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Alfredo Rodriguez (2014)

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Born in Havana, Cuba, Alfredo Rodriguez trained at several classical music conservatories. He did not encounter jazz until his teens, when an uncle gave him a copy of Keith Jarrett's "Köln Concert".

Just out of his teens, in 2006 Alfredo was selected as one of only a dozen pianists from around the world to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. It was at that festival that his exceptional playing struck a chord with legendary music producer Quincy Jones, who has always had a knack for spotting extraordinary talent.

Quincy invited Alfredo to come to the USA to pursue a career in music, something that would prove difficult for Alfredo, more so than most: it always difficult to leave home, even without considerations of the relations between the USA and Cuba. Nonetheless, Alfredo chose to, and was able to, follow Quincy's advice. Proving that his support was not an empty promise, it was Quincy who produced Alfredo's first recording, "Sounds of Space".

Calling Los Angeles his home base for five years now, Alfredo tours the world, appearing at North American jazz festivals from Newport to Monterey and from Detroit to San Francisco. He has also performed in Europe (France, Italy, the Netherlands), and in Brazil and China, from the last of which he has just returned.

Alfredo's newest recording is "The Invasion Parade".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Beny Moré The Voice and Work of Beny Moré Dolor y Perdon Milan
# 2 Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk Quartet Alone in San Francisco Ruby, My Dear Riverside
# 3 J.S. Bach Pierre Boulez Conducts Webern - II Pierre Boulez, and the Berliner Philharmonic Fugue for Six Voices from "The Musical Offering" Deutsche Grammophon
# 4 Igor Stravinsky Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and "The Firebird", Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic The Rite of Spring Deutsche Grammophon
# 5 Bill Evans and Jim Hall Undercurrent My Funny Valentine Blue Note
# 6 Pio Levya Definitive Cuban Macorina Not Now
# 7 Herbie Hancock Speak Like a Child Riot Blue Note
# 8 Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh Intuition Intuition Capitol
# 9 Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh Intuition Digression Capitol
# 10 Cojunto Reberto Faz Definitive Cuban Suena Ta Bongo Not Now
# 11 Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 Bouncing with Bud Blue Note
# 12 Beny Moré The Voice and Work of Beny Moré Que Bueno Baila Usted Milan
         
Book José Marti, "La Edad de Oro" ("The Golden Age"); or
something by George Gurdjieff
         
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