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08 Mar
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18 Jan
Most Recent Castaway - 6th March, 2015
Alex Condé (2015)

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Pianist, composer and teacher Alex Condé is a rising star in jazz. A Spaniard by birth, he was weaned on flamenco: his father, Alejandro, is a famous singer, and just about everyone in the family plays or sings or both in that tradition.

In 2007, Alex followed his dream by enrolling at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was awarded a scholarship, graduating Cum Laude in Jazz Performance in 2009, and was awarded the Jazz Revelation award that same year. Then, having had enough of snow, even after only two years, he was drawn to the Bay Area, which, according to Alex, has the climate most like that of Spain.

He's completely immersed in the musical fusion of classical, flamenco and jazz. His debut recording, on Zoho Records, arrived just a month ago: it's a very special program of Thelonious Monk music.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 El Camarón de la Isla con la Colaboración Especial de Paco de Lucía Rosa María Rosa María Phillips
# 2 Paco de Lucía Sólo Quiero Caminar Sólo Quiero Caminar Polydor/Verve
# 3 Alex Condé Descarga for Monk Thelonious Zoho
# 4 Chucho Valdés Fantasia Cubana: Variations on Classical Themes Three Faces of Lécuona: La Comparsa—No. 1 Blue Note
# 5 Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane Trinkle Tinkle Jazzland
# 6 Danilo Pérez The Journey The Taking Novus
# 7 Alex Condé Descarga for Monk Think of One Zoho
# 8 Chick Corea Akoustic Band Spain GRP
         
Book Robin D.G. Kelley, "Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original"
         
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