting not only the desire for liberty, but the necessity of it. Beyond that, though, is the story of everything else the bird represents: freedom, travel, and cross-pollination. In Rodríguez’s case, it represents the cross pollination of his Cuban culture with all of the cultures he has experienced throughout his musical journey

Any pianist with training in Afro-Cuban jazz can play tender, introspective lyricism with the same ease as slashing, pounding rhythms. But to pivot back and forth between them with no apparent transition, the way Alfredo Rodríguez does, is to demonstrate a whole other stratum of talent. Washington City Paper


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