13 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the help of producer Quincy Jones, jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez uses his native Cuba’s resplendent music as a springboard for dynamic worldly fusions. The man's nimble key-work mirrors his band’s zigzagging Latin rhythms, and blends fluidly with both the Mid-East tones of trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf (“Venga la Esperanza”) and the undulating trills of Indian singer Ganavya (“Tocororo”). Rodriguez reinvents classical standards, skips from passionate flamencos to twirling accordion-led tangos, and even dips into sensual jazz-funk with French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. Crisp chords and darting notes are the hyphens that hold it all together.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With the help of producer Quincy Jones, jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez uses his native Cuba’s resplendent music as a springboard for dynamic worldly fusions. The man's nimble key-work mirrors his band’s zigzagging Latin rhythms, and blends fluidly with both the Mid-East tones of trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf (“Venga la Esperanza”) and the undulating trills of Indian singer Ganavya (“Tocororo”). Rodriguez reinvents classical standards, skips from passionate flamencos to twirling accordion-led tangos, and even dips into sensual jazz-funk with French-Cuban duo Ibeyi. Crisp chords and darting notes are the hyphens that hold it all together.

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