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Album Review

Roberto Juan Rodriguez, the drummer for Marc Ribot's acclaimed Los Cubanos Postizos, leads an eclectic 12-piece ensemble through an exploratory set of originals, seamlessly melding Cuban and Jewish influences. Joining Rodriguez are heavy hitters from the klezmer and avant-garde jazz worlds, including Mark Feldman, David Krakauer, Matt Darriau, Peter Apfelbaum, Craig Taborn, Susie Ibarra, Marcus Rojas, and Brad Jones. The disc is short and sweet (under 45 minutes), with hypnotic Afro-Cuban vamps intersecting the old-world sound of strings and clarinets. Occasionally a soloist will emerge — Marcus Rojas' tuba and Ted Reichman's accordion are especially engaging. The grooves can grow a bit repetitive, although the pace picks up significantly on the finale, "Jerusalem Market." ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Percussionist, composer, and arranger Roberto Juan Rodriguez, whose unique blending of Latin and Jewish music has essentially created a whole new hybrid, was born in Cuba, the son of veteran horn player Roberto Luis Rodriguez. The younger Rodriguez studied violin, piano, and trumpet in Havana, and learned to play drums there, as well. He left Cuba for Miami with his family when he was nine. While still in his teens, Rodriguez began playing drums with his father's various ensembles in the Miami area,...
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