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The Invasion Parade

Alfredo Rodriguez Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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On 'The Invasion Parade', Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodriguez explores his memories of Cuba, the people and the culture he left behind. Co-Produced by Quincy Jones, Rodriguez' champion and mentor, the album also features a superb ensemble that includes bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez, and drummer and percussionist Henry Cole.

'The Invasion Parade' comprises nine tracks including originals by Rodriguez as well as evergreens such as "Guantanamera", Maria Teresa Vera's "Veinte Años", and "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás".

"I searched different styles, different rhythms of Cuban music", explains Rodriguez. "I explored Conga Santiaguera [a rhythm from Santiago, in Eastern Cuba]; Afro-Cuban music and also música guajira [country music]. I'm exploring the roots and searching for my own contribution to Cuban music."

Personnel: Alfredo Rodriguez (piano, Minimoog voyager synthesizer, electronics percussion), Esperanza Spalding (vocals, acoustic bass - tracks 3, 7), Peter Slavov (acoustic bass), Henry Cole (drums, percussion), Pedrito Martinez (vocals, percussion), Roman Filiu (alto and soprano saxophone), Billy Carron (baritone saxophone), Javier Porta (flute)


(4 stars) Martinez' percussion and several highly emotional vibrant vocals are outstanding...Alfredo has a great future ahead. This is an exceptional recording of its kind. --Jazzwise, (Tony Hall), May 2014

(4 stars) A strong year for Caribbean-Jazz crossovers continues with this captivating release...Ebullient and sultry piano, intricate and irresistible rhythm, and a Latin dance classic gets a surprising twist. --Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), March 8, 2014

(4 stars) The Cuban pianist's vibrant title track evokes an annual carnival in Santiago de Cuba, and his own compositions are augmented with fresh takes on four well-known Cuban tunes, including Guantanamera and Veinte Anos. His contemporary explorations of traditional Cuban rhythms give a vivid original spin to the music, but without any sacrifice of colour or energy. --The Scotsman, (Kenny Mathieson), March 13, 2014

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best music of 2014 so far! 9 May 2014
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Best music of 2014 so far. Alfredo takes it to another level with this music! Haven't stopped listening since its Feb release. Great cover too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than fulfills the promise of Sounds of Space 8 Mar 2014
By Brian Whistler - Published on
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On his sophomore effort, The Invasion Parade (which like his excellent debut album "Sounds of Space" is produced by the great Quincy Jones,) pianist/composer Alfredo Rodriguez has expanded his palette beyond the trio format to show the true scope of his musical interests, which seem to push past the convenient labels we have for modern improvised music; on the surface this might be called contemporary Afro Cuban jazz, but is really much more than that, defying convenient categorization.

Alfredo Rodriguez writes beautiful melodies that seem to come from folk songs. He freely takes that folkloric element and filters it through a steely classical sensibility to create rock solid structures from which to extemporize. His classical discipline shines through in his improvisations as well, often eschewing single lines for angular musical gestures- he seems to view the entire piano as an orchestra, rather than limiting his soloing to playing traditional right hand lines with left hand comping. In this regard he reminds me of the great Venezualan pianist and composer, Danilo Perez. There is restraint here, yet every once in a while a fiery ribbon of pure melodic power is released, breaking to the surface through the dynamic tension. Rodriguez plays the piano like a drum, choosing to express rthymically, but with a modern harmonic vocabulary, often sounding like a cross between Ginastera and Monk.

It's no coincidence that Esperanza Spalding, another fearless boundary breaking artist of staggering abilities, appears on two tracks. Just to hear her vocally navigate the melody on the lyrical Rodriguez original, El Guije is jaw dropping; her vocal scatting on this track is worth the price of the album alone.

The Invasion Parade is a festival of color, rhythm and melody. Stylistically Rodriguez is equally adept arranging a horn section on Cubismo, (a decidedly skewed salsa tune) as he is grooving on the Moog mini Voyager on the fusion tune Timberobot or summoning a crepuscular mood on the mysteriously evocative "Snails in the Creek". There are also a couple of beautiful trio ballads that add some needed breathing room between the uptempo long forms. One can hear that besides the pyrotechnics, Rodriguez is a sensitive ballad player as well. Rodriguez's resourceful reharmonization of the classic ballad Viente Anos brings to mind the work of another now well established Cuban piano master, Gonsalvo Rubalcaba. It is quite evident here that there is a lyrical side to Rodriguez that I am hoping we will see more of as he matures.

In short, great tunes, great arrangements and great players led by an emerging master who will no doubt be on the scene for decades to come. Looking forward to Alfredo's appearance in SF next month! Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 12 Mar 2014
By Sam Jackson - Published on
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Absolutely wonderful!
It is the best jazz album I've heard in the last couple years! Alfredo Rodriguez is a real master at piano. The album was produced by legendary producer Quincy Jones, it can only be amazing!!
5.0 out of 5 stars This Fascinating Latin Jazz Trip Is A Must-Take! 27 May 2014
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Just after becoming an international sensation on the jazz scene with his landmark
debut blockbuster Sounds And Space in 2012 that was followed by a serious of recital
tours during the two-year period, Alfredo Rodriguez delighted the music world with this
challenging and visually stunning masterwork. Released in 2014 to critical accolades,
The Invasion Parade is a breezy and colourful stroke of genius that is a celebration of
freedom and the power of solidarity as he did so in an honest and bold manner, which
he and his band performed with astounding provocation and multi-faceted eclecticism.
Beginning with the title track, the sprawling track set concludes with his robust take of
Guantanamera, as it proceeds in full force with fresh ‘new’ compositions, like El Guije,
A Santa Barbara, Timberobot—which features electronic sound effects, the jazz waltz
classic Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, as well as with the atmospheric Veinte Anos (Twenty
Years) and even the final track Cubismo (Cubism). Hailed by Quincy Jones as one of
the most prolific and gifted jazz pianists of the 21st Century, The Invasion parade find
the young jazz piano master in top form which he perpetuates the solid backbeat and
Afro-Cuban rhythms to a higher authority while he sees himself as a creator of music
who defines his art in a reflective upbeat momentum as he draws on his experiences
and where he is heading. So come along and invite your friends to become a part of
this timeless experience as Rodriguez presents it with pride the second time around.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 6 Mar 2014
By Alika Yee - Published on
I've never heard a vocal as impressive as what Esperanza is doing on El Guije. This album is groundbreaking in many ways.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 July 2014
By Carl N. Sidle - Published on
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